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Old July 23rd, 2007, 03:43 PM   #1
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TAMPA | SouthGate | 20 stories | 450,000 sq. ft. office | APR

450,000 square feet of offices seekto tap current market demand downtown

TAMPA -- The city's first new downtown office building in nearly two decades is expected to open by 2010 on a Channel District site that was planned for residential condominium development just two years ago.

Trammell Crow Co., the development arm of CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., intends to break ground next spring on the 20-story, green-glass structure -- to be called Prime Meridian Center -- on the northwest corner of Meridian Avenue and Channelside Drive.

http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/...23/story1.html

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Old July 23rd, 2007, 03:51 PM   #2
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There is a rendering on the cover of the Biz Journal - if anyone wants to get it, scan and post it
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 03:55 PM   #3
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I really think the building should be higher than 20 stories in that location...
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 04:06 PM   #4
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The O2 site... A midrise tower in the channel area, nice...

Michael -- I don't think you could get more height in that location with thanks to the Harbour Island residents complaining about not being able to get off the island. Remember density is what killed Downtown Channelside/Blu and basically was located at the southeast corner of that intersection.
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 04:51 PM   #5
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I'm alright with a 20 story tower for that sight as long as it is dense enough of a site layout and we eventually get taller (600'+) towers farther North on Meridian.
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Here is the image of the tower:

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Old July 23rd, 2007, 05:28 PM   #7
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I read about this friday, but forgot to post about it this weekend... I'm very glad to see some jobs FINALLY being created downtown, but the site plan is weak imo. This isn't some suburban office tower, this is going downtown. Hopefully the city will not allow so much prime DT land to be wasted on such a relatively small project.
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 05:37 PM   #8
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Kind of boxy and plain looking. Might of looked better as a 30-40 story tower.
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 05:47 PM   #9
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Kind of boxy and plain looking. Might of looked better as a 30-40 story tower.
Like I said above though, FF, you probably wouldn't get approval (or would be fought) if you tried to get a larger building on that location.

Regardless of the tower and the tower size, if this gets built the winner isn't the tennants and what not. It's Newks next door. Finally they will have a steady flow of customers all day instead of just around events at the Forum.
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I'm hoping this gets built...but with at least 35 stories. I agree with Jason, that we shouldn't let them waste a valuable spot on a project like this.
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 05:57 PM   #11
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I'm just glad to see something built there. We need to start filling in the space between downtown and Channelside. I don't think it looks that bad either.
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 06:15 PM   #12
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Well with a 20 story tower there is only but so imaginable you can get with a design I suppose. Not just because of its size but because of the decreased $$$ involved.
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Even at 20 stories, it might be a 300-footer.
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 09:27 PM   #14
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well thats good we want downtown to be built out this is a good filler project.
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 09:46 PM   #15
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Even at 20 stories, it might be a 300-footer.
Most office buildings don't have 15 foot ceilings.
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260-300 - that's ok.

My biggest problem is with the parking garage. It seems more logical to put it under the main part of the building and save the space, but, given that the city wants "point towers" they might like it this way. IF we are stuck with it that way, I only hope they force retail on the graound floor with covered sidewalks.
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I'm hoping this gets built...but with at least 35 stories. I agree with Jason, that we shouldn't let them waste a valuable spot on a project like this.
Note that I'm not referring to height, but overall site density.

The FAA won't allow anything over like 275ft (or some very similar number) on that site... But to me, that doesn't mean allowing a myopic developer to come in a and drop a cheap box and prefab parking structure on the site. I would rather the site sit vacant until someone willing to develop the property to its maximum potential comes along.
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260-300 - that's ok.

My biggest problem is with the parking garage. It seems more logical to put it under the main part of the building and save the space, but, given that the city wants "point towers" they might like it this way. IF we are stuck with it that way, I only hope they force retail on the graound floor with covered sidewalks.
I was thinking the same thing about this. 02 if I recall, had about 5 acres. If the whole garage was under it, it might make space for another buiding. On a key note though...Now we have another garage for parking during Hockey games.
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^ Agreed. I also do not like the parking stuck behind the building. Why not build something nice looking on top of the garage too.
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 11:56 PM   #20
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I'm kind of surprised there isn't a second office/hotel tower on top of the parking garage.

Anyway, just for clarification, is this project taking up the whole former O2 site or just the corner of Meridian and Channelside? Or does anybody know?

Having an office tower in Channelside is nice, but I would've rather had a 400'+ over by Franklin Street or in Northern Channelside around the Finergy site.
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