Three of four eligible teams submitted new development proposals yesterday for the coveted Metro Center site, including one that promised to bring a Bloomingdale's department store downtown.
The three proposals are similar in some respects. All three call for two large department stores, a shopping mall, a large amount of office space and a 300- to 400-room hotel on the Metro Center site at 12th and G streets NW.
Two plans did not specify any department store, but the proposal submitted by Metro Center Associates states that Bloomingdale's officials have "indicated a strong preference for working with" that team. City officials have long courted the popular and fashionable department store and have helped store officials look for locations downtown for several years without success.
A Bloomingdale's spokesman confirmed that the department store was committed to working with Metro Center Associates, and said the real estate department of Bloomingdale's parent company has joined the team to facilitate Bloomingdale's move if the team is selected.
Metro Center Associates is led by JBG Associates, a major local office building and hotel developer, and by Metropolitan Structures, the development arm of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
Other proposals for the land were submitted by W/R Associates and by Metro Center Associates Joint Venture. W/R is led by the Rockefeller Center Development Corp., a real estate company controlled by the Rockefeller family, and by the Western Development Co., a local shopping center and office building developer. Metro Center Associates Joint Venture is led by the Starrett Housing Corp. of New York and by New York real estate developer William Zeckendorf, whose extensive holdings include the Shoreham Americana Hotel here.
All three teams have also promised to set aside money for the community.
Metro Center Associates pledged to set aside at least $5 million to create a mortgage fund that would spend $250,000 each year for the next 20 years to help local residents, particularly those with low and moderate incomes, buy homes in the District.
W/R Associates pledged to create the Downtown Community Foundation to "assist minorities, women and residents, particularly those nearby, to participate in the area of employment and business opportunity." Businesses displaced by the new Metro Center development could also receive funds. The foundation would receive 3 percent of the project's profits.
Metro Center Associates Joint Venture also promised to create a foundation to fund cultural activities at the new development, but further details of their proposal could not be obtained late yesterday afternoon.
The Metro Center Associates proposal also includes two shopping malls, 1.5 square feet of office space and a hotel with moderately priced rooms. One shopping mall would be below 12th Street and a second, glass-enclosed one would be above the street. Both would connect the two major department stores.
Metro Center Associates promised completion of the project by 1990.
W/R Associates has proposed a luxury-priced hotel, nearly 1 million square feet of office space, and a glass-enclosed shopping mall above 12th Street connecting two major department stores. They pledged completion by 1986.
Only those companies that bid unsuccessfully for the Metro Center project four years ago were invited to submit proposals yesterday. The city's Redevelopment Land Agency asked for the bids after taking the project away from developers Oliver Carr and Theodore R. Hagans in March in a dispute over land prices.
Carr and Hagans have filed suit to regain their rights to the project. Blake Construction Co., the fourth eligible bidder, declined to offer a new proposal because of the lawsuit, according to its vice president, Steven Grigg.
The RLA refused to release copies of the proposals yesterday.