Historic Gas Plant District Redevelopment
Historic Gas Plant District Redevelopment
Spanning 86 acres nestled in the middle of St. Pete, with one of the most vibrant and walkable communities in the nation, the Historic Gas Plant District (formally known as the Tropicana Field site) represents an opportunity unlike any other in the Southeast. The new Request for Proposal process will ensure intentional equity, vibrancy and economic vitality for years to come.
A Message from Mayor Welch
We have made an important and informed decision in the redevelopment process for the Historic Gas Plant District, now home to Tropicana Field. Based on our current realities, relationships and economics, we believe this path will provide the best opportunity for beneficial community outcome and bring certainty to the future of the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.
After careful consideration of the original process and proposals, we determined it was prudent to begin a new RFP process.
Our environment has changed since the original RFP was issued in July of 2020, including a pandemic that changed the way we work and affected the potential need for office space; rising housing prices and rental rates; the need for intentional equity and equitable development as highlighted by the city’s Disparity Study and Structural Racism report; and the need to embrace the Community Benefits model City Council adopted last year.
Further, the commitment to jobs and economic opportunity, promises made to the Gas Plant community more than three decades ago, must be honored in impactful ways. Honoring the community’s sacrifices, and bringing equitable development for all of St. Petersburg is our goal. We must get this right.
I am optimistic we have chosen the right path — one that will bring jobs, equitable and diverse business opportunities, meet our need for housing, meeting space and innovative economic drivers, and support a state-of-the-art home for the Rays for decades to come.
Progress is earned, and the quickest path is often not the best. Our chosen path will require our continued partnership, and will guide us to our goal of inclusive progress and equitable development of this sacred land.
2022 Request For Proposals Process
After careful consideration, we determined the RFP resulting in a developer recommendation in late 2021 was outdated and did not adequately reflect current economic conditions, new workforce trends or comprehensive city needs.
A new RFP is being issued to ensure proposals reflect current needs regarding affordable housing, recreation, hotel and convention space, jobs, community impact and placemaking, among other considerations.
We expect to launch the new RFP in August, with responses due by the end of October. We expect Mayor Ken Welch to select a preferred developer by end of year with a term sheet completed in Spring or early Summer and a development agreement submitted to City Council for approval in the Fall.
The city will host a series of community outreach events to solicit public input on development priorities and concerns.
All meetings will be held from 5:30 to 7:30pm on the following dates:
- Tuesday, July 12 at the Foundation for a Healthy St. Pete, located in the Lakeview Shopping Center at 2333 34th St. South
- Tuesday, July 19 at the St. Petersburg College-Gibbs campus at 6605 5th Ave. North
- Thursday, July 28 at USF St. Pete at 140 7th Ave. South
Register Here A Video Message from Mayor Ken Welch
We will also be accepting online comments for the duration of the RFP and developer selection process. Please use the following link to provide input and/or sign up to receive updates on the community engagement process and opportunities.
An aggressive timeline has been established to ensure the process continues expediently.
The timeline anticipates:
- August 2022: RFP is released
- Mid-August 2022: Pre-proposal development meeting with prospective developers
- November 2022: Community outreach and internal review
- December 2022: Strengths and weaknesses presented to Mayor Welch
- Before end of 2022: Mayor Welch selects recommended developer
- May 2023: Term sheet completed with preferred developer
- September/October 2023: Development agreement presented to City Council for approval.