For baseball fans in Tampa Bay and beyond, the big news Tuesday was the Rays reaching a deal with the city of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County to build a new $1.3 billion stadium on the site of Tropicana Field, with the team paying more than half.
But the stadium is only part of the entire 86-acre, $6.5 billion redevelopment of the Gas Plant District.
Over 20 years, the team and its development partner, global real estate investment firm Hines, aim to build out a mixed-use district that will surpass major regional developments like Water Street Tampa and Midtown Tampa in both acreage and cost.
Among the highlights: 6,000 residences, including 1,200 affordable and workforce units both on- and off-site; 1.4 million square feet of office space; 750,000 square feet of retail; a 750-room hotel and 100,000 square feet of conference space, and 14,000 parking spaces, starting with a garage to service Rays fans while the new stadium is being built. It’ll also include refurbished park space along Booker Creek, a concert or entertainment venue that can hold up to 4,000; and new space for the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.
Hines chairperson and co-CEO Jeff Hines said...