Watch: Ahead Of Tropicana Field Public Hearings, Developers Explain Their Plans
The four finalists showed off everything from community connections to detailed timelines in their last pitches to the city.
The four development teams still in the running to realize their visions for the Tropicana Field site in St. Petersburg released another element in their proposals this week.
When the short list was cut from seven to four earlier this month, the city of St. Petersburg asked the remaining development teams to submit five-minute video pitches to be used in the public comment phase of Mayor Rick Kriseman’s decision process.
On March 23, the city announced new opportunities for residents to voice their opinions on the site redevelopment starting on April 5.
The videos offer a fuller understanding of the proposals with a variety of outlooks in each one — from testimonials from local leaders to a breakdown of a timeline of the proposed redevelopment.
(See The Proposal)
Rev. Watson Hayes, president and CEO of the Pinellas County League, narrated Midterm Development’s video. Hayes praised the Miami-based developer for bringing his group in as a partner on the project and discussed his personal story of growing up on the Tropicana Field site.
“I have a vested interest in terms of what’s going to happen at Tropicana Field, so to be involved in this project is about more than just me. It’s an entire family. It is an entire community that I lived with and that I had to give up in order for Tropicana to happen,” Hayes said. “Midtown proved to have the commitment and genuine concern for the project, and so we formed a partnership to bring our shared vision to reality.”
The project focuses on creating space to foster entrepreneurship and job growth and will include intersecting greenways to connect the city.
Portman Holdings/Third Lake
(See The Proposal)
Local investment group Third Lake Partners and Atlanta developers Portman Holdings and Portman Residential broke down their timeline for redevelopment with a focus on allowing for flexibility with regard to the future of the stadium. The video also touched on the black community that was displaced to create the space for the site and their efforts to work with local communities. The plan features the incorporation of an urban grid to reconnect areas of St. Pete that were disconnected by the original site. Ken Jones, CEO of Third Lake Partners, emphasized his investment group’s local ties.
“It is not just about developing another piece of property. We’ve got great partners, and we are here for the long haul.” Jones said. “It represents an opportunity for us as citizens, not only developers, to really do something for the communities.