On February 19, 2019, the City of Tampa, Florida released an RFP for the City’s property as part of the West River Redevelopment Project.
“Three years in the making, these parcels are a blank canvas and will be transformative for the west side of the River,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Completing the ongoing redevelopment of the former public housing site, the developers will be able to provide mixed use, residential, office and or hospitality and retail development on the sites but they will do so in a neighborhood that has provided Tampa with its diversity and rich history for decades. I have no doubt, that when completed this will be a destination for those flocking to Tampa to enjoy and for residents to treasure.”
The City of Tampa and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Tampa, (collectively the “City”) hereby give notice pursuant to Part III, Chapter 163, Florida Statutes, of their request for submission of proposals from qualified and experienced applicants for the acquisition (purchase) of approximately eighteen (18) acres of land located immediately west of the Hillsborough River, south of Columbus Drive and north of Spruce Street in Tampa, Florida. The site is located in Census Tract 12057004300 which is designated a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
The property is potentially eligible for Brownfield Tax Credits. The land is located in the West Tampa CRA and is immediately adjacent to a 44 acre redevelopment area known as West River. West River is a joint venture partnership of the Tampa Housing Authority and the Related Group of Florida. Collectively, that partnership is currently developing 676 mixed income residential units in 5 projects with a total investment exceeding $121 million. At buildout, West River is planned to contain 1600 housing units containing a mixture of approximately 50 % workforce and affordable housing and 50% market rate. The project plans includes hotels, retail and office space.
The City’s intent in the sale of the land is to encourage mixed use or residential or office and or hospitality and retail development on the site and to continue the redevelopment of the West Tampa CRA. Therefore, responsive proposals will demonstrate, (1) successful experience in the development of residential/office/retail/hospitality in urban areas, (2) architectural sensitivity to the proposed site, adjacent residential neighborhoods, buildings and activities, and (3) satisfactory financial references. Proposals shall address planning, design, financing, construction, timing, and project implementation. A workforce housing component is strongly encouraged.
Proposals are due no later than 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 to the City of Tampa Purchasing Department office, located at 306 E. Jackson St., Tampa, Florida 33605.
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