Tampa condo tower on Bayshore Boulevard gets okay to exceed height limit

Because it's just two miles from Peter O. Knight Airport, the 17-story Sanctuary at Alexandra Place normally would be limited to a height of 200 feet. But it can go to 215 feet, aviation officials said.
The Sanctuary at Alexandra Place, a 17-story condo tower with just 15, full-floor residences, is planned for Tampa’s Bayshore Bouevard. [Rendering courtesy of Taub Entities]
The Sanctuary at Alexandra Place, a 17-story condo tower with just 15, full-floor residences, is planned for Tampa’s Bayshore Bouevard. [Rendering courtesy of Taub Entities]
Published March 7
Updated March 7

TAMPA — With construction set to start this month, the 17-story Sanctuary at Alexandra Place on Bayshore Boulevard got a key approval Thursday from the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.

Authority members voted unanimously to allow the tower to exceed a 200-foot height limit imposed because the $40 million project at 2619 Bayshore Boulevard is about two miles west-northwest of Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands.

As is standard practice, the approval came with requirements to put red aviation warning lights atop the 215-foot-tall building and to correct any glare problems that arise during construction. That's something that happened recently during the construction of the new University of South Florida medical school building at Water Street Tampa. Pilots from Peter O. Knight complained of sunlight reflecting off the windows of the $172 million project, so USF's contractor added a non-reflective film to the glass.

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The Sanctuary will have one condominium per floor, with sales prices starting at about $2.5 million. Developers at Taub Entities plan to break ground on the project March 14 and anticipate completing construction in mid-2020.

Airport garage demolition goes forward

In an unrelated vote, the authority okayed the final phase of an $11.3 million project to demolish the old rental car garage on the red side of the main terminal at Tampa International Airport. The garage became obsolete when the airport's new rental car center and SkyConnect train opened in February 2018.

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The demolition includes the remainder of the Airside D shuttle track and will make way for an expansion of the terminal's curbside operations. The contractor, Kimmins Contracting Corp., is expected to have the demolition complete by early next year, but some demolition already has taken place and 1,500 tons of steel and concrete have been hauled away. In February, an early phase of the project resulted in red side arrival and departure lanes being closed overnight for a couple of weeks.

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