Officials break ground on massive Gas Worx development in Ybor City

Rendering of a large brick building with a red neon sign on top. Palm trees line the surrounding sidewalk.
Rendering via KETTLER

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor joined developer Darryl Shaw, the founder and CEO of KETTLER, Bob Kettler and dozens of other community leaders and elected officials this morning to mark the official groundbreaking of Gas Worx, a transformational 50-acre development in Ybor City. 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. 

“Today is a historic day for Ybor City. We needed the right partners with the right vision. Darryl Shaw and KETTLER are those partners and together we are bringing more housing, more jobs, and more vibrancy to this beloved neighborhood.” said Castor.


“Tampa is the most significant emerging market in Florida. We are honored to be a part of its story and find such incredible new partners here,” added Bob Kettler. “The roots of Ybor City are grounded in stories of people from diverse backgrounds who built the foundations we build on today. We are committed to protecting and enhancing Ybor’s unique character and honoring its cherished history.”

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

Gas Worx brings affordable housing to Ybor City

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.”

The first 317-unit apartment development within Gas Worx is scheduled to deliver in 2024.

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