Stearns & Foster RFP
The Village of Lockland has issued a Request for Qualifications/Proposals for redevelopment of the 12-acre former Stearns & Foster site at the corners of Shepherd Avenue and Wyoming Avenue in Hamilton County, Ohio. Responses are due to Senior Economic Development Specialist Dan Ferguson by June 4, 2019. Please send files as a PDF to his email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, if you prefer regular mail, you can send a printed copy to:
1776 Mentor Ave.
Digital submissions with a follow-up call to Dan at 513-458-2226 are preferred.
The Stearns & Foster mattress company developed its industrial campus in 1882 and grew to be one of the largest companies in the region with 1.2-million square feet of industrial space and employing 1,200. The company closed the location in 2001, and the site and has undergone remediation and demolition to make it shovel-ready for re-development. Lockland expects to take control of the entire site in May 2019.
There are strong expectations for the site to produce income taxes and property taxes for the small Millcreek Valley community. A Master Plan adopted for the site in 2017 demonstrates that the proximity to I-75 and General Electric makes the propery ideal for advanced manufacturing use. The business district directly to the south (centered around the intersection of Mill Street and Dunn Street) was approved by the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board to be listed as a Historic District on the National Register. This will allow local, state, and federal grants and loans to be used for revitalization efforts.
HCDC’s Economic Development Office has been working in the Village to establish the first Downtown Redevelopment District in Hamilton County. The redevelopment district will allow new tax revenues from construction on the Stearns & Foster site to be used for public infrastructure improvements and building rehabilitation.
Lockland Mayor Mason states that development of this site is of the highest priority for the Village. “It’s with great excitement and anticipation that I look forward to seeing all the exciting proposals for this all-important former S&F site redevelopment. This land is a prime location and will become the foundation of our efforts in the revitalization of our Village.