From Denise Emsley, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii Public Affairs
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii (NNS) -- Dozens of companies joined a recent Department of the Navy (DoN) developers' conference webinar signaling strong interest in the Public-Private Partnership (P3) proposal to reimagine approximately 70 acres of land adjacent to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH).
The proposed P3 in the Salt Lake area of Oahu features mountain-to-ocean views in both the 57-acre Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) parcel and the 13-acre Little Makalapa parcel.
Sixty-four participants, representing multiple companies, joined the conference virtually, and 14 people attended the Mar. 18 event in person at the NAVFAC Hawaii command while strictly adhering to social distancing and other Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) protocols set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The proposed mixed-use development is located near the planned Makalapa rail station on Kamehameha Highway, which will service the Makalapa gate entrance to JBPHH.
"The Navy recognizes the tremendous win-win opportunity we have here on Oahu to create value and to address transportation challenges for both the public and private sectors through a development that will draw new residents, businesses, and visitors, and become a community asset for the City and County of Honolulu and for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam," said Capt. Marc Delao, commanding officer, NAVFAC Hawaii. "The opportunity to host private development on underutilized, non-excess land is provided under Title 10, United States Code lease authority, which encourages developers to maximize the market value of the property."
Currently in its initial stage, the P3 proposal is the first development opportunity from the DoN's newly established Acquisition Modernization Office (AMO), which falls under the NAVFAC command structure. AMO issued the Request for Information (RFI) on Feb. 24.
"In-kind consideration from this lease will provide Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam with infrastructure development that will close gaps in support of critical missions of strategic importance to national security," said AMO Director John Kliem. "Leveraging partnerships with the private sector and public entities to rapidly pursue non-traditional solutions to infrastructure, as well as utility and base operating support requirements, is the goal of the Acquisition Modernization Office."
Given its proximity to the Honolulu Rail Transit and Aloha Stadium, the proposed development will revitalize the area, and make it more walkable and livable for area residents, transit riders, and visitors. Local communities welcome the potential for employment opportunities and other potential economic boons from the project.
Companies interested in responding to the RFI must do so by April 10.
A recording of the developers' conference webinar is now available for viewing alongside the RFI on the U.S. government's System for Award Management (SAM) website at https://beta.sam.gov/opp/9c7aed06ee8042838e4d9cd6fe863092/view.
The webinar materials can be found under Amendment 3 to the RFI. AMO expects to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) later this year.