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City Seeks Proposals for Retail Concepts at Convention Center, Curtis Hixon Park

Curtis Hixon Park has blossomed into an events magnolia. The College Football Playoffs, Gasparilla Music Fest, Rock the Park and Riverfest have revealed the untapped potential of the waterfront park. On May 8, the City of Tampa and the Community Redevelopment Agency put out a request for submission of proposals for the lease of a 2,600 sq. ft. retail space in the building facing the great lawn on Ashley Drive.



2,600 sf retail space available at Curtis Hixon Park

The City’s intent is to bring additional dining options to visitors of Curtis Hixon Park and the Tampa Riverwalk. From the City’s website:

Responsive proposals will demonstrate, (1) successful experience in the restaurant industry (2) a use for the space that is complementary to the activities in the park and (3) satisfactory financial references. Proposals shall address planning, design, financing, construction and project implementation.

The space is being leased as-is with no tenant improvement allowance. Rent abatement is a possibility to offset the investment in the space. Proposals are due by 4pm on June 12 to the City of Tampa Purchasing Department, 306 East Jackson Street, 2E. You can find a full RFP document/application online.



10,000 sf space for lease at Convention Center

The Tampa Convention Center plays host to roughly 600,000 visitors annually. Bob Buckhorn and other members of the City of Tampa government and Redevelopment Agency want to expand their retail/dining options during their visit.

Located at 221-225 South Franklin Street in the Convention Center, the winning proposal would join Datz — poised to open along the Riverwalk in the Convention Center — and Big Ray’s Fish Camp, which will open at the Sail waterfront bar.


Similar to the Curtis Hixon development, the City will not offer a tenant improvement allowance. “Proposals shall address planning, design, financing, construction and project implementation,” notes The City in their RFP.

Proposals are due by 4pm on June 9 to the City of Tampa Purchasing Department, 306 East Jackson Street, 2E. View the full RFP online.


What dining/retail options would you like to see at Curtis Hixon Park and the Tampa Convention Center? Let us know in a comment! 


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