Southeast Region Issues RFEI

On May 6, 2015, a Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI) will be issued by the National Park Service (NPS) seeking expressions of interest for the use of eight historic houses and their associated outbuildings at the Natchez Trace Parkway. The buildings are located on the east side of 145 or "Old Hwy 45" in Lee County, Mississippi. The houses were built in 1936 by the Resettlement Administration, successor to the Division of Subsistence Homesteads, as a subsistence colony. The houses were transferred to the National Park Service in 1940 and were used as employee housing. Proposals for alternative uses will be considered and the homes may be used individually or combined.

The RFEI allows interested parties an opportunity to review the property, facilities, and park area and to submit their concept(s) of potential future use of the facilities, taking into account the park’s purpose. The NPS may choose all or part of the content of one or more responses to the RFEI for further consideration and possible development into a public solicitation that the NPS then would advertise to the public, inviting all qualified candidates to submit proposals for the operation. There are very limited circumstances under which the building may be reused by a non-NPS entity without a public solicitation. The precise process for soliciting and selecting proposals will depend on the nature of the business opportunity and the legal instrument under which the proposal is issued.

A site visit is scheduled for 1:00 PM (CDT) on Wednesday May 27, 2015. All parties intending to attend scheduled site visits must RSVP by email to Christina Smith by Friday, May 22, 2015.

Respondents are encouraged to provide input that demonstrates how their concept will support the park's purpose. Responses should not exceed 15 pages total. Any viable option will be considered. Please submit:

  • A description of your interest in use of facility(ies), and which facility(ies) you are interested in;
  • A transmittal letter indicating your name, company or organization, legal structure, and contact information for representative(s) including email address;
  • Previous NPS Concessions or Leasing operation experience, if any; and,
  • Any other pertinent points or conditions.

Please indicate in your submission whether you would like the NPS to retain your contact information and notify you of future Business Opportunities.

Please submit your response no later than 4:00 PM EDT on July 8, 2015 to Mark Morgan at the address provided in the Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI). Please submit two (2) identical hard copies and one electronic copy, identical to the hard copy. The electronic copy must be in a format that can be shared and copied.

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