There has been a bit of confusion and controversy over an announcement recently posted to the City of New Rochelle web site.
I sent a series of questions to City spokesperson Kathy Gilwit based on the concerns raised to me; she got a response from New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth (below).
Talk of the Sound Questions:
1. What is the word-for-word difference between the original proposal and the modified proposal?
2. Why were words added or removed?
3. What was/were the precipitating event(s) that drove the decision to make a modification?
4. What is the technical or legal effect of the change in language?
5. What is the practical effect of the language?
6. Was Monroe College a factor, directly or indirectly, in the decision to create what became the Modified Bid Posting Armory.
New Rochelle Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth responded:
The changes only have to do with supplemental information (drawings and elevations, site plans). These were requested by one respondent so we are now making them available to all. Because of production costs, there is a minimal $15 charge. Everyone who contacted us initially was called/emailed by staff to let them know this material was available if they wanted it. No changes were made to any element of the RFP and this material should be helpful; it does not change process, dates nor have legal or practical impact……and NO, Monroe was not involved.
This is standard operating procedure within RFPs, when a question or request is made by one respondent, we answer and make the additional info available to all.
Below is a link to the RFP page on the City web site and the email sent by the City and that caused a stir.
Modified Bid Posting Armory - Reuse Request for Proposals
Armory - Reuse Request for Proposals The City of New Rohelle (sic) invites qualified developement (sic) teams, cultrual (sic) ans (sic) civic organizations, colleges and universities, non-profit and for-profit business entities to submit proposals for the adaptive reuse of the former Armory located at 260-70 E. Main Street New Rochelle NY.
Please note that copies of the New Rochelle Armory Site Plan and Elevations are available in the Department of Development. The fee for these documents is $15.
Please contact Suzanne Reider, Senior Project Manager Department of Development.