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Request For Proposals (RFP): Oliver Greening Master Plan

Subject: Request for Proposals (RFP)

Project Name: Oliver Community Greening Master Plan

Contact Information: Celena Owens (

Date Issued: April 4, 2024

Deadline for Questions: April 15, 2024

Proposals Due: April 23, 2024

Award Notification: April 26, 2024

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Historic Oliver Community Association’s mission is to engage in activities and services that promote positive enhancement and improved quality of life for residents of the Oliver community. The Oliver community is an historic community located in East Baltimore, in the Greenmount East district. Our organization focuses on projects that increase safety, environmental responsibility, community service and trash reduction.

Historic Oliver Community Association has been awarded funding through the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) Watershed Assistance Grant Program (WAGP) to develop a neighborhood-scale green infrastructure master plan. H.O.C.A. is seeking qualified consultants to serve as the Prime Consultant, leading stakeholder/community engagement, urban design, and planning process for the “Oliver Greening Master Plan”. Preliminary site assessment mapping, including neighborhood limits and prospective pilot project locations are attached for reference.



The goal of the greening master plan is to identify cost-effective approaches to the following:

  • Reduced potable water use

  • Improved water quality of stormwater runoff

  • Improved air quality

  • Increased outdoor recreational opportunities

  • Improved neighborhood aesthetics

  • Reduced noise pollution

  • Reduced urban heat island effect

  • Improved community cohesion

  • Improved habitat for native species

  • Increased groundwater recharge

  • Opportunities for urban agriculture

Ultimately, BOCA plans to use the Greening Master Plan to coordinate multiple green infrastructure retrofits according to an organized pattern, and in partnership with the local Baltimore City municipality, business owners, and residential leadership to ensure long term stewardship.   

The selected consultant will work in partnership with a steering committee including representatives from the following entities:

  • Broadway East Community Association – Neighboring Committee Association

  • Baltimore Tree Trust – former Deep Blue Partner and neighborhood forestry experts

  • Department of Planning – Baltimore City division in charge of approving neighborhood plans

  • Neighborhood Design Center – former Deep Blue Partner and urban design experts

  • ReBuild Metro – Housing and Urban Redevelopment Partner in the community

  • The 6th Branch – Greening Implementation + Maintenance Organization in the community

  • Baltimore Oliver Community Association – Neighborhood Association



Project Management:

  • Develop workplan and schedule

  • Coordinate with the steering committee

  • Coordinate/facilitate community outreach and engagement, including but not limited to:

    • Advertising upcoming meetings

    • Presentation materials (virtual and/or in-person)

    • Meeting minutes

  • Coordinate with the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW), Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Department of Transportation (DOT), Blue Water Baltimore, and other stakeholders.


Technical Needs: 

  • Neighborhood basemapping development

  • Evaluation of supporting planning efforts (neighborhood redevelopment plans, urban renewal plans, transportation plans, zoning plans, etc.)

  • Pilot project evaluations (up to 6)

  • Schematic design plan development (up to 4 site-specific greening projects)

  • Oliver Greening Master Plan and report to include:

  • Summary of neighborhood assessment, community feedback, and greening strategies

  • Evaluation of pilot projects

  • Implementation plan outlining priorities, partnerships, next steps and timeline

  • Anticipated performance metrics

  • Order of magnitude costs for design, permitting, and construction

  • Preliminary maintenance plan



The period of work is expected to be from May 2024 to December 2024. Consultants should provide a schedule and timeline for when they propose to complete the scope of work.



Consultants should provide a total lump sum fee to complete the proposed scope of work, including all time, subcontractor fees, direct expenses, and material costs necessary to perform the services.

BOCA requests that the proposed estimates do not exceed $27,400.



Proposal should include the following:

  1. Project understanding

  2. Scope of Work with project schedule and deliverables

  3. Firm/Staff Descriptions

  4. Demonstrated Experience with Baltimore City rules and regulations, preferred

  5. Cost proposal

  6. Optional: Description of any Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) participation anticipated (preferred but not required)


The review team will use a value-based assessment to select the contractor. Factors that will be considered will include proposed cost and deliverables, experience designing similar practices, and experience with Baltimore City permitting.


H.O.C.A. may request ancillary or additional services within the capacity of the contractor as may be useful or necessary. Contingent upon funding availability, the timeline may be extended to support additional planning efforts. We will notify the contractor by the end of the period of performance if additional services in subsequent years will be requested as part of this contract. Approval of any additional services and extended timeline provided under this agreement must be made in writing in the form of an amendment to this Agreement, prior to the start of any work that is performed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 443-531-6989. I appreciate the opportunity to collaborate on this exciting project and look forward to working with you!



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