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Seven developers bid on old St. Pete police headquarters

Margie Manning

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The old St. Petersburg Police Headquarters as seen from the window of the Chief of Police in the new headquarters across the street.

Seven companies responded to the City of St. Petersburg’s request for proposals to buy and redevelop the site of the city’s old police headquarters.

The city put the property up for bid earlier this year, a few months before opening a new $78.5 million 168,000-square-foot police headquarters at 1301 1st Ave. N.

The developers include Altis Cardinal, a south Florida firm headed by Frank Guerra that’s worked on several projects in and near the Historic Kenwood neighborhood, and Harrod Properties/Harrod Healthcare Real Estate, a Tampa company with commercial real estate developments throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Other bidders are:

  • 1301 Central Avenue LLC — John W. Stadler, Managing Member
  • Milhaus Development – Tadd Miller, CEO
  • Edge Central Development Partners – Jay Miller, J Square Developers
  • Midtown Real Estate 1 FLP – Daniel M. Harvey
  • Waverly Capital, LLC – Mihir Taneja, Member

Details of their proposals are expected to be released later.

The city issued an RFP for the project in January, with bids due by 10 a.m. Friday morning.

The property up for bid at 1300 1st Ave. N. includes 90,112 square feet of land and an 84,800-square-foot building. It is valued at $6.6 million, according to the RFP. It lies within the rapidly revitalizing Edge District in the western part of downtown and is one block away from Tropicana Field, itself slated for a mixed-use redevelopment with or without a baseball stadium.

Preferred proposals for the old police site included mixed-use development with retail, office, mixed-income housing and possibly a hotel, along with rooftop activities or amenities and office space for the Edge District nonprofit organization.

All qualified proposals will be presented to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman for consideration, and he will make a recommendation to the City Council.

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