One of the 3-year goals of the City's adopted Strategic Plan is to: "maintain and enhance City facilities, programs and the infrastructure." On September 18, 2012 City Council approved a Scope of Work detailing the need for landscape design and master planning services for the City's Veterans Parkway. This Master Plan will serve as the strategic blueprint for usage and potential improvements to the Veterans Parkway.
Currently, the landscape and maintenance plan for the Veterans Parkway area has moved forward without a specific design in place. As a result, a Request for Proposal (RFP #890-13) was issued to solicit proposals from prospective consultants to develop the Master Plan. The Request for Proposal included the following Scope of Work:
- Site Analysis and Assessment;
- Development of Community Outreach, Public Input Process, and Consensus Building;
- Parkway Master Plan Schematics and Plant Palette;
- Cost Estimates and Maintenance Plan;
- Policy for Donations and Volunteers; and a
- Presentation to City Council for Action
The Request for Proposal, and selection of the firms, placed particular importance on effective community outreach and public input processes that maximize opportunities to develop a community consensus for the proposed Master Plan. The City would like to ensure that the majority of the needs identified by the community are effectively addressed through this process.
Mia Lehrer + Associates was selected as the firm best positioned to successfully develop the Landscape Master Plan for Veterans Parkway. This assessment was based on Mia Lehrer + Associates' comprehensive response to the Request for Proposal, their understanding of the required scope of services, qualified project team, and strong experience in preparing similar projects for other local municipalities in California. Several of Mia Lehrer + Associates' client projects are of similar scope and size to Manhattan Beach. Further, references reported Mia Lehrer + Associates to have successfully completed past projects on-time and within budget.
The public is encouraged to be an active part of the process by joining in the community meetings. Meetings will take place on: March 11th, April 11th, and May 2nd. All meetings will be held in the Police and Fire Community Room from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.