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Groundbreaking for 50-acre Gas Worx development in Ybor City set for March

Rendering of a new skyline in Ybor City. Tall glass buildings can be seen in the distance.
Rendering via KETTLER

Gas Worx is one of the biggest development stories in Tampa. An official groundbreaking for the 50-acre Ybor City development will be held on March 6.  Speakers at the event will include Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, the founder and CEO of KETTLER Bob Kettler, and others. Gas Worx is a joint venture between Darryl Shaw and KETTLER. 

“The positive response Gas Worx has had from the Ybor City neighborhood and community leadership has been astounding,” Shaw said. “This first phase embodies a central goal of Gas Worx – to bring more people to live and work in Ybor – and I am excited to see the progress get underway.” 

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Located between the Ybor Historic District and Channel District, once complete Gas Worx will include nearly 5,000 new residences, over 500,000 square feet of office space, and more than 140,000 square feet of new retail. 

Rendering of a downtown area with a boardwalk, greenery and brick buildings.
Rendering via Kettler

Gas Worx will include affordable housing and 500,000-square-feet of office space

“We are excited to continue moving forward with a development that will not only compliment and honor Ybor City’s character and rich history, but also help to connect the surrounding neighborhoods,” said KETTLER Senior Vice President Graham Tyrrell. “When completed, Gas Worx will be one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Tampa, with priority given to pedestrians and bike traffic while adding needed greenspace in the city’s urban core.”  

The first 317-unit apartment development within Gas Worx is scheduled to deliver in 2024. Developers have described Gas Worx as a “transit-oriented community.” This is due to their heightened focus on fixing infrastructure, adding new multi-use trails, and even creating a new stop for the TECO Streetcar. 

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Gas Worx will include nearly 2 miles of new streets to enhance the Ybor street grid. Pedestrians will be able to enjoy 3.6 miles of new sidewalks, while runners, and cyclists can explore an additional 1.2 miles of trails. Current plans detail a community featuring nearly 5,000 new residences, and nearly 150,000-square-feet of retail development. Plans also call for uptown 500,000 square feet of office space. Developers are set to include 325 affordable housing units, as well.

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