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Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Tropicana Field site redevelopment narrowed to two proposals

At the end of January 2021, the city of St. Petersburg released seven of nine proposals received to redevelop the land under Tropicana Field, 86 acres of downtown property controlled by the city and largely used as a parking lot. You can read our summary on the RFP process and the ruled out proposals at this link. The submissions by the remaining bids are hyperlinked below, and can also be found at the city’s website.

The narrowing of the field comes at an interesting time, as the Mayor Rick Kriseman is reaching the final seven months of his term and may see this proposal as the way to leave his mark on the city. Kriseman has attempted to make this decision without the direct oversight of the St. Petersburg City Council (who control the budget) and without the input of the Tampa Bay Rays (who can block re-development until 2028).

Mayor Kriseman recently declared he will no longer negotiate with the Rays until Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg steps down from managing operations at the team. In response, the Chair of the City Council announced he a press conference this morning saying redevelopment should be put on hold until the Rays stadium has been resolved, a ###-for-tat with Mayor Kriseman narrowing the vision for downtown St. Petersburg to two proposals.

There are differences between the two remaining proposals. Both pack into the space as much as possible to create a busy downtown feel, but where one prioritizes greenspace, the other prioritizes water features. Both have the stadium option in the middle of the action, although only one has rendered what that would look like.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 11:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
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