Florida- The city of Port St. Lucie is developing a new master plan for the city-owned Tradition Center of Commerce. Experts are examining how the 1,161-acre Tradition Jobs Corridor along Interstate 95 can thrive. This process will involve looking at the existing 6-year-old development plans. The original plan for this area was a 3.7 million-square-foot mall, but with online shopping on the rise, this idea is being called an archaic vision.
The city community redevelopment director envisions a new plan, with an emphasis on small scale retail shopping with a boutique-like feel. The city is also seeking a private partner to develop a recreational complex in the Tradition Jobs Corridor. Officials are slated to make a recommendation regarding other plans to develop 4.5 million square feet of industrial space, 2.5 million square feet of research-and-office space and another 2.4 million square feet of office space in the area in order to achieve the best value.
California– The Port of San Francisco is seeking developers for redevelopment of 13 of the city’s historic piers and the Agriculture building adjacent to the Ferry Building. Proposed concepts are expected to align with the priorities outlined in the city waterfront land use plan, which include: arts and culture, assembly and entertainment, education, food and beverage, maritime (excursion and leisure), museums, recreation and specialty retail. All plans should highlight the historic waterfront’s potential to deliver an outstanding patron experience.
Responses to the request for information
are due at the end of October, and a request for proposals is expected in early 2019. Successful public-private partnerships have resulted in the rehabilitation of the Exploratorium at Pier 15 and bulkhead buildings at Piers 1½, 3 and 5. These restored facilities add to attractions at the waterfront, alongside Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. Over 24 million people a year visit the waterfront.
Washington State– The Port of Kalama has issued a request for interest (RFI) from developers for a 5-acre parcel of land located near the old Kalama fairgrounds. The site, that is part of the Spencer Creek Business Park, could potentially feature a range of retail or commercial services, including a fuel station, hotel, restaurants and coffee shops. The parcel’s development is expected to set the tone for the business park’s remaining 65 acres. The RFI is expected to result in the selection of a development team for an exclusive negotiating period.
The port has considered developing its property east of Interstate 5 for more than a decade – slowly purchasing nearby land and conducting economic feasibility studies. The port will also seek bids in the spring for a $5 million road project that will add a new roundabout at the intersection of Kalama River Road and Highway 99. Street improvements for the area between Haydu Park and Meeker Drive are under design, as well. The port also plans to relocate and install utilities to support the site’s development. Responses for the RFI are due at the end of this month.
South Carolina- The $762 million Leatherman Terminal will shift from the planning phase to construction in 2020, but the State Ports Authority has already put in an order for new ship-to-shore cranes for the North Charleston maritime hub. While plans for the terminal are already underway, contracts for the wharf, container yard and other facilities are expected to be awarded next spring. While the cranes from the terminal are built, the design plans are still being finalized and should be completed by the end of the year.
The first phase of the terminal is expected to be completed in the next three years; however, the full design will take the next decade to complete. Once completed, the terminal will include 13 dockside cranes, 202 acres of storage space and more than 3,500 feet of continuous berth. Overall the facility is expected to handle up to 1.4 million cargo boxes each year. In addition to facility construction, plans for the terminal also include building a four-lane road to connect the area to Interstate-26 and the construction of a $130 million rail yard.