Request for Proposals

Depot District Redevelopment

City of Lexington

Lexington, NC

Posted: 08/20/2014
Submittal Deadline: 10/17/2014


The City of Lexington, North Carolina announces a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) to transform the vacant Lexington Furniture Industry land and buildings into a fully integrated mixed-use community that will be anchored by a multimodal transportation station, including local and regional bus service, and an Amtrak passenger rail stop along the Raleigh-Charlotte corridor.

The City purchased the 18-acre site and 1 million square-foot factory at its close, and is now working with the firm of Shook Kelley, Inc. to plan and facilitate redevelopment of the land and buildings and the surrounding planning area referred to as the Depot District. The property is adjacent to the historic Uptown Main Street, the community’s center of culture, restaurants, entertainment, and shopping.

The RFEI seeks respondents whose interest and intent will meet community vision and ensure the future success of the Depot District. Respondents will be selected based on their ability to meet the following goals:
• Create a financially feasible and economically viable project of high quality;
• Ensure that design and a substantial portion of uses are aligned with community vision;
• Introduce vitality through good urban form; and
• Incorporate principles of sustainable design.

One or multiple developers may be selected to develop the project, and it is anticipated that a designation will be made by spring 2015. Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. October 17, 2014. For more information and to download the RFEI, visit RFEI - Announcement or RFEI - Full Detailed Document.

Interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend the information session and site visit, which will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the former Lexington Furniture Industries site. Those who wish to attend this event should pre-register no later than 5:00 pm on September 5, 2014 by emailing

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For more information, please contact:
Tammy V. Absher, Director of Business and Community Development
Phone: 336-479-0122