TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's plans for the hotel project he and his partners might build between the Tampa Bay Times Forum and the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina are starting to come into focus.
According to zoning documents filed with Tampa city officials, the Vinik group is considering building a 400-room hotel and a high-rise condominium with 50 units on the parking lot at the corner of S Florida Avenue and Old Water Street.
The proposal also includes up to 45,000 square feet of commercial space and up to 100,000 square feet of meeting space. By comparison, the Tampa Marriott Waterside on the other side of Old Water Street has 27 floors, 719 rooms and 50,000 square feet of meeting space.
Vinik has repeatedly declined to comment on his potential plans for his Channel District land holdings.
The parking lot is near the Tampa Convention Center and is one of the properties Vinik acquired when he bought the Lightning hockey team and the Times Forum lease in 2010. However, it is not a part of the Vinik properties that have long been rumored to be a potential site for a downtown Tampa baseball stadium, were such a venue to ever be built.
Those 13 acres, situated between the Times Forum on the south and the ConAgra plant on the north, are being used as parking lots during events at the arena.