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CIDBIA Updates

RFQ-P: Security Film Installation for Chinatown International District

Mandatory RFQ meeting and neighborhood walk (before submitting application):
February 3, 2022 (10:00 AM to Noon, Chinatown International District)

Please confirm that you are able to attend this in-person meeting with Project Manager
An Huynh ASAP: anh@scidpda.org.

Submission Deadline & Requirements:
Please send an electronic copy in PDF format to SCIDpda Community Development Manager An Huynh (anh@scidpda.org ; 206-838-8715) no later than 9:00 AM on Monday February 14th.
Please title your email “CID Facade Protection Proposal - [Contractor/Company Name].”

For the FULL RFQ-P, click here.

security film project neighborhood map

Project Background


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses in the Chinatown International District (CID) have experienced increased break-ins, burglary, and vandalism in addition to the economic struggles of operating a small business during a pandemic. The increase in property damage has led to many businesses putting plywood boards up to cover their windows as a preventive measure. As the pandemic continues, business owners are understandably concerned about the risks of taking down the plywood and the impact on security and safety. At the same time, the boards place a significant burden on businesses, limiting their ability to operate a transparent and welcoming storefront. There needs to be a way to address these security issues with concrete actions that alleviate the concerns for our community members.

In January 2022, the CID Small Business Relief Team (SBRT) received a Neighborhood Economic Recovery grant to install transparent security film to small business storefronts. The funding comes from the The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (otherwise known as ARPA), and facilitated locally through the Seattle Office of Economic Development. While no film guarantees complete protection, thick film prevents glass from scratching and scattering, and keeps intruders and projectiles out. Throughout the pandemic, more business owners have sought facade protection measures, including film, gates, lighting, and cameras. Transparent film is the most economical and least invasive. If a majority of storefronts have it, the district could be more resilient to crime.

The Chinatown International District (CID) is the only historic pan-Asian business district in the
United States that is still an active immigrant gateway. In just a quarter of a square mile, there are approximately 350 family-owned and operated, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean, Thai, Filipino and Laotian immigrant-founded businesses. These mostly small and immigrant & refugee-owned establishments are an integral factor in preserving, promoting, and developing the CID as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood. In late 2021, the Small Business Relief Team sent out a trilingual survey in Chinese, Vietnamese, and English to CID businesses and identified 64 business owners interested in receiving security film installation for their storefront. Respondents were distributed across geography, industry, ethnicity and language.

Interested companies and teams should respond to the following Request for Qualifications & Proposals. The RFQ/P opens January 24th and closes 9:00 AM February 14th. A mandatory neighborhood walk-through on February 3rd with the project manager is required for all contractors looking to apply. Please confirm that you are able to attend the February 3rd in-person walk-through with Project Manager An Huynh ASAP: anh@scidpda.org.