Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the number of floors in the proposed Skyview Plaza building. It will have 13 floors.
TAMPA — After two decades with no new office space, the West Shore area is now poised to get hundreds of thousands of additional square feet.
Zons Development of Tampa plans to start construction next year on Skyview Plaza, a 13-story building with Class A offices, retail, a restaurant and the first Cambria hotel in the bay area. The contemporary style building will be at 3415 E Frontage Road next to the Social Security Administration and close to Tampa International Airport.
Skyview Plaza is the second significant mixed-used project announced for West Shore in the past year. The Bromley Companies is developing Midtown, a $500 million city-within-a city at Interstate 275 and N Dale Mabry Highway that will include three Class A office buildings totaling 750,000 square feet.
West Shore has long been one of Florida's premier business districts, but has seen no new office construction in 20 years. Colliers International will handle leasing of Skyiew Plaza's 100,000 square feet of office space, which will occupy the four floors above the hotel.
Skyview is expected to draw interest from "tenants with multiple locations in the Tampa Bay area wanting to combine under one roof, or from companies with employees that travel frequently, such as medical, defense and sales firms, and that want easy access Tampa International and a hotel,'' Colliers said in a release. "The tenants in Skyview Plaza will also benefit from a highly visible location, where over 150,000 cars pass the site daily.''
Cambria hotels, designed for business travelers and featuring full bars, bistro dining and flexible meeting space, are in Miami, Dania Beach, New Orleans, Phoenix and several other cities nationwide. The 138-room Tampa hotel will have an infinity pool, covered outdoor lounge areas and a conference center.
"Leasing office space in the same building as a hotel works well as a blended concept, particularly for companies that have offices spread around the country,” said Joanne LeBlanc of Colliers.
Skyview Plaza is expected to be completed in early 2021, about the same time as Bromley's Midtown. Site preparation at Midtown is already underway for an apartment community, a Whole Foods Market and the first office building in that mega project.
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