Mayor Rick Kriseman has restricted the Tropicana Field redevelopment proposals to two companies.
Both plans “best reflect the wishes of the community” and the companies “are well positioned to provide further details and ultimately transform this site,” Kriseman said in a statement.
He chose the proposals from Midtown Development and Sugar Hill Community Partners, JMA Ventures to move forward. Below is more information about each plan.
There will be additional public engagement that will focus on these two plans, the statement said.
Kriseman and city council have clashed in recent weeks over the redevelopment process, with council members wanting to slow down and try to strike a stadium deal with the Tampa Bay Rays before selecting a developer for the site. A lawsuit filed on May 22 by sponsors of the Rays owning company further complicated the situation, prompting Pinellas County and the city of St. Petersburg to suspend the process of hiring a consultant to negotiate with the Rays.
The Kriseman administration has said it will move forward with the redevelopment of the Trop site, with or without a baseball stadium on the site, and Friday’s announcement of the two finalists underscores that intention.
The planned redevelopment has been described as a “generational” opportunity to transform much of the city and restore fairness to a neighborhood that was once home to a thriving black community. Both plans would create thousands of new jobs and millions of square feet of office space.
Midtown Development’s proposal, Creekside, respects the history of the site. “Midtown Development is focused on building connectivity not only with the surrounding neighborhoods, but also with the site’s heritage and national social, racial and environmental justice movements,” according to a summary.
Midtown also said its plan was based on the city’s Grow Smarter plan, an economic development strategy focused on targeted industries. It would promote pedestrian circulation and improve the multimodal public transport link.
The public contribution to improving the city would not exceed $ 75 million under the Midtown plan. Midtown would make a payment of $ 60 million to the city and would also be responsible for over $ 94 million in public improvements.
The development team is made up of 18 companies, including Pinellas County Urban League, Studio @ 620, George F. Young Inc., PLACE Architecture, Real Building Consultants, VHB, Trenam Law, Holland and Knight.
The plan would unfold in five phases, starting in 2022 and ending in 2048. The total cost of construction would range from $ 2.7 billion to $ 3.75 billion. When completed, the project would create 20,000 jobs locally, contributing $ 1.4 billion annually to the local economy.
Click on here to see the full proposal.
Sugar Hill, JMA Ventures
Sugar Hill’s plan would achieve four goals, according to one summary.
• Develop and foster strong links with the surrounding neighborhoods and the site’s vibrant history.
• Create Booker Creek Park, a new public green space anchored by a revitalized Booker Creek that crosses the site and connects to Campbell Park to the south by an elevated walkway.
• Construct a central pedestrian artery that connects the site to the city center and serves as a focal point for the historic walk, a linear museum telling the story of the neighborhoods that once occupied the site.
• Establish a new town gathering space at the intersection of Booker Creek Park and the Historic Walk.
The development team includes 24 companies, including Blue Sky Communities, a Tampa-based company that develops affordable and workforce housing; BackStreets Capital, DDA and J Square Developers; Brewing of 3 girls; Architecture by Behard + Peteranecz; and Johnson Pope.
The team has also partnered with St. Petersburg College to develop a multi-year workforce development pipeline for the jobs that the renovated Trop site will provide.
The project would be constructed in five phases between 2024 and 2033. Construction costs would amount to around $ 3 billion with nearly 31,000 construction jobs created. The resulting number of permanent jobs was not disclosed.
Click on here to see the full proposal.