Headquarter proposals to be discussed Oct. 14

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By Katherine Garcia


Two proposals have been submitted for a $131 million central district headquarters at 222 N. Alamo St., the former site of Playland Amusement Park, John Strybos, associate vice chancellor of facilities, said.

The proposals will be discussed at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 by the Building, Grounds and Sites Committee of the board.

The Ranger reported March 21 the original request for bids said a partnership would involve a public-private agreement or an “offer to exchange qualifying existing property.”

The proposals fall under a lease-exchange property agreement, Strybos said. Properties the district had available for exchange include offices on West Houston Street, Killen Center on West Sheridan and the Northeast Center on Pat Booker Road.

The district also owns land west of Interstate 10 at the Kendall County line purchased for a sixth college.

The original request for bids was a “competitive request for proposals,” so information on the proposals can’t be made public until they are responded to, said Ross Laughead, the district’s general counsel.

The request stated the building would have 146,166 assignable square feet for offices and 224,870 gross square feet for hallways, mechanical spaces and restrooms. Office dimensions range from 64 square feet to the chancellor’s 2,795 assignable square feet in 4,300 gross square feet, including a private restroom and shower.

About 30 potential developers attended a conference regarding a request for bids April 3.

The site was originally purchased for $4.131 million July 18, 2008, and was used as extra parking for students at this college until fall 2012.


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