TAMPA — Two residential towers are being proposed for what is now largely a swath of parking lots between Tampa’s urban core and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.
The Seasons Apartments would rise 40 stories on the north side of E Whiting Street. The Seasons Suites would rise 27 stories on the south side of Whiting. Both sites are about a block south of the Hillsborough County government center and two blocks east of the Fort Brooke Parking Garage.
The Seasons Apartments would be the larger of the two projects, topping out at 476 feet. The tower is planned for the block bordered by Washington, Pierce, Whiting and Morgan streets.
It would include 487 apartments, according to plans filed with City Hall. On the south side of the tower, an eight-floor podium would have two restaurants and retail space on its lower two floors, parking and an amenity deck for residents on its roof. A double helix vehicle ramp built into the podium is meant to be a defining architectural element along Whiting Street.
Across the street at the southeast corner of Whiting and N Morgan Street would be the Seasons Suites. It would include 54 dwellings in a 27-story tower that would rise from a tight footprint measuring just 48 by 75 feet. It would be connected to the taller tower’s garage and amenities by a sixth-floor pedestrian bridge over Whiting Street.
The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority is scheduled to consider both projects Thursday. Because the towers are less than 2 miles from Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands, the aviation authority has to approve any construction taller than 200 feet.
Airport officials recommend approval of both projects as long as each tower is topped with red warning lights for pilots. Developers also must agree to correct any problems that arise from sunlight glaring off the towers, something that was necessary this year at the nearly finished University of South Florida medical school building at Water Street Tampa.
Both sites are owned by Tampa Downtown Invest LTD, whose parent company is listed in state corporate records under the name of Dr. Schrobsdorff & Dr. Herrmann. That is also the name of a German real estate company founded before World War I. A company profile for Dr. Schrobsdorff & Dr. Herrmann on a web site for the Real Estate Management Institute in Wiesbaden, Germany said the company is “currently in preparation (for) an apartment project with several hundred units in Tampa.”
Also, building design sketches on file with the city and aviation authority include the name and logo of Jahn Architecture, an internationally known firm that’s designed eye-catching buildings on four continents.
The firm is headed by German-born Helmut Jahn and has its main office in Chicago, with another in Berlin. In the United States, it has designed residential towers in New York, Chicago and Las Vegas.
Representatives for Tampa Downtown Invest and Jahn did not respond to inquiries Monday from the Tampa Bay Times.
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