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Business Observer Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021 1 week ago

Developer adds contractors to bolster its bid at Tropicana Field

Contracting firms Power Design and Moss and Kast Construction — typically competitors — will combine forces on behalf of St. Petersburg proposal.

Unicorp National Developments has added a trio of high-profile contractors to its potential Tropicana Field redevelopment team in an effort to bolster its chances to land the coveted 86-acre project in St. Petersburg.

The Orlando-based Unicorp added Power Design, Moss and Kast Construction to provide local insight to its bid to revamp the city-owned property, which is now anchored by the domed stadium that is home to Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays.

Though Moss and Kast typically compete against each other, they intend to combine forces as the general contractor for Petersburg Park, which is Unicorp’s nature- and arts-centric plan for the property.

To that end, Unicorp also has added a trio of “local experts” to its team: Educator Dr. Craig Huegel, former Roser Park Homeowners Association President Ronald Motyka and Jay Adams, a former DeBartolo Development executive who also founded Structure Development.

Power Design of St. Petersburg is among the area’s largest employers, specializing in mechanical, electrical and plumbing work.

Moss has constructed in excess of five million square feet in Tampa Bay since 2013. Its projects include the Icon Central apartments in St. Petersburg; Water Street Tampa in downtown Tampa; and the Ritz-Carlton Residences, in Sarasota.

Kast Construction, previously a subsidiary of developer The Kolter Group, has built the 41-story One St. Petersburg and is now constructing the Saltaire condominium tower, both in St. Petersburg.

Unicorp’s team also includes Feldman Equities LLC, Pinnacle Communities, Kimley-Horn, Zyscovich Architects, commercial real estate brokerage Colliers and Sarasota-based design firm Imerza.

In all, Unicorp has led the development of over $2.5 billion in projects in 11 states.





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