Downtown Station Area Historic Resource Evaluation


The City of Santa Rosa recently updated its Downtown Station Area Specific Plan (DSASP) with the objective of increasing housing units and streamlining development. The DSASP includes a policy that requires the City to prepare an historic context statement and complete a comprehensive historic resource survey (also known as an Historic Resource Evaluation, or HRE) to locate, identify, and document structures and sites within the Downtown Station Area that may qualify for nomination to the California Register of Historical Resources or the National Register of Historic Places, or that may otherwise be of local significance.

The HRE will allow Santa Rosa to identify, within the Downtown Station Area, significant cultural and historic resources which encourage tourism, economic development, and the celebration of the City’s unique character. The work will also increase understanding of and appreciation for the built environment as a tangible reminder of Santa Rosa’s heritage. The HRE will also serve to streamline infill housing development by showing which Downtown Station Area sites are historically significant and which sites do not require additional historic resource evaluation.

Request for Proposals

***Application period closed December 2***

The City is seeking a qualified consultant to help with an HRE of the estimated 624 properties that were constructed prior to 1970 and therefore may be historically significant per the City of Santa Rosa processing Review Procedures for Owners of Historic Properties (2006), and the California Environmental Quality Act. Subject properties are located within the roughly 720 acres of the Downtown Station Area boundary but outside of a designated preservation district. None, some, or all of these properties may be a resource under CRHR or NRHP guidelines.

Qualified applicants were instructed to download the packet information below and submit their application by December 2. Applicants with questions can contact City Planner Shari Meads at Proposals will be evaluated on their approach, projected timeline, relevant experience, and individual team member qualifications. Consultant interviews will be held during the week of December 14, 2020.

RFP Package

Anticipated Timeline

November 6, 2020Release of Request for Proposals
November 13, 2020Proposer's Questions Due
On or before November 19, 2020City's Response to Questions Distributed
December 2, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.Proposals Due
December 3 - 10, 2020Proposals Evaluated by City 
December 14 - 19, 2020Interviews Conducted by Virtual Format
December 21, 2020Notice of Intent to Award