This week, 83 Degree Media featured a story about plans to reimagine and redevelop the Tropicana Field site, home to the Tampa Bay Rays. We must confess that we had not seen the finished plan. So when we called up the drawings and graphics, we were blown away by the vision for the area. Some of the highlights include:
- Moving the Rays stadium closer to the downtown core (north and east, closer to MLK Street than 16th Street).
- Creating a signature bridge linking the Campbell Park neighborhood to the Trop district.
- Cleaning up Brooker Creek, which flows through the property, and making it a usable waterway to be enjoyed by residents and visitors to the area (see photo).
- Building a retail and office district surrounding the stadium that would draw people day and night.
- Building affordable housing as well as retail along 16th Street, which would become sort of the Main Street of the district, with traffic calming features and a median.
- Finding ways to link the various downtown districts into a more cohesive whole while at the same time linking the Midtown and Deuces areas to downtown.
The graphics are super helpful in showing how a concerted effort could lead to an exciting new look and feel for the baseball stadium as well as the 86 acres surrounding it.