Purpose & Scope
The City of St. Marys, with the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, is seeking assistance in identifying and preparing for the highest and best use for its Airport property, which will officially close in July.
The existing airport site is approximately 283 acres in size and lies just south of the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. The City is focused on uses that can generate both jobs and tax revenue with industrial and potentially commercial uses representing target opportunities. Additional opportunities could be found in key local and regional institutional uses, open space, and perhaps residential on some portion of the property. To this end, the City is seeking independent market guidance as to the highest and best use of the 283-acre site and the optimal mix of land uses within the property.
This planning effort will include a detailed market analysis, offering recommendations to help maximize opportunities for success, while minimizing potential pitfalls, offering and a roadmap for the airport site, including zoning and assessment for Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development status, providing the City of St. Marys and Kings Bay Submarine Base a more secure and productive future. The Scope of the project includes:
- Conduct Public & Stakeholder Meetings
- Research and Prepare Site & Market Assessment Identifying Highest and Best Use of Property
- Target Market and Industries Analysis including Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development Status
- Drafting of New Zoning Ordinance
The City of St. Marys is a coastal community located in the southeast corner of Georgia with a present population of 17,121 (2010 Census); home of the Kings Bay Military Submarine Base and the Gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
The RFP deadline is April 1, 2017.
The Complete RFP can be found under the Community Development page, at the City’s website. Any questions concerning the City’s RFP process should be directed, by email, to Jeff Adams prior to 5:00 PM March 22nd, 2017.