UVA seeks firms to conduct planning study for Grove Street properties

The draft master plan for the University of Virginia calls for the redevelopment of its properties in the Fifeville neighborhood south of the railroad track. Now the state institution has issued a request for qualifications for a firm to conduct a study to prepare for the future.

“The purpose of the planning study is to assess potential program uses of the sites to support UVA Health and the community, and explore potential density, access, and related impacts,” reads the request for proposals. 

UVA paid $8.73 million in August 2016 to buy 2.63 acres of land on Grove Street and King Street. Now the RFQ divides the land into two sites, both of which are designated as Redevelopment Zones in the 2023 Grounds Framework plan. (Grounds Framework Plan points way to future of UVA’s built environment, June 18, 2023)

“Redevelopment zones provide for potential growth and were designated based on their location, size, and potential opportunities to contribute to the University at large,” the RFP continues. “Since these sites are on the southern edge of Grounds, an important aspect of this planning study will be neighborhood engagement with the Fifeville community early in the process of developing the study. 

Uses suggested for the future include neighborhood clinics, child care, housing, community uses and parking. 

The map of the area that will be covered by the Grove Corridor planning study (Credit: UVA Facilities Management)

The RFQ does not include the recently purchased Oak Lawn property which UVA bought for $3.5 million in October. Responses from firms are due on November 27 with a final proposal due to UVA by January 22, 2024. 

Meanwhile, UVA has also issued a second request for qualifications for a firm to plan for the eventual occupation of the top three floors in the UVA Hospital’s south tower. 

“Completed in 2020, the new 440,000-square-foot bed tower includes 84 private patient rooms with the capacity to accommodate 84 additional beds in the future,” reads that notice. 

Both notices can be found on the UVA Facilities Management page

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