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Raleigh Convention Hotel and Downtown Development Project

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This is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop a convention center hotel and separate office/mixed-use tower on two prime vacant lots in downtown Raleigh. Innovation, quality design and construction, and sustainability are important values to the City for this transformational project.

The City of Raleigh owns the property and is issuing this Request For Interest (RFI) to solicit creative responses from capable and experiences development teams interested in developing (a) the hotel and office/mixed-use tower projects, or (b) the hotel project only.

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The City of Raleigh is experiencing a surge in urban development. Since 2005, downtown has seen over $3 billion in development. This investment is due to the implementation of the "Livable Streets Downtown Plan." The plan reinvigorated Raleigh's iconic main street, improved pedestrian access, and funded a new convention center. Many large-scale private development projects followed this major public investment.  
The City of Raleigh continues to invest in the downtown experience with the adoption of a 10-year plan to add green space and retail while allowing for increased density and connectivity. This opportunity to build a convention center hotel and separate office/mixed-use tower will be a big component of progressing the City's plan.

RFI Process & Requirements

Selection Process

Based on RFI submittals alone, the City of Raleigh may elect to negotiate with one development team on the Hotel or Hotel-Office project. However, it is expected that the City will select a short-list of project development teams from the RFI responses to be invited to participate in a more detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) and interview process. Note that only those development teams that submit an RFI response would be eligible for consideration by the City for a subsequent RFP process, should the City opt to pursue such a process. The City of Raleigh reserves the right to select and negotiate with any development team or teams for the Hotel and/or Hotel-Office projects.

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Submittal requirements (see RFI for more detail)  

  • Cover letter
  • Team background 
  • Experience 
  • Project Understanding and Vision 

Submission Terms and Conditions 

The City of Raleigh reserves the right to modify and/or terminate this process at any point in time. The preparation of a response shall be at the expense of the proposer. The City will not reimburse proposers for any costs associated with the preparation or submittal of a response.

Any materials submitted in response to this RFI may be subject to inspection under the public records laws of the State of North Carolina. (See Chapter 132 of the North Carolina General Statutes for additional information on these requirements.)


Date Details
27-Jan RFI released; meet the City project team at ALIS conference open house
21-Feb Pre-proposal meeting (1-3pm, Fletcher Theater at Duke Energy Performing Arts Center, 2 E. South Street)
28-Feb Written questions due
6-Mar Answers to questions released
27-Mar RFI Submittals due

Contact and Q&A

Please submit questions via email to (Executive Vice President, JLL, phone: (404) 307-9279) by February 28, 2020. Responses will be available on this page by end of day on March 6, 2020. 

Respondents should contact the individual listed above and are encouraged not to communicate directly or indirectly with City of Raleigh Council Members or other City employees regarding the RFI or submittals from the time the RFI is released until the City Council approves next steps in the process. Violation of this provision by the respondent or respondent’s agent may lead to disqualification from consideration.



Tony Peterman
Executive Vice-President