Quick process to pick parking facility lessor

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The Pittsburgh Parking Authority has set up a rapid process for choosing a law firm to advise it on the proposed lease of garages, lots and street meters.

Authority Executive Director David Onorato said that on Monday, his agency advertised in the Pittsburgh Legal Journal, posted online and sent to 14 firms a request for proposals to handle legal work on a lease. Firms have until tomorrow to respond. He said attorneys have "said that it is a short time, but they'll be able to respond to it."

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, which handles the authority's general legal work, is among the firms invited to bid, he said.

Respondents will be interviewed next week.

The authority wants firms to propose fees, but its decision will be based on qualifications, references, staffing, understanding of the task, participation of women and minorities, as well as price.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has set a timeline that has the authority starting next month to identify bidders for the garages, lots and meters, with the intention of closing a deal by November.

The administration hopes to gross more than $300 million from a decades-long lease, to pay off the authority's debts and pump around $200 million into the city's pension fund.


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