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Purcellville issues RFP for preservation and management of Fireman’s Field

Purcellville Town Council has approved and issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the preservation and management of the Fireman’s Field Complex located at 250 S. Nursery Ave., according to town officials.

The RFP is issued with the purpose of fully and in perpetuity preserving, maintaining and enhancing the character and town ownership of the entire property by generating public revenue to cover related costs without having to increase citizens’ tax burden, town officials say.

Fireman’s Field is a historic property in downtown Purcellville. It includes an old baseball field, historic meeting tabernacle used for a roller skating rink and community events, a large, urban forest and park used for passive recreation and special events, two additional baseball fields and a public parking lot for the property and Town Hall.

Several members of the Purcellville Town Council and community have expressed a desire that any proposal maintains or improves upon many of the existing activities and events.

Town officials say they are looking for firms with proposals that will: permanently preserve, maintain, and enhance the character and feel of the property as a historic town asset and key component of Purcellville’s community identity and generate and maximize public revenue for Purcellville citizens.

The RFP is the next step in a year-long effort initiated by the Town Council to look at all options for the Fireman’s Field complex. Earlier this year, the town issued a request for information and received positive feedback from responding firms about the potential uses on the site. The town, in a news release, specifically noted that any firm may respond to the RFP, not just those who participated in the original RFI.

The RFP is available at http://www.purcellvilleva.gov/bids.

“Our responsibility as a Town Council is to look at all possible options,” Councilman Ryan Cool, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, said in a prepared statement. “With this RFP we want to receive formal proposals from the broader community on how firms may be able to preserve and manage this important and historic property.”

Mayor Kwasi Fraser said, “Building partnerships with local and regional firms enables us to identify and pursue innovative and creative solutions for preserving and enhancing the property while at the same time optimizing the revenue potential of our assets, resulting in economic and social benefit to the entire community. We heard great ideas for managing this property during the RFI process and we expect additional positive responses as part of the formal RFP.”

Initial questions should be sent by Aug. 14 for review and then response by the town. A time for a tour of the property will be provided to all interested firms after Aug. 14. The RFP will be open for formal responses until 10 a.m. Sept. 5. Questions about the RFP can be directed to the Procurement Specialist Kathy Elgin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-338-7093.


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