Channel District

Vision Plan

The Plan

Port Tampa Bay’s Channel District Vision is conceptual plan for transforming its land within the Channel District area – currently an industrial waterfront – into a dynamic, community centerpiece where people will come to live, work and play.

The vision plan maximizes the potential of 45 acres of port-owned land along Channelside Drive and the Ybor Channel and dramatically builds upon the area’s ongoing revitalization. It calls for the development of more than 9 million square feet of mixed-use space and $1.5 billion in private investment over the next decade or so.

The plan is the result of a partnership between Port Tampa Bay, the City of Tampa and the Channel District Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Upgrades aim to make Channelside Drive and the surrounding area more attractive and inviting. The port’s vision complements Strategic Property Partners’ project to turn 40 acres near Amalie Arena into a vibrant, urban neighborhood. Led by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, the project includes a downtown medical school for the University of South Florida and an office tower housing a company headquarters.

Reimagining the PTB waterfront property in the Channel District is part of a larger, overall plan for the 5,000-acre port over the next two decades. A detailed master plan for the PTB’s land within the Channel District is expected in the next year.

Port Tampa Bay has developed the plan with the assistance of Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc. (B&A), one of Florida’s preeminent planning, architecture and engineering firms, recognized worldwide as one of the leading urban waterfront planning and design firms.

Creation. Community. Channelside.

Project Overview

Connect & Develop for Our Community

While still in the preliminary phase, the vision plan features a bold mix of private development and public amenities, from residential, retail, office and hotel space to a central park, marina and multipurpose cruise ship terminal. A key element of the plan are two “landmark towers’’ that will be among the tallest and most notable on Florida’s West Coast. The plan also calls for more attractive and inviting features including wide sidewalks, lush landscaping, bike lanes within the intended and more desirable mix of stores and restaurants. On the waterside of the centerpiece central park is an elevated walkway with views of the port and cruise ships will draw residents and tourists alike.

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Project Press

The Port Tampa Bay Channel District plan has garnered high praise for its vision to transform the waterfront. Here a few of the links to the articles and videos about how the vision plan has been received:

Port Tampa Bay CEO and President Paul Anderson welcomes press conference attendees
Press and Community Leaders gathered for Channel District Vision Plan unveiling

Project FAQ

The vision calls for redeveloping 45 acres of land owned by Port Tampa Bay along Channelside Drive and the Ybor Channel, north of the Florida Aquarium. The plan as envisioned adds more than 9 million square feet of residential, retail, office and hotel space as well as a central park, marina and multipurpose cruise ship terminal. A master plan for PTB’s land within the Channel District is expected in 2016.

No. But the port is working collaboratively with Jeff Vinik’s Strategic Property Partners to ensure the neighboring projects complement each other and result in the greatest impact.

The private sector will build the residential and commercial components. Infrastructure improvements will be funded jointly through a partnership between Port Tampa Bay, the City of Tampa and the Channel District Community Redevelopment Agency. Port Tampa Bay will fund the marina, cruise terminal and other waterfront improvements. At its completion, the projected public investment will be an estimated $200 million and private investment will be $1.5 billion.

As we look at the potential for this land in light of current market conditions and the evolution of the cruise industry, now is an opportune time to start creating an impactful vision for this area. This land is considered highly valuable to developers and will generate significant tax revenue for the city.

It was developed based on market studies and input from residents and community leaders. It was designed by Bermello Ajamil & Partners, based in Miami and recognized as one of the leading urban waterfront design firms.

The plan is still preliminary and must go through partner negotiations and regulatory approvals before construction can begin. We anticipate that the first phase could begin in late 2016 or early 2017.

No. We plan to minimize the impact on current cruise and other maritime activities as we develop each phase.

The plan accommodates continued cruise activity at the port. It also calls for expanding Cruise Terminal 3 to allow the berthing of two ships at a time. When not in use for ships, the 300,000-square-foot terminal could be used for other activities.

The vision plan calls for Channelside Drive to be redesigned and incorporated into the new development. Anticipated changes will make the road more intimate, usable and pedestrian friendly for people crossing from the adjacent neighborhood to the waterfront.

Yes, when ships are not in port. When they are in port, the public will have access to an elevated viewing platform with views of the cruise ships and working port.


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