This comment makes me think that the reporter made an error and it is still 7 stories because it refers to the site plan earlier this year and that site plan was 7 stories..Jennings said Richman’s infrastructure site plan, submitted earlier this year, shows a $35 million, five-story apartment complex with a seven-story parking garage planned for the site.
Looked at in isolation, I imagine they will be cheaper as well, but in the context of the whole of Downtown, 350 units over four acres is less beneficial than 350 units on one or two acres.Tampa needs more affordable downtown residential. You would think the cost of these 350 units should be significantly lower than the cost of the roughly 350 units in the Straz tower. Living here in Austin, there are quite a few apartments in the 5 to 10 story range downtown and they mix in fine with the taller ones.
I'm pretty sure that this view is looking SE across Morgan St. It looks like either that's the leasing office on the ground floor, or more hopefully, it's a slightly elevated space for a nice cafe to have some outdoor seating. Either use would make sense on that side, next to the garage.Rendering from the old TBO article: