Protest to outline violations in Pier 6 RFP Process and BDC Recommendation for Contract
Baltimore, MD (November 28, 2016) – AEG Live, one of the largest music and live entertainment companies in the world, will make a written protest to the Board of Estimates for their Wednesday, November 30, 2016 meeting in response to the Baltimore Development Corporation’s (BDC) unfair and illegal recommendation of the winning respondent to manage and operate the Pier 6 Concert Pavilion pursuant to Baltimore Development Corporation’s Request for Proposal dated January 11, 2016.
AEG Live’s protest and attached information contends and will demonstrate that BDC, has violated the Baltimore City Charter article VI Section II (h) (1) (ii) by not following its own instructions and by not honoring the original Jan. 11 2016 RFP bids it received on the due date of April 11, 2016. In addition, BDC requested AEG Live to effectively rebid the RFP twice by asking for two enhanced subsequent “ best and final “ bids, one on May 25, 2016 and the second on July 22, 2016, which was never set forth in the Jan. 11 2016 original RFP for the management contract for Pier 6. The nature and manner of the request for additional “best and final offers” severely compromised the confidential nature of the public bidding process and “possibly” allowed a competing bid the opportunity to gain an unfair advantage.
Per the Maryland Public Information Act, AEG Live has submitted requests and communications to BDC and Baltimore City to review all documents related to the RFP in dispute that have been utilized by BDC for the recommendation for the Pier 6 contract. The requests remain unanswered in direct violation of the Maryland Public Information Act.
AEG Live currently operates and manages Rams Head Live in Baltimore and is committed to a fair and unbiased process as it relates to the Pier 6 RFP. AEG Live ‘s RFP proposal for Pier 6 was in excess of $20 million dollars, which included substantial facility upgrades, robust minority participation, a re-entry pathway to employment and community engagement.