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BFJ Planning was awarded a contract under Public Act No. 22-118, Section 426, which mandates the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) on behalf of the state to assess the benefits and opportunity costs to the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut of the current and alternative uses of the Hartford-Brainard Airport property. The state must do so in a way that is consistent with and supports the bill’s stated goals of promoting the health, welfare, and safety of people in Connecticut; increasing their quality of life; boosting tourism; stimulating the economy, and enhancing people’s ability to enjoy the Connecticut river.

DECD must submit a report of the analysis’s findings, by October 15, 2023, to the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee. BFJ Planning will prepare a Draft and Final Reports which will synthesize; 1) a decision pathway for continued use or redevelopment of the Airport following Federal and State regulations; 2) a preferred development scenario with a clear regulatory pathway for redevelopment following Federal, State, and Local laws; and, 3) a Final Report summarizing the community engagement program, identify impacts and an environmental remediation phasing plan. The report will highlight development constraints and provide other recommendations to assist the final decision-making by members of the State Legislature. BFJ Planning must submit a draft report by August 31, 2023, to DECD.

BFJ is conducting this RFP process by its Brainard Airport contract with the State of Connecticut DEDC and is issuing separate requests for qualifications/proposals (RFQ/RFP) to engage consultants to undertake (A) economic considerations, (B) environmental components and (C) analysis of the regulatory components of the requirements stated in the DECD’s RFP#22ECD2185.

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