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.