St. Pete residents echo affordable housing concerns, city ownership for Trop site

More than 100 St. Petersburg residents joined Mayor Ken Welch for the second “Community Conversations” meeting to give their input on what they’d like to see included in development plans for the Historic Gas Plant District, which currently serves as the site of Tropicana Field.

The attendees echoed concerns expressed in the first gathering, like keeping development focused on residents — not investors or tourists — as well as prioritizing affordable housing.

Participants also shared some new priorities, like making the new site a place with green space and recreation. Residents suggested integrating Booker Creek into the design, and use it to

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