City of St. Pete releases Historic Gas Plant District RFP – City of St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg, FL – The City of St. Petersburg is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of the portion of the Historic Gas Plant site currently home to Tropicana Field and affiliated parking totaling approximately 86-acres. 

The RFP calls for additional emphasis on equitable redevelopment, a 17.3-acre carve out for a baseball stadium, specific requirements for affordable and workforce housing and new details that respond to current economic and societal conditions and community sentiment. 

“This is an historic opportunity for our city to utilize a generational redevelopment opportunity to ensure equitable opportunity for all residents, visitors, businesses and stakeholders,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Kenneth T. Welch. “With this new RFP we are calling for a significant emphasis on affordable and workforce housing; arts and culture; research, innovation, and education; recreation; open space, healthy and sustainable development; and intentional equity. We look forward to receiving and reviewing proposals as we prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” 

Nearly forty years ago, members of the Historic Gas Plant community were displaced by the ultimately successful pursuit of Major League Baseball and eventual construction of what is now Tropicana Field. While the move brought our city the Tampa Bay Rays, then known as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, residents and businesses were forced to relocate with the promise of jobs, opportunity and equitable development which did not materialize.  

With this RFP, our city now has the opportunity to fulfill those unrealized promises and bring to St. Petersburg new attainable housing, equitable business opportunities, office space, meeting space, open space and overall equitable and impactful economic development that benefits all. 

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic impacts, our city has experienced:  

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