“Right now, the district is basically an 8 to 5 district. Some shops stay open a few hours later on specific evenings, but other than that, it kind of wraps up and becomes a ghost town, except for the few tenants that live down there,” Irby said. “So the idea here is that it would add another element and bring more of a nightlife atmosphere downtown.”
Besides a prime location accessible from shops and professional offices, the site offers off-street parking and kitchen facilities.
Outdoor and/or rooftop dining is encouraged, as well as creative concepts for entertainment, said Jill Ferenc, director of planning and development, City of Claremore.
“We would like something to bring a dining experience that goes beyond just eating. Something that could be a destination,” she said. “With the city owning that property, we have the ability to negotiate a lease if it is the right match.”
The City’s Planning and Development Office is accepting proposals with four components: project description, business plan, owner and/or operator experience, and project financing.
Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Friday, April 10.
“We’re going to establish a review committee which will include city officials, CIEDA representatives, and possibly other agencies,” Ferenc said. “Applications will be reviewed based upon the quality of the concept and business plan, the experience of the owner or operator, their financial capability and references.”
Respondents may be asked to interview during the week of April 27, with anticipated lease negotiations completed by May 8, Ferenc said.
For detailed information on the Request for Proposals, email Ferenc at firstname.lastname@example.org.