Eight blueprint plans for the makeover of a 200-year-old former prison have been submitted to council planners.
The council will decide in July which schemes to consider further
Developers have submitted outline proposals for the Grade II-listed Old Gaol in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
The Vale of White Horse council, which put the site on the market earlier this year, will decide in July which schemes it will consider in greater detail.
Campaigners have called for access to the riverside gardens to be restored as part of any development of the site.
An advisory group of councillors will look in detail at each proposal before a recommendation as to which are to be taken on is put to the council's executive on 13 July.
Jerry Patterson, leader of the council, said: "The council has been very clear that it is looking for a quality development for this site which will enhance the town centre, make the best possible use of the waterside location and historic buildings while also offering the best overall value to the town's residents and visitors."
The council has told developers that any revamp must include access to the site through the ground floor of the Old Gaol to the riverside garden.
It has not been revealed which companies have submitted bids.
The gaol, which was built between 1805 and 1811 and housed inmates until 1868, has also been used as a granary and, from the 1970s until 2002, as a leisure centre.