The developer of the highly anticipated Riverwalk Place tower released new designs Tuesday, revealing a significantly shorter building that incorporates a hotel.
The redesign of the downtown Tampa project was the result of “feedback from buyers,” according to a statement from Taylor Collins, a managing partner with Two Roads Development, the project’s developer. This spring, Two Roads had told prospective buyers about the idea to add a luxury boutique hotel and hotel-branded condominiums, and had offered to return deposits to those who had put down money to reserve a spot in the previous design.
But until Tuesday, details were scant of how the new version would take shape.
Instead of a more-than-50-story skyscraper that was touted as the tallest building on Florida’s west coast, the building will be 37 floors, according to details provided by Two Roads, which also filed plans with the city of Tampa on Tuesday. The first 13 stories will be home to a luxury hotel with 222 rooms and a pool overlooking the river, though the hotel company has not been announced. Then floors 14 through 36 will be hotel-branded condominiums of various sizes and floor plans.
The 37th floor will be a residents-only rooftop lounge with another pool and fitness facility overlooking Tampa Bay.
On the ground along the Riverwalk, the plans envision a cafe and open-air restaurant.
This change of plan is only the latest twist in the saga over the sought-after site at 102 E Whiting Street on the Hillsborough River. In the 2000s, it was slated for Trump Tower Tampa. A previous design had included office space.
The new design is markedly different in appearance, as the developer opted for a wide, white-rimmed and textured structure separated into three sections like modern, stately columns. The original renderings portrayed a glossy tower with a curved, sail-shaped profile.
The look was selected from Miami-based architecture firm Arquitectonica, whose recent work includes drawing up the master plan for David Beckham’s proposed major-league soccer stadium.
“With the success of other five-star hotel-branded developments in major cities throughout the U.S., we decided to bring in a luxury hotel component that would add to the interactive spaces along the Riverwalk and the adjacent park,” Collins said in a statement. “Working closely with hotel operators and architects, we believe we have designed a building that is good for the city, guests, residents and the downtown community as a whole.”
Two Roads Development became the sole developer on the project in March after Larry Feldman, president of Feldman Equities, walked away, citing “honest business disagreements.”