City Releases RFP for Redevelopment of Former BlueIndy Charging Sites – Indianapolis Business Journal

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The Indianapolis Department of Public Works announced on Friday that it issued a request for proposals to reuse space and underground electrical infrastructure at former BlueIndy electric car-sharing sites.

The Parisian owner of BlueIndy announced in December 2019 that it was closing the service in May 2020 after failing to achieve profitability. The service launched in 2015 with $6 million in city and county infrastructure support. At that time, BlueIndy planned to have 15,000 members on board by 2020. However, as of August 2019, it only had 3,000 active members.

In October, the city announced it would issue a tender for developers to reuse up to 42 of 89 charging stations. At the time, city officials said they wanted to turn old charging sites into bike-sharing stations, bike parking lots, and charging stations for electric cars, scooters and bikes, but likely not traditional parking lots.

The call for tenders published on Friday offers two response options: mobility and non-mobility.

The city said mobility-based responses should “enhance Indianapolis’ overall transportation and mobility network, providing Indianapolis residents with better access to services such as electric vehicle charging and micro-mobility. “. He said non-mobility responses are “encouraged to be proposals that benefit the broader communities surrounding each place, such as place-making opportunities, resource providers, or gathering spaces for art and Culture”.

“Over the past few years, Indianapolis has been at the forefront of finding innovative ways to continue to improve our transportation infrastructure network,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said in written remarks. . “With the help of community research, the city has identified beneficial frameworks for using the sites, but this RFP also leaves the door open for creative ideas and services.”

The tender (titled Reimagining the Curb: RFP-14DPW-1511) is posted on the city’s tender portal here.

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