The United Jewish Foundation Releases Request for Proposal for the Oak Park JCC

April 1, 2015 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

As has been shared earlier, due to an ongoing annual deficit of more than $800,000, the boards of the Jewish Community Center (JCC), the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (JFMD) and the United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit (UJF) voted to cease JCC operations at the Oak Park Facility by August 31, 2015, unless a sustainable solution is found to eliminate the significant financial shortfall. This extremely difficult decision was made to ensure the long-term viability of the JCC as well as the overall health of our Jewish community.

As a result, the Real Estate Projects Sub Committee of the UJF has released a Request For Proposal (RFP) for the facility, which offers information about the availability of the facility and invites bids from parties interested in pursuing the use of the property. The goal of the RFP process is to secure a user that will maintain an inclusive community facility that serves the Jewish population in the area.

The United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit is the financial arm of the community and works in tandem with the Jewish Federation. The UJF owns the buildings and land for a significant portion of the community’s real estate holdings. The UJF Real Estate Committee is comprised of volunteer community members involved in the local real estate business. This group lives in and represents a broad cross section of the community, including the Oak Park/Southfield/Huntington Woods area.

In addition, the UJF and the Jewish Federation are working closely with members of the community to ensure that the entire process is open, fair and, above all, in the best interest of the residents of the area as well as the Jewish community as a whole.

Please find the RFP and submission instructions here.

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