Selected Developer to Receive Access to Sites for Private Use in Exchange for New DPSS Building and Parking Structure

LOS ANGELES, CA – The County of Los Angeles today announced it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a firm to redevelop two sites currently in use by the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The deadline for proposals is at 4 p.m. PT on February 7, 2019.

“I am excited to see that LA County Arts District DPSS facility will be rebuilt as a state of the art facility with affordable housing for those who need it, including artists,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “The existing DPSS facility has been providing critical services for Skid Row and Downtown communities since the 1960s, serving a caseload of over 40,000 clients a year. This project is in line with my continued commitment to optimize County assets for community benefits, and building much needed affordable housing to address our homelessness crisis.”

According to the RFP, the County wants to develop a new Class A, turnkey replacement DPSS facility—at no capital cost to the County and with zero rental costs to DPSS—through a ground lease that allows the developer to co-locate private uses on its two Arts District sites.

The sites include two nearby parcels—the Hewitt Street parcel and the 4th Place parcel—that total more than 1.5 acres. Currently, DPSS has a building on the 4th Place parcel and a parking structure on the Hewitt Street parcel.

“For 64 years, the DPSS Civic Center Office has helped residents in the Arts District, Skid Row, and Little Tokyo communities, and we’re committed to keep our services in this area,” says Antonia Jimenez, DPSS director. “While we now offer customer service over the phone and online, it’s still important to give our customers a place where they may be assisted by our staff in person. We’re pleased that this project will give the community a fresh, modern office to visit whenever they need us.”

To encourage responses by qualified developers, the County is utilizing a streamlined selection process and limiting response package requirements to essential information.

For more information about the RFP, please contact Cheryl Wong at cwong@dpw.lacounty.gov or visit https://dpw.lacounty.gov/contracts/opportunities.aspx.