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Public gets chance to asses developers' plans

Residents get their opportunity today to weigh in on two redevelopment plans for the Jack Russell Stadium site in the North Greenwood neighborhood.

In February, city officials asked developers to submit proposals for the 16-plus acre site that until this year had been the spring home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

With the Phillies now at Bright House Networks Field off U.S. 19, the Jack Russell site became surplus, city officials said.

Three developers responded and offered their suggestions earlier this year. Now, two remain.

One proposal, submitted by a Miami-based housing group, includes a mix of apartments, townhomes, retail shops and a 3-acre park.

The second seeks to transform the stadium site into a 200,000-square-foot office park that would include St. Petersburg College classrooms.

City voters would need to approve either plan by referendum before construction can proceed.

Residents can review the proposals at the Main Library, North Greenwood Library and Economic Development Offices in City Hall.

For information, call the Economic Development Department at (727) 562-4056.

THE PROPOSALS

The Housing Trust Group of Florida wants to build 58 for-sale townhomes, 192 affordable apartments, 20,000 square feet of retail and office space, and a 3-acre park.

Grubb & Ellis and Biltmore Construction propose a 200,000-square-foot business park centered on manufacturing and technology-oriented businesses. It would also include St. Petersburg College classrooms.

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