FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2016
Mary Beth Romig
Director of Communications
NEW ORLEANS REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY APPROVES SEVEN VENDORS FOR PROPERTY MAINTENANCE SERVICES
Vendors to Provide Regular Maintenance on NORA-Owned Properties
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) has selected seven local vendors to assist the agency in maintaining the large inventory of properties that require regular maintenance, including grass cutting, lot clearing and debris removal.
Twenty proposals were submitted to NORA, of which these seven were selected: H&O Enterprises; Metro Service Group; Garden Doctors, LLC; Joker’s Wyld, LLC; Dison Enterprise; Pontchartrain Property Preservation; and, Professional Grounds Maintenance. The contractors’ will maintain among them a total of 1,857 properties. NORA expects to spend a maximum of $2,000,000 on combined services among these contractors over the course of the next year.
Proposals were evaluated based on prior experience, as well as the contractor’s proposal to achieve meaningful results in making employment opportunities available to individuals who might otherwise have challenges in finding employment. Selected vendors were also required to provide training opportunities to help employees succeed.
“Maintaining property in the NORA inventory is a priority for us, as it directly impacts the quality of life of so many residents in neighborhoods across our community,” said Brenda Breaux, NORA’s Executive Director. “It is also important for us to support small businesses, create employment opportunities and support workforce development. This follows the practices established by the Mayor’s Office of Supplier Diversity, the goal being to increase the utilization of certified disadvantaged business enterprises in the procurement of goods and services by the City of New Orleans.”
The properties were transferred to NORA through the State of Louisiana’s Road Home Program or through strategic acquisitions. Once the properties were identified, NORA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) and held an informational meeting with prospective vendors in early June, 2016. Earlier this month, NORA issued work orders to all the selected vendors, who are required to show proof of work accomplished in maintaining the chosen properties.
“NORA continues to prove that with good partners positive results can happen and creating this type of opportunity for locally-owned businesses is a win-win for our entire community,” said Breaux. “We hope to continue offering similar opportunities and work to create a more vibrant city.”
A map of the properties is below.
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The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority is a catalyst for the revitalization of the city, partnering in strategic developments that celebrate the city’s neighborhoods and honor its traditions.