Port Milwaukee: South Shore Cruise Dock Request for Interest (RFI)


South Shore Cruise Dock Request for Interest (RFI)

Responses Requested by December 17, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST


Port Milwaukee (“Port”), a City of Milwaukee (“City”) department, is seeking high-quality proposals for development of and a long-term tenant at a 5-acre site (“Site”) located at its South Shore Cruise Dock with an address of 2320 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive; Milwaukee, and located immediately east of the Lake Express High Speed Ferry terminal. Preferred lease term is a maximum of 30 years structured as 15-year base term lease with three options for subsequent 5-year extensions. Because of restrictions under the Wisconsin Public Trust Doctrine, the Port cannot lease this Site for more than 30 years under the initial agreement; at the end of the 30 years, a new lease agreement would be necessary.

The Site is available for development of recreational, entertainment, tourism, cultural, passenger vessel and public access uses, and is well-situated for tenants seeking to partner with the Port on Site development. Proposals should incorporate new and innovative development concepts that would co-exist with and take advantage of concurrent growth of international cruise activity in Milwaukee, including Viking Cruises, which is scheduled to begin in 2022.

Site development proposals, either in part or in full, must incorporate a cruise passenger “welcome center” (or similar concept), which includes the following:

  1. Minimum standard: Must include facilities that meet safety/security requirements for cruise passenger embarkation/disembarkation (as required by the U.S. Coast Guard), and
  2. Minimum standard: Must provide sufficient room for passenger exchange, tour bus utilization, and luggage clearance on-site without interrupting the proposed use, and
  3. Ideal standard: May or may not include facilities that meet safety/security requirements for international clearance of domestic and foreign passengers (as required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection).

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