Video Brings Water Street Tampa to Life


Water Street Tampa Illustration from Water Street Tampa on Vimeo

The vision for Water Street Tampa comes to brilliant life courtesy of a new animated video. More than $3 billion will be invested in this multi-phased urban development project that includes 9 million SF of commercial, residential, hospitality, educational, entertainment, cultural and retail space that will be built over a 10-year period.

The video reveals activated rooftops, courtesy of a district-wide cooling system, ample retail and office space, rooftop pools and a new educational center for the University of South Florida.

Team of acclaimed architects helps design district

SPP is bringing Water Street to life with the assistance of 10 award-winning architectural firms on the design of 18 distinct buildings and 12.9 acres of new and enhanced public space.

The neighborhood is surrounded by existing cultural entertainment and community anchors the Tampa Convention Center, Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay History Center, and the Florida Aquarium.

Water Street Tampa will include more than two million SF of office space, the first new office towers in downtown Tampa in nearly 25 years; one million SF of new retail, cultural, educational, and entertainment space that complements the pedestrian experience at the street level.

Major infrastructure improvements planned 

Water Street Tampa also includes over $200 million in new infrastructure, of which roadway and public utility work began in the summer of 2016.  A new central cooling facility will break ground in fall 2017.

There will also be 3,500 new rental and for sale residences and two new hotels with over 650 new rooms, including the city’s first 5-star hotel. SPP estimates that 23,000 people will live, work and play in Water Street Tampa daily.

Construction is expected to begin later this year. One acre in the new district was donated to USF, which will relocate the Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute downtown into a 380,000 SF world class facility. Its scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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