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Request for Letters of Interest for Outside Counsel

Monday, April 1, 2019  
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REQUEST FOR LETTERS OF INTEREST FOR OUTSIDE COUNSEL TO ASSIST THE CITY OF MIAMI OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY IN THE NEGOTIATION AND LEGAL REVIEW OF CONTRACT DOCUMENTS FOR THE LEASE OF THE CITY OWNED PROPERTY KNOWN AS MELREESE COUNTRY CLUB, FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SOCCER STADIUM, COMMERCIAL FACILITIES, AND RETAIL COMPLEX .

 

The City of Miami (“City”) Office of City Attorney (“City Attorney”) is seeking responses to this Request for Letters of Interest to be received on or before April 13, 2019.  Such responses are in relation to the City Attorney for the City of Miami seeking the assistance of specialized real estate outside counsel in negotiating certain real estate terms and conducting the legal review of contract documents regarding the development, construction, and long-term leasing of certain City-owned property known as Melreese Country Club.  The City invites comprehensive proposals from qualified firms who are interested in negotiating the development of this project and associated transactions with Miami Freedom Park LLC and related Major League Soccer franchise.  Proposals should include any and all relevant information related to the proposer’s previous experience and expertise in transactions of this nature. 

 

Proposers should be well experienced in both complex commercial real estate transactions as well as have experience in transactions involving the development, construction, financing, and leasing/sale of large-scale stadiums and/or arenas. The proposer must not be engaged in or conduct any business with or within Cuba, in contravention to any state or federal law(s), and must disclose all such commercial dealings in its response to this request. 

 

The hourly rate will be negotiable depending on the hours involved, experience, availability, and accessibility of any specialized real estate counsel selected. Hourly fees with a fee cap will be required. A form engagement letter furnished by the City Attorney must be signed by any selected specialized real estate counsel.  Adequate conflict searches shall be completed, and no waiver of conflicts of interests will be considered by the City Attorney nor the City Commission.  The real estate counsel shall not violate the Charter or Code of the City of Miami, as amended, or any other state, federal, or local laws.  The City Attorney and City Commission may give preference to firms with an office and legal practice within the City limits.

 

All responses to this letter must be received by the City Attorney of the City of Miami c/o Barnaby L. Min, 444 SW 2nd Ave., Suite 945, Miami, Florida 33130 or via electronic mail at bmin@miamigov.com, by 5:00 PM on or April 13, 2019.  LATE RESPONSES OR RESPONSES SUBMITTED AT ANY OTHER LOCATION OR TO ANY OTHER PERSON SHALL NOT BE ACCEPTED OR CONSIDERED.

 

This is not a Request for Proposal (RFP) and specifically exempted from any specific requirements of the Procurement Code of the City of Miami.  The City’s decision regarding the selection of outside counsel will be at the City’s sole and absolute discretion.  Respondents are hereby notified that all information submitted as part of, or in support of, this request will be available for public inspection in compliance with Chapter 119, Florida Statutes. 


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