ST. PETERSBURG --
will not allow the Tampa Bay Rays to explore specific stadium sites away of the city, but that doesn’t prevent landowners from dreaming a bit.
real estate broker Rick Narkiewicz recently emailed Mayor Bill Foster with a novel idea to have the city become a stadium landlord in
, and Narkiewicz has just the site: 39 acres of industrial land he wants to sell east of
in an run-down industrial area.
, close to the Lee Roy Selmon, I-4 and
and can be had for $8 million. Maybe the city of
could chip in another $40 million to buy 100 or so contiguous acres for a massive mixed-use development, “creating a mini version of downtown just outside of Ybor,’’ Narkiewicz says.
Increased property and sales taxes in the blighted area could help finance stadium construction and
would collect a cut of concession money to compensate for losing the Rays.
would even provide a trolley system to carry fans between the stadium, the Pinellas beaches and downtown St. Pete, Narkiewicz suggests.
Foster says the Rays are doing just fine at the Trop, thank you, and he has no interest in a Hillsborough stadium. People do come up with imaginative ideas from time to time, he says, including one proposal to fill in the
and solve that pesky Pier problem with a new waterfront stadium.