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Request for Proposal

Seattle City Light owns the Georgetown Steam Plant, a 110-year-old National Historic Landmark and a city landmark in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. After considerable past and current investment in the restoration and activation of the facility (which is planned to continue into the future), City Light is now seeking to partner with a non-profit organization which will:
  • Program, promote, and manage day-to-day operations of the facility for the public

  • Enter into a long-term lease with City Light as a master tenant of the Georgetown Steam Plant

Seattle City Light is seeking the partnership for the following purposes:

  1. First and foremost, the continued preservation of this historic landmark

  2. Interpretation of the facility for a wider public

  3. Promotion of arts and educational uses of the facility

  4. Engagement of traditionally underserved communities

  5. Protection of City Light’s customers through covering ongoing operating expenses as well as any additional amenities to the GTSP on a self-sustaining basis.

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March 13, 2018 Request for Proposals issued
April 10, 2018 Group Site tour, 10:00 A.M.
April 24, 2018 Deadline for questions and suggestions on the solicitation, 6:00 P.M. PST.

Questions/suggestions can be emailed to
May 15, 2018 Responses to questions and suggestions and any revisions to solicitation document transmitted by City Light to all interested parties.
July 10, 2018 Statements of Interest & Qualifications due to
July 31, 2018 City Light announces short list.
October 02, 2018 Proposals due from short listed proposers.
November 13, 2018 Possible interviews and selection of a preferred partner.
December 25, 2018 Negotiation of lease and program agreement begins.
February 05, 2019 City Council approval of lease and program agreement anticipated.

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South Park Neighborhood Profile

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Parties unable to attend the group tour may request a separate tour at: The Georgetown Steam Plant and its grounds are not accessible for drop-ins.

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