Proposal now being accepted for buildings in VA District

KNOXVILLE — Marion County and The City of Knoxville are now requesting proposals from real estate development companies interested in acquiring, rehabilitating, owning and operating two historic buildings on the former VA Hospital site.

Per the agreement in acquiring the land that was signed by local leaders in February, buildings 27 and 28 must be on the market for a total of 60 days. The 60 days will end Aug. 14, 2020. If no interest is shown in the buildings, Marion County can choose to demolish the buildings for future development.

Interested developers may attend an open house at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 15 at Marion County Offices, located at 3014 E. Main Street. Attendees are required to RSVP to Glenn Lyons by emailing or calling 515-782-1721. Given the current COVID-19 situation, steps will be taken to ensure that social distancing procedures are maintained.

The process in acquiring proposals will be conducted in two steps. Developers will first have to submit an Expression of Interest and Request for Qualifications (EOI/RFQ). The city and county will then review the EOI/RFQ’s and invite any number of qualified applicants to move on to step two and submit a Request for Proposals (RFP).

The Iowa State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will also act as an advisor during the review process. The deadline for submitting the EOI/RFQ is Friday, Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. Submissions can be emailed to Glenn Lyons at

The full RFP, submission requirements, selection criteria and other information can be found at