The city of Tampa, Florida is calling on firms to submit development proposals for one of the most prime real estate lots in the downtown.
On July 22, 2016, the city released requests for proposals on the property just north of Jackson Street known as the City Hall Parking Lot.
“This is particularly exciting because this is the essentially the most prominent undeveloped parcel of land in the downtown area,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “The opportunities are endless and with the right vision and the ongoing transformation of Tampa’s downtown, this could be the new crown jewel of our skyline. Bring your best ideas and your most creative design and be a part of one of the most exciting real estate markets in the country.”
The RFP doesn’t specifically list criteria for development, however it does stipulate that plans must include at least two floors of parking with about 200 spaces that would be owned by the city of Tampa for use as pubic parking. The RFP states “additional public parking as part of the development is strongly encouraged.”
The City’s intent in the sale of the land is to encourage residential and or office and or hospitality and retail development on the site and to help stimulate the redevelopment of Downtown Tampa CRA. Therefore, responsive proposals will demonstrate, (1) successful experience in the development of residential/office/retail in downtown areas, (2) architectural sensitivity to the proposed site, adjacent buildings and activities, and (3) satisfactory financial references.
Proposals shall address planning, design, financing, construction and timing and project implementation. The City of Tampa will require that as part of the purchase price for the land that approximately 2 floors (approximately 200 spaces) of parking is developed for the ownership of the City of Tampa to be used as public parking. Additional public parking as part of the development is strongly encouraged.
The site will be any or a combination of residential, office, hospitality and retail space that will stimulate the redevelopment of the downtown community redevelopment area.
Proposals are due no later than 4:00 P.M. on Friday, September 9, 2016 to the City of Tampa Purchasing Department office, located at 306 E. Jackson St., Tampa, Florida 33602.
Photo of City Hall Parking Lot via Tampa.gov