2017-09-07 / Around Town

Sheffield School RFP Generating Interest

By Bob Rulli

The City of Newport’s recently released Request for Proposal (RFP) for a general contractor to transform the former Sheffield School on Broadway into a technology incubator is attracting a great deal of interest.

As of Sept. 5, more than 45 companies had obtained copies of the RFP from the city’s online bidding website. The RFP was released on Aug. 25 and will close on Sept. 27, at which time proposals will be opened.

Conversion of the 33,000-squarefoot school into a co-work and incubator space for early stage technology entrepreneurs and companies has seen several anticipated groundbreaking dates come and go. Mayor Harry Winthrop recently told Newport This Week that he hoped workers would break ground this October. Depending on the actual number of proposals submitted, as well as the city’s selection process, October might still be optimistic.

The $6.29 million project, which is called "Innovate Newport," is being funded by a combination of federal, state and local funds. The city has been working with the Economic Development Foundation of Rhode Island, which is acting as the project manager to both develop the anticipated programming of the building, and submit the RFP.

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