Two proposals for a section of land in downtown Brandon will help add value to the property, according to Renaissance Brandon’s downtown development specialist.
“Housing, commercial and retail, we don’t have any real data for that, so we’re going to get a really good foundation for that once this is over,” Braden Pilling said.
Renaissance Brandon issued a request for proposals earlier this month for the Brandon Inn property and a nearby section of vacant land, which is currently being used as a parking lot.
The organization also asked proponents to examine the Brown Block property and the parking lot beside it. The property is located at the northwest corner of Ninth Street and Princess Avenue.
The request for proposals include a land-use marketability study, schematic test-fit design, financial analysis study and strategic marketing plans.
The deadline for proposals was Monday.
According to City of Brandon’s website, Renaissance Brandon does not intend to be the developer of the property, but simply wants to add
value to it by conducting a scope of work contained in a request for proposal while strengthening data to support development in the Downtown Hub.
Renaissance Brandon intends to sell and or partner to redevelop the property.
Since both proposals received are to be kept confidential at this time, Pilling was unable to reveal too many details, besides the fact both companies are based in Western Canada.
“We’ve asked them to consider the possibilities of the property, and regardless, we’re going to get some very good information that can be used for downtown in general.”
Pilling said he’s hopeful proposal results will determine the best use for the properties, adding the area has the potential to be “prime property in downtown to develop.”
Another key component to the proposal is the city’s environmental assessment of the property, which is now in its second phase. The last phase of the assessment will determine if there are any underground containments, Pilling said.
Proposals will be discussed and reviewed once completed with city council sometime in the new year.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 20, 2013