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The Flower Show

Request for Application for the Philadelphia LandCare Stabilization and LandCare Maintenance

The City of Philadelphia, through its Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), is issuing this Request for Applications (RFA) for the Philadelphia LandCare Stabilization and the Philadelphia LandCare Maintenance programs. These programs are two of the components of the City’s strategy to treat and maintain vacant lots. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), through a contract with DHCD, is the manager of these programs and will hold the contracts with the applicants selected through this process.

This RFA is to pre-qualify a for-profit or a nonprofit organization to be eligible to apply for a landscaping contract. In addition to this RFA, interested applicants must also respond to a detailed bid package being issued by PHS for either the Philadelphia LandCare Stabilization program or the Philadelphia LandCare Maintenance program (see below for further information about these bid packages). Funding for the Community LandCare Program, another component to the City’s vacant land strategy, is not a part of this RFA.

The qualification standards for a business which must be met are as follows:

  • Is in compliance with City of Philadelphia required licenses and is current or has made satisfactory arrangements with the City to become current with City taxes.
  • Has three years of experience with conducting similar work as described herein.
  • Has liability insurance coverage of $1,000,000, auto insurance of $1,000,000 and workers compensation insurance of 500,000
  • Has not made a contribution totaling over $11,900 in one calendar year to a candidate for City elective office or to an incumbent as per Chapter 17-1400 of the Philadelphia Code.


The Philadelphia LandCare Stabilization bids will be for groups of sites, which vary from 30,000 to 160,000 square feet per each group. As in the past, contractors may bid on more than one group. The treatment for stabilization includes tree installation, re-grading, seeding, fencing and maintenance. The Philadelphia LandCare Maintenance bids will be for about twenty two groups, which are divided into areas by neighborhood. The square footage for each group ranges from 150,000 to 1,000,000 square feet. Companies may submit bids for more than one group. The scope of work for the Philadelphia LandCare Maintenance consists of 14 bi-weekly visits from April 2022 through October 2022. The treatment includes mowing, weeding and trash pick-up.

Request for Application Deadline and Contract Information

A briefing will be held on the Request for Application (RFA) on November 10, 2021, at 10:15 am via zoom link will be provided once interest is shown. 

Please RSVP for this briefing to Kaitlyn Dibble, by November 5, 2021 via email.

Attendance is mandatory for ALL applicants as special technical assistance will be reviewed at this time. Questions regarding this RFA may be asked at the briefing session, and then subsequently in writing via email to [email protected] for a period of one week after the briefing date.

A completed application form and all relevant information regarding this Request for Applications are due on November 23, 2021, by 4:00 pm and must be submitted to the attention of Kaitlyn Dibble, Operations Manager of Philadelphia LandCare Program, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 North 20th Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA  19103. 

If you have any questions about this RFA or need more information, please contact [email protected]

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