Current Community Development Projects: RFQs/RFPs


SCOPE : Contractor to manage the Rufus Thomas and Beale Parking Lot in accordance with specific guidelines determining operating, staffing, and maintenance requirements.

TERM: The proposed contract for services will be a one-year contract, to begin on May 1, 2023 or shortly thereafter, with Beale Street Management having the option to renew the contract annual for up to four additional years. The option to renew will be considered annually, at the sole discretion of Beale Street Management, and will be confirmed in writing prior to the end of the initial year.

DEADLINE: Responses to this request for proposal should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2023, and submitted to:

Link to Full RFP - Management & Operations of Rufus Thomas and Beale Parking Lot

Past/Closed RFQs

REQUEST FOR Proposals (RFP): Electric Vehicle Charging for the Downtown Mobility Authority

Based on best practices, the DMA strives to maintain the following electric-vehicle charging infrastructure, using Level 2 chargers, at all new DMA-affiliated parking facilities: 

  • 5% of the total parking spaces built as EV-ready spaces for future charging use 
  • 2% of the total parking spaces installed with EV-charging equipment for immediate use 

The DMA goal is to meet this policy at the Downtown Mobility Center through incremental installations based on user demand and market trends. Anticipated user groups for the Downtown Mobility Center are nearby office workers, Downtown residents in nearby condos and apartment buildings, visitors, and hotel guests. 


The Downtown Mobility Center is scheduled to open in Summer of 2023 and will contain 960 parking spaces. Current plans for EV charging capacity include two (2) dual chargers that will have conduit and wiring to support EV charging at four (4) parking spaces. See the included site plan for a layout of the Mobility Center and the location for the first four EV parking spaces. 

Link to Full RFP - EV ChargingMobility Center EV PlansRFP Questions & Answers

Downtown Parking Facilities Assessment for the Downtown Mobility Authority

Although the DMA only owns about 8 percent of all Downtown parking, the entity strives to influence the overall parking ecosystem to be better utilized and priced in a way that encourages high turnover in high-demand locations. The DMA also wants to identify situations where mobility solutions can be implemented as strategies to relieve parking demand. 

To act as leaders in Downtown parking performance optimization, the DMA must be good stewards of their own facilities, understand short and long-term parking needs, and identify funding priorities. A parking facilities assessment may allow the DMA to understand each facility’s current and future priorities and help budget limited resources and funding with maximum impact. 

Link to Full RFQRFQ: Downtown Parking - Downloadable PDF Version

CLOSED – Downtown Memphis Design Guidelines Update – Request for Qualifications:

Last revised over 8 years ago, the Downtown Memphis (TN) Design Guidelines & Principles are in need of an update to improve their usability and continue to raise the bar on design excellence for public projects and private development that receives a public incentive. Read the full RFQ by clicking the button below. 


The Downtown Memphis Commission (“DMC”) manages the Beale Street Historic District (“BSHD”) on behalf of its owner/lessor, the City of Memphis. There presently exists a rare vacancy in the BSHD, namely the property located at 151, 153, and 155 Beale Street (“Premises”), formerly occupied by the Black Diamond and Tater Red’s. This RFP is intended to solicit proposals from interested parties for restaurant/bar and/or retail component, to be operated as either one (1) or two (2) businesses. Please note that DMC will not consider any proposal that seeks only a portion of the Premises.

View full detals for Beale Street RFP here.
Design Guidelines Update RFQ

CLOSED – 100 North Main Development – RFP:

The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC), in partnership with the Downtown Mobility Authority (DMA) and the City of Memphis, is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking qualified respondents to submit a proposal to act as the developer for the 100 N. Main Street building and the contiguous block bound by N. Main Street, Adams Avenue, Second Street, and Jefferson Avenue. Full details below and here.. 

100 N Main RFP

CLOSED – Downtown Memphis PILOT Program Review REOI

The Center City Revenue Finance Corporation (CCRFC) and the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) are searching for an economic development consultant to conduct a review of the Downtown Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) program. The main purpose of this review is to evaluate whether the current PILOT program is providing the public benefits it was designed to deliver, and to recommend policy changes if necessary.

If your firm is interested in this opportunity, please provide the following information in a single PDF by July 30, 2021:

  1. Cover letter & expression of interest.
  2. Statement of qualifications & resumes of key staff that will be assigned to the project.
  3. List of relevant project experience with links to download the final work product, if public.
  4. Client references for 2-3 relevant projects.
  5. Any other information needed to communicate the firm’s ability to perform the scope of work.
  6. Budget estimate for completing the project.

Submissions should be sent via e-mail to Abram Lueders at

Access the full Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) by clicking the button below.

PILOT Program Review REOI

CLOSED – Downtown Mobility Authority Garage Portfolio – Security Services RFP

Premium Parking of Memphis with offices in Memphis, Tennessee is initiating this Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit proposals from qualified companies, firms, or individuals interested in providing services to assist Premium Parking, and more specifically the six commercial garage facilities (portfolio encompasses roughly 3,500 parking stalls across all locations) that Premium Parking manages on the behalf of the Downtown Mobility Authority (DMA).

Premium Parking is the contracted management group that provides overall management services to the DMA garage portfolio. Premium Parking intends to contract with the successful proposer to provide the services set forth in the RFP.

One (1) copy of the proposal is required. The proposal, whether mailed, hand-delivered or submitted via email, must arrive at the Administrative Office of Premium Parking at the address shown below no later than 4:00 P.M. Central Time on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Access full draft of the RFP by clicking the button below.

Garage Security RFP

CLOSED – Professional Design Assistance for Downtown Memphis Exterior Improvement Grant (EIG) Program 

 The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) and the Center City Development Corporation (CCDC) are seeking proposals from licensed architects and qualified design firms to provide conceptual design services as part of the CCDC’s Exterior Improvement Grant (EIG) program. The EIG is a matching Grant designed to help Downtown commercial property owners and businesses make high-quality exterior improvements to their buildings and sites. Most EIG projects will require the services of a design professional. This Grant program provides an opportunity for architects to work directly with DMC staff to design a proposal for our EIG applicants. 

The DMC intends to contract with two or more architects or qualified firms to provide design assistance on a rotating basis for the EIG program. The DMC, acting as the client, will compensate the architect a fixed fee of $5,000 per project in exchange for the scope of services outlined below. Although the exact number of EIG applications cannot be predicted, staff estimates that the CCDC may receive 8-10 EIG applications per year. Necessity for design assistance is not guaranteed. 

Deadline: May 7, 2021 – 12 pm

Design Assistance RFQ

CLOSED – Shopper’s Garage

The Downtown Memphis Commission is seeking bids for the Renovation of Shoppers Garage (84 N. Front Street),

Work includes selective interior and exterior demolition, repairs to parking decks and barricades, application of new interior and exterior finishes, new lighting, installation of landscape accessories, and construction of a dog park.

Access additional information via the buttons below.

Shopper's Construction DrawingsShopper's Garage Specs Document

CLOSED – Mobility Center

The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) is soliciting proposals for qualified companies to provide Construction Manager-at-Risk (CMAR) services in connection with the design and construction of the Downtown Memphis Mobility Center at 60 Beale St. The selected CMAR will assist the DMC with routine and customary CMAR services described below. Procurement of the CMAR will be based on their qualifications and experience on similar projects, qualifications of personnel to be assigned to the project, approach for establishing the fee, and the additional criteria set forth in this RFQ.

Review Mobility Center RFQWatch: Mobility Center RFQ: Pre-Submittal ConferenceMobility Center Q/A
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CLOSED – 114 N Main Street

The Downtown Memphis Commission and ArchInc request qualifications for construction services for the renovation of the upper floors of their headquarters located at 114 N. Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103.
ArchInc is the Architect of Record for the Project, the Downtown Memphis Commission is the Owner.
The drawings and specifications are considered Design Development level documents. A general contractor will be selected based on a combination of qualifications, compliance with DMC’s Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) Program, and lowest and best budget to negotiate a fixed lump sum price based on final construction drawings. Once a general contractor is selected by the Owner, construction documents will be completed by the design team with full involvement by the contractor to maintain budget, schedule, and construction standards.

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