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The Wild Horse Pass Development Authority (WHPDA or Authority) is issuing a Request for Qualifications for Developers for a proposed mixed-use restaurant/entertainment district as well as the development of an entertainment venue to be located adjacent to the Wild Horse Pass Casino and connecting it to the Phoenix Premium Outlets. The site located between the Casino and Phoenix Premium Outlets is a key development opportunity. Hunden Strategic Partners is advising the Authority and co-managing the process with the Authority.

The Authority invites firms experienced in developing and operating restaurant/entertainment districts and/or entertainment venue projects to submit a package outlining their qualifications in response to this RFQ. The Authority seeks to establish a shortlist of qualified Developers that will be invited to move forward in the process. Developers can choose to submit qualifications for one or both opportunities.

Although a visioning, market and financial feasibility study was completed in 2016 by HSP and Gensler regarding this development opportunity, the Authority invites creativity and new ideas to enhance the vision. In general, the project involves the development, construction, leasing and operation of a mixed-use development that will incorporate restaurant, bar, event, entertainment, and potential office uses. The RFQ will outline the scope of services requested by the Authority.

For Part I, firms will provide a written response outlining their qualifications.

Don Antone, Chairman of the Authority stated, “The Wild Horse Pass Development Authority is excited to move forward with the next phase in our development, which will link two of our most critical and successful developments, the Hotel & Casino and Phoenix Premium Outlets. We believe that providing a walkable restaurant and entertainment district connecting these assets will provide our visitors with more options to enhance and extend their stay. We also expect that there will be significant synergies with our existing destinations, including the Sheraton Grand Resort and Spa, Whirlwind Golf Club, Motorsports Park and Rawhide Western Town & Event Center.”

For more information on the RFQ and to register as a document holder to be included in future communications, please visit www.hundenpartners.com.

Proposers should contact Rob Hunden, President of Hunden Strategic Partners via email at rhunden@hundenpartners.com with questions concerning this RFQ in order to capture and share all questions and answers. Questions should not be directed to any WHPDA staff. 

About Hunden Strategic Partners

 Hunden Strategic Partners is a leading real estate development consulting firm, with professionals in Chicago, San Diego, and Minneapolis. The firm offers a full-range of development planning, market and financial feasibility, planning and impact analyses for specialty destination assets such as convention and expo centers, hotels, sports facilities, mixed-use projects, entertainment districts, theme parks, recreation facilities, residential, office, retail and other economic development projects.

In addition, HSP also provides the financial advisory services and developer solicitation and selection experience to move projects from concept to funding. HSP’s clients include cities, states, universities, CVB’s, authorities and private developers.

Hunden has worked on more than 350 small and large projects from coast to coast and internationally, including work for major league sports facilities and franchises (San Diego Chargers, Indiana Pacers), sports, parks and recreation facilities, hotels such as the 21c Museum Hotels in multiple locations and the new Curio on Navy Pier, numerous convention hotels (Fort Worth Omni, Evansville Doubletree), entertainment districts (KC Power & Light, Fourth Street Live!, San Juan District Live), downtown development plans (Hampton, VA; Columbus, OH) and many others. More than $3 billion in projects have been built as a result of work that Hunden has conducted over the past 20 years.

For more information visit www.hundenpartners.com.   

Contact: Rob Hunden

rhunden@hundenpartners.com / 3126432500

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