The City of Wauwatosa has issued a Request for Proposals from qualified design firms to assist and City, Village BID, and area stakeholders on a streetscape design for the Village Business Improvement District.

The City of Wauwatosa has requested proposals from qualified consultants to prepare three distinct but interrelated work products. The first work product is a streetscaping plan for the Village in Wauwatosa that is consistent with the rich historical nature of this business district. The streetscaping plan will consist of, but not be limited to, street furniture, street lighting, landscape improvements, ornamental fencing along State Street near the railroad tracks, surface/crosswalk treatments, and wayfinding signage installation/phasing. The streetscaping plan should also tie into improvements in bike and pedestrian mobility for the Village in Wauwatosa.

Secondly, the successful consulting firm will be asked to prepare options for intersection improvements consistent with the themes established by the Strategic Plan for the Village in Wauwatosa adopted by the City in 2011. The intersection improvements should take into account not only the movement of cars, but also take advantage of the opportunity to improve movement of pedestrians, and bicyclists through the possible use of dedicated bike lanes, bike sharing and storage stations, new sidewalks, charging stations for electric cars, and transit user benefits to enhance the use of public transportation. Maintenance of existing or additional public parking in the Village is also an important consideration. The recommendations shall also include a striping plan in accordance with the recommended intersection design.

Finally, the consulting firm will be asked to develop a consensus based design, and final construction drawings with specifications, for the renovation of two important public spaces in the Village; Root Common and Pocket Park.

The City has named a Streetscaping Steering Committee (SSC) to select and guide the successful consulting firm. That Committee consists of a representatives from the Village Business Improvement District, the Parks and Forestry Commission, elected and appointed City officials, City staff, and the public at large. The consulting contract that is the subject of this RFP will be held with the City of Wauwatosa.

Once a consultant is selected, the process will unfold in phases which will run concurrently, however it will be an aggressive schedule designed to meet the reconstruction planned for State Street in 2016.