43-Acre Mixed Use Development Takes Shape in Tampa Heights


The Heights continues to make major waves in the Tampa business scene. When it was first announced, the concept promised to bring condos, a hotel, multiple event venues, a co-working space and a large foodie market to Tampa Heights. Plans also revealed that The Heights Concept would extend the Tampa Riverwalk and activate the waterfront with a bocce ball court.

43-acres of food and retail inspiration

Spanning 43-acres along the Hillsborough River between North Boulevard and North Tampa Street, this concept is sure to be a prominent economic booster in Tampa. The entire development is centered around Armature Works, a 73,344 SF building that will house a market with local food vendors. The building will also be home to the co-work space on the second floor.

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The inspired culinary concepts have led to the creation of a rooftop herb and vegetable garden. Here, the chefs and restaurateurs will be able to hand pick the ingredients at their restaurant. As the concept develops, The Heights plans to add an even larger vegetable garden to accommodate the litany of food concepts.

Currently, the Heights Market is set to feature Ichicoro Ramen, Commune and Coffee Co., Fine and Dandy (a cocktail emporium), and BnB (Butcher and BBQ). That’s not even scratching the surface.

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Cocktails, fashion, and old school delights abound at Heights Public Market

The Heights Public Market will feature an open floor plan with communal seating surrounded by restaurant stalls featuring the top chefs in the Tampa Bay region. Restaurant and retail concepts include:

Of course, this list doesn’t even begin to describe what you’ll find at The Heights. In addition to extended the Tampa Riverwalk, this project will be the home of Urban Kai’s third location in Tampa Bay! Get on your SUP board and paddle the extent of the Riverwalk and earn your brews and foodie delicacies.

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Bay3 Co-Work Space offers scenic views and networking opportunities

Bay3 will offer a collaborative hub where innovative thinkers can form partnerships with one another. The space will feature open desks and lounge areas, private offices and meeting rooms, private phone booths, notary public on site, member honor bar, conference rooms with catering available, private lockers with mail service option and members-only events. The fact that it looks over the Hillsborough River only adds to its allure.

The space will also be replete with audio-visual equipment. Bay3 is not currently accepting applications for membership; however, interested parties can email info@armatureworks.com to be alerted as soon as they begin the application process.

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Concept maintains Armature Works historic integrity 

The 73,000 SF Armature Works building was once the storage and maintenance facility for Tampa’s iconic streetcars. Inside the mammoth crane that was used to hoist up the streetcars still looms overhead. Natural light fills the Heights Market area through meticulously designed skylights.

While many parts of Tampa history will remain intact, a contemporary signature will also be left on the facility. Beau Stanton, a renowned artist/muralist who has left his mark on Berlin, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles and Denmark, will add a mural inside the Steelbach Ranch space this summer.

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Multiple event spaces for weddings/parties 

Armature Works will also house two event spaces. A.W. Gathering will be capable of seating up to 800 guests in over 10,000 SF of space.

This multi-functional area will feature modern amenities such as state-of-the-art audiovisual and lighting systems while keeping the historic characteristics of its exposed brick walls, hardwood floors repurposed from the original roof, and 35-foot ceilings.

The smaller event space can accommodate 200 guests and will feature the same amenities available at A.W. Gathering.

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The Pearl rises to new heights 

Beyond food and drink, The Heights concept aims to add more living space to the flourishing Tampa area. The Pearl, a rental unit complex, is currently under construction and will feature 314 residential units with 28,000 SF of retail space on the ground floor.

Pearl residents will be able to enjoy immediate access to the Tampa Riverwalk, which offers easy pedestrian routes to Curtis Hixon Park, the Convention Center, Amalie Arena and Bayshore Boulevard. The first phase of The Pearl should be open by the fall of this year. You can visit the concept’s website for updates.

Follow Armature Works on Facebook and Instagram for updates on the latest additions to the concept.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of ThatsSoTampa.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape.” He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. Phone: (727) 896-3435 / Email: andrew@rkc.me