St. Pete selects NYC design firm HKS to plan Trop reboot
The water won it.
After a day of presentations by seven finalists, bidding for the right to redevelop the 85 prized acres of Tropicana Field, a seven-person city selection committee picked HKS Architects, Inc, a Dallas-based firm with its urban design operations in New York City to negotiate for a contract to craft a master plan.
Alan DeLisle, the city's development administrator, said he had never thought about the Trop being connected to the city's fabled waterfront.
"I thought that was visionary," DeLisle said.
HKS project manager Julie Hiromoto said the company was "super-excited" to win a competition that originally involved 15 firms, many of them global heavyweights.
She said focusing on linking the Trop with the water was a no-brainer.
"This area is all about water, " she said.
Next, the city will negotiate a contract with HKS, including how much it will cost. A similar plan for the downtown waterfront cost just under $500,000.
Then, the City Council will have to approve the contract. The city wants the master plan to be in two parts. By Sept. 30, the city wants a plan that includes a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. After that, HKS can focus on another plan that assumes the team, which has almost three years to look around the region for a new home, will leave the Trop.
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