ST. PETERSBURG, Florida. – St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch has said he will choose the developer to remodel Tropicana Field by June 30 – but he has more probing questions for the two finalists first.
He made the announcement as he reflected on his first 100 days in office on Monday.
Earlier this month, along with City Council, Mayor Welch sent a letter asking 15 more questions from the Midtown Development Team. They launched 6,000 to 8,000 residential units, including 1,000 for working families, along with new offices, a hotel, retail, a larger reservation creek and areas for artists.
The Midtown team is what former mayor Rick Kriseman chose over developer Sugar Hill, which is similar but also includes a massive convention center.
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The mayor and council said they wanted to know more about how supply chain issues would affect their construction plans and whether changing demand for office space would impact their plans. Welch also wants to know more about how the developers plan to honor the Gas Plant community, made up of African Americans who were displaced during the Trop’s construction.
Mayor Welch was raised there.
“We understand the story of the gasworks and that it was a thriving community that was broken up and promises were made – so you have a different approach to how it should be developed,” Welch said. Monday.
The mayor said he continues to have conversations with the Tampa Bay Rays — about where they would build a new ballpark for the team when their lease expires in 2027.