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No Breakthroughs in the Search for a New Place to House the Tampa Bay Rays

Finding a new home for a major league baseball team isn't as easy as it used to be in Florida.
April 9, 2019, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Felix Mizioznikov

"Four months after the Tampa Bay Rays' search for a new home hit a dead end in Ybor City, a development partnership is pitching a new ballpark site to Tampa City Hall, where Mayor Bob Buckhorn has pronounced it dead on arrival," report Anastasia Dawson and Richard Danielson.

The lede of this article focuses on one particular development proposal, but the story about deciding where to build a stadium to replace the Rays' current home, Tropicana Field, will probably conclude in a different location.

The proposal in question would be built on 18 acres the city owns near the Hillsborough River. Mayor Buckhorn, however, says the proposal would overwhelm the existing neighborhood. The proposal includes two high-rise towers with more than 1,500 residential units.

While this proposal is considered a non-starter, several other proposals are on the table, including plans from developers Related Urban, Urban Progress Alliance, and Framework Group, each described briefly in the article.

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Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in Tampa Bay Times
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