News for the Hospitality Executive
Request for Proposals:
Development and Operation of a New Hotel Attached
to the Convention Center and Bemidji Regional Event Center
October 13, 2009
By means of this Request for Proposals (RFP), the City of Bemidji (City) offers for sale an outstanding lakeside redevelopment property and invites proposals from qualified developers or development teams to plan, design, finance, construct and operate a quality hotel that will serve as an attached headquarters hotel for the Bemidji Regional Event and Convention Center (BREC). The BREC, which is currently under construction, and will open October 2010, will be the hub of entertainment, social, cultural and recreational events in north-central Minnesota. The BREC and the proposed Hotel will be part of a City-owned, 137-acre mixed-use redevelopment project (South Shore) along the shores of Lake Bemidji.
Rendering: Bemidji Regional Event and Convention Center (BREC)
The First City on the Mississippi, Bemidji is located in north central Minnesota, situated at the intersections of U.S. Highway 71 and U.S. Highway 2, approximately 230 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Bemidji is the county seat of Beltrami County, home to Bemidji State University, and has an estimated 250,000 residents within 75 miles of the community. Bemidji is located near Itasca State Park, Lake Bemidji State Park, state forest areas, the Chippewa National Forest, and has 400 fishing lakes within 25 miles. Over 500 miles of snowmobile trails and 160 kilometers of cross-country ski trails are located in close proximity to Bemidji. The Bemidji Regional Airport represents one of the more prominent regional airports in the state, handling nearly 30,000 passengers annually.
It is envisioned that the selected Developer/ Development Team for this project will purchase the hotel parcel from the City and be responsible for development of the parcel. However, other alternatives will be considered.
Hotel. The hotel must be designed to provide lodging to BREC guests, general public and business clients. Two to five acres of property directly adjacent to the BREC has been designated for the hotel development. BREC design plans call for a physical connection between it and the hotel.
DESIRED Hotel Components:
Click here for the RFP
Questions pertaining to this RFP will only be accepted in writing (email
is acceptable) and must be received on or prior to October 29, 2009 and
should be addressed to Mr. John Chattin at the above address or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Answers to all submitted questions will be made available to any potential
proposer upon request during the following week.
Mr. John Chattin, City Manager
Conventions, Sports and Leisure International
1907 East Wayzata Boulevard
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: (952) 476-5900 Ext. 211
Fax: (952) 476-0005