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The Michigan City Redevelopment Commission (MCRC) is issuing a Request for Qualifications for a Hotel Developer for a proposed downtown hotel-based development in Michigan City, which could include additional uses such as restaurants. MCRC invites firms experienced in developing hotel projects to submit a proposal outlining their qualifications in response to this RFQ.

While the MCRC is interested in developer creativity for a mix of potential uses on the site, the initial vision for the site includes a mixed-use building with an elevated hotel that would likely sit atop a parking structure. The proposed project is a 90 to 120-room near-lakefront hotel located at the northwest intersection of Michigan Boulevard and Franklin Street. The 2.9-acre parcel is the site of the former police station and News Dispatch building, and is located between the sandy beach of Washington Park on Lake Michigan and the Downtown Arts District.

The hotel aims to be urban in verticality, placement, scale, and nature and will likely be elevated to take advantage of the views of Lake Michigan. The hotel should also feature a restaurant component, either attached, on the roof or adjacent to the property. The Developer or Development Team will construct and provide for the operation of the 90-120 room Hotel.

Firms will provide a complete written response outlining their qualifications, operating experience, approach and financial capability for developing hotels. Submittals are due no later than 5:00pm CDT on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

For more information on the RFQ for the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission’s hotel development, to download the RFQ materials, and to register as a document holder to be included in future communications, please visit

Proposers are to contact Rob Hunden, President of Hunden Strategic Partners, via email at with questions concerning this RFQ by 5:00pm CDT on Friday, August 25, 2017. 

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.

Contact: Rob Hunden / 3126432500

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