Crews just broke ground on the first project in what is expected to be a monumental wave of Ybor City redevelopment sparked by the 50-acre GasWorx district. Canvas GWX, a community of townhomes described as “industrial chic,” will be the first major construction project to begin just outside the GasWorx boundary.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor took part in the ceremony. The pioneering project shows that GasWorx is already serving as a catalyst for investment in Ybor, sparking more housing and businesses in neighboring areas, even though construction on GasWorx began just six months ago.
Major groundbreaking outside historic Ybor City
Canvas GWX’s townhouse units will be 2,100 to 2,400 square feet, with rooftop terraces and community green space. The industrial style architecture is influenced by the Ybor City warehouses and factories that have been converted into artist studios, lofts, and maker’s spaces. An existing commercial building on Nebraska Ave. is also being restored for future commercial use.
A joint venture between Shaw and KETTLER, Gas Worx is located between the Ybor Historic District and Channel District The development includes more than 300 units of affordable housing – the biggest private investment in affordable housing in the city’s history.
“The beauty of Ybor City is truly the people who call it home – engaged, passionate, and dedicated to this area. Today we celebrate each and every person who has left their mark here and I look forward to seeing more people call Ybor City home.” Shaw said. “Gas Worx will have a place for everyone.”
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