The city of Dexter is closer to seeing construction of an apartment/condominium development at the former Dapco site.
The RFQ (Request for Qualifications) Committee voted unanimously to recommend Foremost Construction to the Downtown Development Authority as the firm the city should commence with pre-development talks. The DDA will will receive the recommendation at its meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
Community Development Manager Michelle Aniol made the announcement at the Dec. 14 City Council meeting. The RFQ Committee interviewed Foremost representatives Monday afternoon and then deliberated for awhile before making its recommendation.
If the DDA approves the recommendation, the issue could go before the City Council by Dec. 28.
This was the second interview the committee had with a finalist, the other being with Home Renewal Systems LLC Dec. 8.
Foremost won out due to several findings:
A commitment to conventional financing;
Proposed a well thought-out timetable/schedule;
Continual engagement in process;
Experience with other similar successful development projects;
Qualified team of consultants;
Thorough check of references;
Commitment to community input;
Communicated an understanding of existing site conditions.
Foremost has been pursuing the job since construction manager John Heiss learned about the project in a newspaper article. Since then he and co-founder Terry Bailey have been regular attenders to the DDA meetings.
The pre-development talks will work out details of the arrangement between the city and the company as well as allowing Foremost time to make an offer on 3045 Broad Street, Mayor Shawn Keough said.
The RFQ Committee consists of council members Keough, Jim Carson and Donna Fisher and DDA member Tom Covert and Don Darnell.