ST. PETERSBURG — More than a dozen consultants want a chance to help the city redevelop Tropicana Field — with or without the Tampa Bay Rays.
By Friday afternoon, 15 consultants from cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, and closer to home, from Orlando, Tampa and St. Petersburg, had responded to a request for qualifications from firms interested in developing a master plan for the 85-acre property.
The firm that gets the job will participate in what city officials say will be a "once in a generation chance to create new opportunities for growth and economic development."
Mayor Rick Kriseman released a statement reflecting on the response. St. Petersburg is recognized nationally and internationally "as a place where creative, innovative people want to live, work and play," he said. "That is reflected in the responses we received today."
What does the city want to replace the Trop?
An innovative and technology-based employment center "could be considered a high priority," the city's request for proposals states. Officials also are looking for an urban mixed-use development that would include offices, research and development, retail, and community and cultural spaces. A hotel with conference space also is desired.
The selected consultant will have to work with two options. One will consider the Rays relocating to a new facility on the Tropicana Field site, and the other will plan for the team moving to another location.
Vying for the job are:
• HR & A Advisors of New York.
• Callison RTKL, Los Angeles.
• Gensler, Tampa, and VHB, Orlando.
• RM Plus Design & Development LLC, Orlando.
• MEIS Architects, New York.
• Community Solutions Group, Orlando.
• Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Tampa.
• Renker Eich Parks Architects Inc., St. Petersburg.
• Littlejohn Engineering Associates Inc., Orlando.
• Madison Marquette, RGA Planning & Design LLC, EDSA Planning, Tampa.
• Kevin Sloan Studio LLC, Dallas, and WDG Architecture, Dallas.
• T.Y. Lin International, Temple Terrace.
• Torti Gallas and Partners Inc. Silver Spring, Md.
• HKS Architects Inc., Tampa and New York.
• Raymond Clark, Bradenton.
The list of potential subcontractors includes familiar ones such as Rogers Partners Architects and Urban Designers of New York and ASD of Tampa, the two firms that are designing the city's new pier.
A selection committee will review and rank the proposals. The City Council is expected to approve a contract with the top-ranked consultant in June or July.
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