The city of St. Petersburg has released seven proposals for redeveloping the Tropicana Field site that include plans with and without a baseball stadium.
The plans, released late Tuesday afternoon, showcase the green spaces around Brooker Creek and include affordable housing options as the city expands.
Mayor of Saint Petersburg Rick kriseman announced Tuesday morning that the city would publish the advance proposals to redevelop the historic site of Trop.
The announcement came amid the Kriseman news rejected the last proposal of the Tampa Bay Rays for a new stadium on the site of Tropicana Field.
The city has a commentary section on the Web page so that residents can give their opinion on each of the development proposals.
Once Kriseman and his staff review all of the comments received through the webpage, his administration will create a shortlist of proposals, and from there the city will go through another candidate selection process.
The city will review the proposals with 26 professionals, looking at development under the aspects of sustainability, health, public policy, economic development, job creation and equity, especially for the African American community who have been moved with the existing site Too much has been developed.
Here’s a look at what each has to offer:
Midtown Development is a Florida-based company that offers the site as a pedestrian-scale mixed-use neighborhood called “Creekside.”
It seeks to fill the site with office, retail, hotel, civic and residential spaces with “Immediate focus on breaking down the physical and metaphysical barriers that have unfairly deprived the African-American community and the heritage of St. Petersburg,” according to the proposal.
The edge of the stream proposal comprises over 10,000 housing units, of which 1,000 are designated low and middle income residential units and certified green.
The plan also includes the heritage trail, to celebrate and honor the history of the site, as well as a central park near the creek, which would also have a walkway for the water pavilion.
The plan also highlights a plaza as a pedestrian area, filled with greenery and benches, as well as a walking area.
The eastern end of the site would have a commercial development, an innovation campus, and a hotel and conference center. The middle of the site with Booker Creek would be the destination and entertainment hub for the whole city. The west would act as a neighborhood.
The Pinellas County Urban League is part of the development team.
The total cost would vary based on density options determined by square footage. If the city opts for the 10.5 million square feet, the expected cost is $ 2.75 billion and for 14.2 million square feet, $ 3.75 billion.
Portman Holdings, Third Lake Partners
Developers in this group have already completed several developments in St. Petersburg, including ONE St. Pete, a 253-unit, 41-story luxury residential building in the city center.
The proposal Describes accommodations targeted at a variety of family sizes and income levels, including affordable accommodations, as well as a 400-key hotel with 50,000 square feet of meeting space. Regarding residential space, the proposal provides for 3,900 units.
A technology-driven research campus is envisioned to be occupied by a larger user of educational or healthcare institutions to help spur innovation and catalyze local research and development activities.
The site would also create a cultural space and amphitheater to be occupied by museums, arts organizations or other creative users.
This proposal, without the ball park, would cost $ 2.6 billion.
SROA, Holabird & Root, ARGO
This proposal will feature several mixed-use spaces, as well as a tech campus, a baseball museum and an open-air amphitheater.
In terms of housing, the plan includes 50% affordable multi-family apartments and 50% at market rate, or about 2.3 million square feet of apartments, or about 2,100 units.
The proposal includes up to 470,000 square feet of retail space.
The plan includes up to 675,300 square feet of office space to be used for the expansion of successful local businesses in marine and life sciences, financial services, data analytics, specialty manufacturing, creative arts and design.
This plan is estimated at $ 2.67 billion.
Sugar Hill Community Partners, JMA Ventures
This group of developers completed the St. Pete Pier approach.
The proposal set a target of transforming 35 to 40% of the total residential units on the site into affordable housing, and an additional 10 to 15% into workforce housing. It would also designate some of the units available to local artists to offer an “artist in residence” program.
The developers also plan to partner with Three Daughters Brewing and the Florida Brewers Guild to develop a mentorship program to support, educate and empower a local entrepreneur to become one of Florida’s first minority-owned breweries.
Their plan includes a 650,000 square foot convention center and an associated 500 room hotel.
It also has a 500,000 square foot technology campus to provide office, research and creative space for the facility.
It would also include a new park around Booker Creek, which “would be enhanced with public gathering spaces and both passive and active features.” The site would include a “historic walk” to honor the history of the site.
This plan would cost $ 3 billion.
TRS Development Services
This proposal promises that small businesses will make up at least 50% of its retail space.
He plans to create a public recreation area around Brooker Creek.
The development would also include a minimum of 50,000 square feet of conference space attached to a large flagship hotel and would include space for higher education.
This plan would include a community cultural center on the ground floor of the East Hotel, with the aim of educating the community about the history and culture of the city.
The total cost to the city is estimated at $ 475 million. More general costs have not been included in the proposal.
National Development Unicorp
Unicorp plan would create “Petersburg Park”, which would be filled with outdoor and green spaces.
The developers noted that they would offer three months of rent-free occupancy to any small business that moves to Petersburg Park or a new business that chooses to relocate there.
The proposal would create approximately 3,450 units, spread across a variety of housing types such as residential uses above retail and commercial spaces, living and working spaces. About 900 units would be dedicated to affordable housing.
The site would also house 312,000 square feet of retail and lifestyle, 288,000 square feet for higher education, 155,000 square feet of office space and a 66,000 square foot conference center and hotel. of 400 keys.
The developers involved in this proposal have been working with St. Petersburg for almost 15 years.
The proposal projects that 1,286 units, approximately 58% of the total residential units in the plan, would represent affordable housing and labor / multi-family housing.
The residences would be integrated throughout the site, with six plots dedicated to affordable housing occupying the west side and several other mixed-income towers adjacent or to the east.
The plan also includes a hotel and conference space, industrial space for business schools, street-level retail, food and entertainment.
The estimated construction cost is $ 2.42 billion.