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Pinellas County's Gateway offers Rays stadium options

The Jabil Circuit land, left, and La Entrada property, right, at the northwest corner of the Gandy Boulevard exit from Interstate 275 form one of the sites in the Gateway area of Pinellas County that could house a stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

The Jabil Circuit land, left, and La Entrada property, right, at the northwest corner of the Gandy Boulevard exit from Interstate 275 form one of the sites in the Gateway area of Pinellas County that could house a stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pros and cons of the potential stadium sites:

A. Airco Golf Course

Size: 99 acres

Advantages: Public land, central location

Disadvantages: Possible height restrictions. Probably would have to make lease payment toward airport operations. Traffic access problematic.

B. Carillon

Size: 60-80 acres of vacant land

Advantages: Central location with proven traffic patterns. Thousands of office parking spaces already in place.

Disadvantages: Costly land without any indication that owners and current occupants have any desire for stadium. Fragmented acreage.

C. Toytown

Size: 240 to 300 acres

Advantages: Possible free land. Current development plan envisions mixed-use town center development the Rays would like. Lots of office buildings for parking synergies. Seventy acres already designated for public recreation.

Disadvantages: Uncertainties over what, if anything, can be built on site. Complex permitting that could lead to costly delays. Uncertain traffic access.

D. County landfill expansion site

Size: 200 acres

Advantages: Big chunk of public land.

Disadvantages: In 15 to 20 years, will be dumping ground for ash from county incinerator. Without it, county might have to truck ash more than 100 miles to other landfill. Uncertain traffic access. Right next to the incinerator.

E & F. La Entrada/Jabil

Size: About 100 acres each for 200 acres combined.

Advantages: La Entrada already permitted and zoned for mixed-use development. Infrastructure already under way. Since properties abut, office parking and retail amenities on one could help support the other.

Disadvantages: Land cost. Limited traffic access at present. Uncertainty whether either land owner is interested in selling or participating in stadium project.

Pinellas County's Gateway offers Rays stadium options 07/01/08 [Last modified: Saturday, July 5, 2008 10:40pm]
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