Please be advised that the pre-submission meeting and building tour for the proposed public market at 136 Blackstone Street in Boston will take place on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 10:00am at 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Conference Room B, Boston, MA.  This conference will be an opportunity for all interested parties to discuss the RFP that was issued in December, the process and timing for the selection of an operator of the market, and to ask questions in writing.  This meeting is open to all interested parties, including but not limited to:  prospective developers, operators, media, residents and workers in the neighborhood, and members of the public.

After a brief introduction by Public Market Commission Chairman and Commissioner of Agricultural Resources Scott J. Soares, there will be an opportunity to submit written questions which will be responded to at the meeting informally and then, later, officially in writing.  After the question and answer session, there will be a site tour for all interested parties at 136 Blackstone Street.

As a reminder for the procedure to RSVP for the pre-submission meeting and to submit questions, the RFP says:

3 . Pre-Submission Meeting and Building Tour.  A Pre-Submission Meeting and Building Tour has  been scheduled on the date shown above in Section VI.A.1.  Prospective Proposers must confirm their attendance of the Pre-Submission Meeting and Building Tour by sending an e-mail with the subject line “Public Market Parcel 7 – Pre-Submission Meeting and Building Tour” to publicMarket@state.ma.us.

4 . Written Questions.  All questions regarding this RFP document or any matter relating to the RFP selection process must be submitted by e-mail to PublicMarket@state.ma.us, with the subject line “Public Market Parcel 7 – RFP Questions.”  Questions must be received by MassDOT/MDAR on or before the Written Questions Due Date, shown above in Section VI.A.1.  All questions received will be responded to in writing to all parties who have requested this RFP in writing or have submitted questions.  A list of those who have requested the RFP will be provided with the answers to questions.