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City of St. Petersburg Receives 15 Responses for Tropicana Field Property Redevelopment Master Plan Request for Qualifications
The high level of interest in future development opportunities in downtown St. Petersburg was demonstrated again today as the City of St. Petersburg received 15 responses to compete to be the master planning consultant for the redevelopment of the 86 acre (MOL) Tropicana Field property (“Property”). Responses were received from consultant teams as close as Orlando and as far away as Los Angeles. Several sub-contractors listed are from Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: “I want to thank everyone who took the time to submit qualifications today. St. Pete is nationally and internationally recognized as a place where creative, innovative people want to live, work and play. That is reflected in the responses we received today. People recognize that St. Petersburg has a unique, world-class sense of place. The opportunity to develop the acreage of the Tropicana Field site is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand that sense of place. I look forward to reviewing each of these responses and taking the next steps towards the redevelopment of that site.”
The redevelopment of the Property will be considered under two scenarios 1) the Rays relocate to a new facility on the Property, the first priority scenario and 2) the Rays choose another location and the entire 86 acres is available for redevelopment. The importance of the redevelopment of the Property is reflected in the “Purpose and Vision” statement provided in the RFQ:
“The City of St. Petersburg (“City”) seeks proposals in response to this RFQ for creation of a redevelopment master plan for the Tropicana Field Property, the purpose of which is to guide the future development of the Property. The importance of the redevelopment of the Property to the future of the City can hardly be overstated. It is a once in a generation chance to create new opportunities for growth and economic development.
The vision for the Property is to create a sustainable, world class, mixed-use, high intensity, vibrant, connected and walkable district that provides for and accelerates the growth of the innovative, technology and creative sectors of the City’s economic base. Further, the district will be served by a multimodal transportation network and have high quality public spaces and streetscapes that incorporate public art, innovation and creativity while allowing for moments of respite and relaxation. Urban design and architectural guidelines will ensure that the district is a notable and enduring place. Finally, “green” technologies and design standards will be an overriding theme of the entire district, including utility and building design and construction.”
In the coming weeks the appointed Selection Committee will review and rank the proposals. Once ranked the City can begin contract negotiations with the top ranked master planning firm. Work on the master plan, including a public engagement process, will begin upon approval of a contract for services by the City Council in June or July of 2016.
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