The City of Charleston, South Carolina is seeking firms or teams to provide full-service property management of the City Market, including marketing, leasing and operation, and to develop a strategic vision for the Charleston City Market.

Included within the City Market is approximately 40,000 sq. ft. of retail space, market stalls, and public right-of-way. Parking for the City Market is provided in adjacent parallel parking spaces along North & South Market Streets (as well as adjacent side streets), neighboring surface parking lots, and neighboring parking garages.

The City Market is a unique property in Charleston, South Carolina as well as the nation as a whole. The City Market is the largest in the Southeast and is the anchor for the surrounding City Market area. The City Market is successful financially.

For the last thirty (30) years, the City has leased a majority of the City Market to a private company. This lease shall expire at the end of April 2008. The remaining portion of the City Market has been managed by the City of Charleston. The City of Charleston, through this RFP process, seeks a qualified operator as hereinafter defined to provide full-service property management of the City Market, including promoting, leasing and operation thereof and to develop a strategic vision for the City Market (including the portion which the City currently manages) that would complement the overall experience of the City Market for visitors and residents, improve connectivity between the Market and the Central Business District as a whole, and strengthen the contribution of the Market to downtown business and vice versa. The City is seeking proposals which shall assist it in realizing the above-stated objectives.

The RFP can be accessed online at: http://www.charlestoncity.info/shared/docs/0/citymarketrfp.pdf

Due date is December 19, 2007

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