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Old June 1st, 2013, 03:44 PM   #21
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Plan revived for tower at Bayshore, Bay to Bay

By Michael Sasso | Tribune Staff
Published: June 1, 2013
TAMPA - One of South Tampa’s prime corners, a popular parking spot for joggers at Bayshore and Bay to Bay boulevards, will house a luxury condominium tower if a developer’s plans come together.

Bill Robinson of Citivest Construction tried to develop the tower in 2008 but shelved the project amid the real estate crash. Now, he’s once again marketing a 15-story tower with high-end real estate broker Toni Everett and expects to begin recruiting buyers for presales shortly, Robinson said Friday.

Whether the team can sign up enough potential buyers, at more than a half-million dollars a unit, will determine if he can close on his financing and make or break the project.

Relatively few developers are planning condominiums nowadays because the momentum has shifted to high-end apartment towers and complexes. However, Robinson said the project’s desirable address will drive demand.

“There’s no real multifamily property available on Bayshore,” he said.

The corner at Bayshore and Bay to Bay is the de facto parking lot for joggers, inline skaters and the Bayshore Patriots, a group of residents who cheer on the military. However, users of the dirt lot have known for years that it eventually would be put to a more profitable use.

Bill Hamblin, president and co-founder of the Bayshore Patriots, said he doesn’t expect the new condominium will have much effect on the Patriots. Businesses and organizations nearby probably will let the group’s members park vehicles in their lots once a week. A flagpole and a commemorative sign marking the area as Patriots Corner sit on city property.

“It’s inevitable,” Hamblin said about the development. “We’re not really going to worry about it.”

Everett said the proposed tower will have 32 units, floor plans from 2,600 to 3,500 square feet and floor-to-ceiling glass offering views of downtown and Tampa Bay. Prices will be “north of a half-million, easily,” Robinson said.

He said he has the site approvals he needs from the city.

Robinson is a veteran condo developer who built The Stovall, another Bayshore Boulevard tower, in the late 1990s, a few blocks south of his planned tower. In 2004, he proposed a third condo tower at Bayshore and DeSoto Avenue but faced opposition from the city’s Architectural Review Commission.

That commission found its proposed 24 stories out of character with the surrounding Hyde Park Historic District. When the city rejected his plan for that condo, he began a long court battle against Tampa. The city finally settled with Robinson for $3.75 million last year, but denied any liability in the case.

Robinson said Friday he doesn’t expect his litigation with the city to hurt his chances for his new project at Bayshore and Bay to Bay.

http://www2.tbo.com/news/business/pl...ay-b82498201z1
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Old June 1st, 2013, 04:44 PM   #22
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Robinson said Friday he doesn’t expect his litigation with the city to hurt his chances for his new project at Bayshore and Bay to Bay.
Especially considering he was right all along. It was the city council who screwed up and cost taxpayers millions.
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Old June 1st, 2013, 10:04 PM   #23
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They are going to have to make it irresistible to sell this. We shall see if there is really a market for this going forward. If it's the same building they showed in the trib then just picture a glass wall that's roundish in the middle.
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 12:55 AM   #24
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Since this has already been approved by the City, I assume there are renderings floating around somewhere. Did a quick search but can't find anything yet....
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 04:52 PM   #25
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They are going to have to make it irresistible to sell this. We shall see if there is really a market for this going forward. If it's the same building they showed in the trib then just picture a glass wall that's roundish in the middle.
Why? There aren't any other competing buildings. All the other proposed structures recently have been rentals.
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 05:34 PM   #26
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^And we're talking about a whopping 32 units. I'll be pretty surprised if it doesn't generate enough presales to get built.
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 06:24 PM   #27
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If it's the same building they showed in the trib then just picture a glass wall that's roundish in the middle.
Is the rendering in yesterday's Trib?
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 12:21 AM   #28
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Why? There aren't any other competing buildings. All the other proposed structures recently have been rentals.
Are you talking about Bayshore or the downtown/Channelside/HydePark/Harbor Island market as well? Is there a lot of units along Bayshore for rent?
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Is the rendering in yesterday's Trib?
I've seen in tbo once and once in that old thing from the dark ages called a Sunday newspaper (LOL)
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 02:25 AM   #30
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I was planning on taking a screengrab of the rendering, but it's been gone for a week or two now. I have searched high and low for it, to no avail, even on their website.

Anyways, as Del Meyberry stated, it's basically a glass tower in like a cylindric shape, with an architectural flare in the middle. What it reminded me of, was the Beer Can building, but with all glass and more flare and a more square base and top.

I'll keep an eye out for the rendering.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 03:31 PM   #31
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ask Toni.
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^I didn't see it on her site yesterday either.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 12:47 AM   #33
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Drove by the site today and saw a new sign with a rendering of the proposed tower. Still nothing on the realtor's website though. Looks cool, all glass. Unlike anything else on Bayshore for sure. Will take a pic next time I go by.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 01:06 AM   #34
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Found a rendering:

http://tampahydepark.evusa.com/prope...l-33629_619040
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Old June 10th, 2013, 01:48 AM   #35
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Yeah that listing is for the lot, they're just including the render to help sell it.
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So post it


Strange amount of grass around the building
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Well then, no way shutter those windows during a storm.
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Well then, no way shutter those windows during a storm.
I don't think that's what the building will look like. No balconies either.
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Yes, it looks like an office tower. It will def need balconies to sell it.
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This is now scheduled for rezoning in October.
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