google map capture of Bethune Library Opportunity Site at 3685 South Vermont in LA
Submission Deadline:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 4:00pm (PST)

Notice of Intent Deadline:  February 7
BIP and Outreach Deadline:  Wednesday, January 30


The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) is seeking proposals for the development of the former Bethune Library parcel owned by CRA/LA, a Designated Local Authority, which is under option by the City of Los Angeles. The parcel is a vacant lot, approximately 33,300 square feet, and is located in a commercially zoned, Transit Oriented Development area.

EWDD seeks to enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement, which may lead to a Disposition and Development Agreement with the selected development team. The selected proposal must include a development plan for the former Bethune Library, located at 3685 South Vermont Avenue, located across the street from the University of Southern California in the Exposition/University Park Redevelopment Project Area.

The City is eager to review proposals from developers that are willing to design, build, and market the parcel in the most creative way to capitalize on its location. With the numerous ongoing redevelopment efforts in the area, the site located at 3685 South Vermont Avenue offers a valuable opportunity to contribute to long-term economic growth in the area. In alignment with community needs, proposals that target commercial uses, such as hospitality, and incorporate robust neighborhood serving retail developments will be strongly preferred. The most qualified projects will incorporate a strong understanding of the unique urban fabric of the neighborhood and maximize community benefits while being financially feasible.


The full RFP and all related documents and forms may be downloaded through the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN).
**Registration is required for access**

review the Register a New Account on BAVN Guide for further assistance



Technical Assistance, Inquiries, and Clarifications

Technical assistance is open beginning January 10 through January 30. All technical assistance questions must be submitted by e-mail only. The proposer’s question must identify the page and section of the subject matter.

To ensure fair and consistent distribution of information, all questions will be answered by regularly updated Q&A pages linked from this webpage and on LABAVN. No individual answers will be given.

Question & Answer 1
January 10
posted 1/10/2019

Final day to submit questions is Thursday, January 30
email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., using "Bethune Opportunity RFP – Technical Assistance Request" in the subject line


Mandatory Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal

In order to more efficiently manage the number of potential respondents to this RFP, submission of a Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal is mandatory. The form may be submitted by email only. Failure to submit the Notice of Intent to Submit shall deem the submitted proposal non-compliant and result in its rejection.

Deadline to Submit Intent Form is Thursday, February 7
email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., using "Bethune Opportunity RFP – Notice of Intent to Submit" in the subject line


Business Inclusion Program (BIP) and Outreach

All proposers shall comply with the City’s Business Inclusion Program requirements (see Appendix A- Minority, Women, and Other Business Enterprise Outreach Program). The BIP outreach is performed through the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN) system, accessed by going to labavn.org. Registration is required to access the LABAVN system.

Please note, failure to meet the anticipated MBE, WBE, SBE, EBE, and/or DVBE participation levels will not by itself be the basis of disqualification or determination of non-compliance with this policy. However, failure to comply with the BIP outreach documentation requirements will render the proposal non-responsive and will result in its rejection.


Conducting outreach to subcontractors must be performed by Wednesday, January 30
the The Online Business Inclusion Program Guide is available for further assistance