The cultural district shown on the attached map was designated in the late 1980s and presently contains the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Public Library, Tampa Museum of Art, three parking garages, parks and open space, and a major office building. Because the district is located in the central business district and at the gateway to the downtown, the study area for this project extends well beyond the actual district boundaries (see annotated aerial photo).
The cultural district is very active and individual venues are successful. However, the cultural facilities are not optimally utilized (e.g. parking is inadequate, the parks are not configured well for large-scale events, there is no connectivity between/among the buildings or parks). Additionally, some operations have outgrown their space and some facilities will need substantial capital expenditures in the near future.
The Tampa Bay History Center and the Tampa Museum of Art are each presently developing plans for new facilities to be located within the cultural district. The History Center is operated under the auspices of Hillsborough County. The City of Tampa owns the Museum of Art (as well as most of the parking and parks in the district). Similarly, the Performing Arts Center is conducting its own assessment of space needs as are several smaller arts groups (e.g. Hillsborough County Arts Council, Stageworks).
Tampa Mayor Dick Greco has enthusiastically embraced the development of a coordinated cultural district and is committed to making substantial progress on this project in the next three years.
A committee of interested parties who are dedicated to the successful completion of this plan has been formed and at present includes representatives from: City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Tampa-Hillsborough County Library, Tampa Bay History Center, Hillsborough County Planning Commission, TECO Properties Corp., Frank E. Duckwall Foundation, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa Downtown Partnership, and Equitable Life Assurance Company.
With the input and concurrence of the above group, the City of Tampa has formally advertised and posted the attached notice.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT IN COMPLIANCE WITH REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER F287.055, LAWS OF FLORIDA, CONSULTANTS COMPETITIVE NEGOTIATION ACT, AS AMENDED, AND THE CITY OF TAMPAS WOMEN/MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM
RFQ Cultural Arts District Master Plan: The City of Tampa desires to obtain professional design service for the master planning of a large scale cultural arts district in the central business district. The district will include a new art museum, new history museum, reconfigured open space/park features, parking, existing public library, and existing performing arts center complex. A comprehensive study and resulting plan will be utilized to initiate both short and long-range improvements. In addition to specific cultural arts activities, the scope of the plan is expected to include parking; open space; transportation; adjacent and/or integrated commercial; housing development; and pedestrian linkages. There is significant public and private sector commitment to the effective and timely planning of this important district. An implementation strategy will be a key required element in the final district plan.
Questions may be directed to Jim Greiner, P.E., Contract Administration, Department of Public Works, 4th Floor North, 306 E. Jackson Street, Tampa, Florida 33602. Telephone Number (813) 274-8598; fax (813) 274-8080.
Firms desiring to provide these professional services to the City must submit TWO SETS of the following:
NO LATER THAN 2 p.m., Wednesday March 1, 2000.