The three finalists chosen to move forward to the RFP phase to create a memorial to honor Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Portland will present their final designs during a November 14 meeting. The finalists include Robert Katz, Augusta, ME; TJD&A Landscape Architects, Yarmouth, ME; and Ironwood Design Group, Newmarket, NH. The meeting will begin at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers and each group will have 20 minutes to present their proposal. The memorial is intended to inspire visitors to reflect on Dr. King’s life and the values he espoused, prompting everyone to consider how they can contribute to realizing his vision of an equitable and fair society.
The MLK Memorial Selection Committee issued an RFQ in May 2019 to seek interested applicants for the creation of a memorial. The submissions were due at the end of June, and nine submissions were received. The Committee met on July 22 to review the submissions and in August chose three finalists to move forward with the RFP phase. The City has allocated $100,000 for the creation of the memorial and the three finalists are each receiving $2,500 for developing their proposals.
“I look forward to seeing and reviewing the fully developed proposals from the finalists, and I hope that many members of our community will attend the meeting on the 14th in order to learn more about the vision of each of these proposals” said Councilor Jill Duson, Co-Chair of the MLK Memorial Selection Committee.
“A monument to the life and legacy of Dr. King will serve as a special place of reflection and inspiration for all Maine people,” said Reverend Kenneth Lewis, pastor of the Green Memorial AME Zion Church in Portland, and Co-Chair of the Selection Committee. “I encourage the public to attend the presentations on November 14.”
The RFP phase of the process asks the finalists to develop proposals that include a written project statement, visuals, models, schedule, and budget, followed by the in-person interview and presentation on November 14.
After reviewing the materials and candidate presentations, the Selection Committee will meet on November 19 to deliberate and score the finalists.
To review the materials from the three finalists, please visit https://www.portlandmaine.gov/2460/MLK-Memorial-Selection-Committee. The November 14 meeting will be live-streamed on the City’s website at portlandmaine.gov/livestream and on the City’s Facebook page.
About the Process
The MLK Recognition Task Force was appointed to consider how best to recognize and acknowledge Dr. King’s life and work. The Task Force determined it was best to site a memorial in an open area on the Bayside Trail located in the West Bayside neighborhood.
The City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee established the MLK Memorial Selection Committee to oversee the RFQ and RFP process. The Committee will make a recommendation back to the S&T Committee at the conclusion of the process. The S&T Committee will then send a formal recommendation to the full City Council.