PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014\u00a0The town of Portsmouth has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek a concessionaire to redevelop and operate its Coggeshall School.\n\nThe RFP is available on the Town Web Site Request for Proposals Page (\u00a0http:\/\/www.portsmouthri.com\/398\/Requests-for-Proposals\u00a0)\nSince its construction in (ca) 1925, the Portsmouth former Coggeshall School (321 East Main Road) has served many purposes. It had most recently been occupied by the Aquidneck Island Christian Academy who left the property in July.\u00a0 The original structure was expanded, in 1965, with an addition to provide additional classrooms and an all-purpose gymnasium.\nThe Town is seeking a concessionaire to redevelop and operate the property.\u00a0 In October, the Town issued a Pre-Solicitation Notice that provided information on the property and a preliminary set of objectives that the Town hopes to achieve in improving and repurposing the property.\u00a0 The Town also held a public open house on November 9, 2018 where over 30 interested people attended.\nThe RFP objectives include:\n\n\n \tProviding funding source for Town operation and maintenance of the property.\n \tUse of the Town-owned property as a multi-use complex that affords opportunities for both public, private or hybrid public\/private use. (Although the most current use was for educational activities, other uses, including mixed uses, will be considered).\n \tCompatibility with use of adjacent sports fields. Although the adjacent sports fields are not specifically part of the solicitation, use of the building must be compatible with their use.\n \tEnsuring adequate staffing to maximize use and protection of facilities.\n \tEnsuring safety and convenience for the users of the complex.\n \tEstablishing and maintaining a long-term relationship with the Town with continued Town ownership of the property.\n \tStabilizing and improving the condition of the property.\n \tUpgrading the facility to Fire and Building Code status for the most restrictive expected use.\n\nResponses to the RFP are due not later than 2:00 PM on Wednesday January 30, 2019. A Non-Mandatory Bidder\u2019s Conference is scheduled for Wednesday January 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM at the Portsmouth Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road where questions may be asked.\u00a0 All inquiries concerning the RFP must be either asked at the Bidder\u2019s Conference or in writing as specified in the RFP. No informal communications with the Town concerning the RFP will be permitted.\u00a0 All formally submitted comments, questions and answers will be posted on the Town Web Site (www.portsmouthri.com) Request for Proposals Page.\nRichard Talipsky, Town Director of Business Development, said, \u201cwe are looking for a qualified party to provide a plan for improvement of the property and to operate it for the Town and coordinate its widest use and to benefit the citizens of the Town\u201d.\u00a0\u00a0 He added, \u201dWith limited Town capital improvement funding, we\u2019ll need to find someone that has innovative ways to gain grant funding and, perhaps, use public-private partnerships to defray the cost of needed work on the building\u201d.\nThe RFP and other related information will be made available on the Town web site (\u00a0www.PortsmouthRI.com) Requests for Proposal page.