TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A developer has plans to construct the tallest skyscraper on Florida’s west coast downtown, however the town’s Historic Preservation Commission halted the vital demolition to make means for the 55-story rental development.
South Florida developer Kolter Urban LLC bought the previous Tarr Furniture Company Building at 520 Tampa Street and a neighboring belongings for just about $12 million final yr.
During Tuesday’s fee assembly, the builders argued the greater than a century-old development is past restore.
“There’s very little value in the property to the city or to anyone at this point,” construction government Steve Barber advised the fee. “Quite honestly from Curtis Hixon Park, the west elevation of the building is an eyesore.”
While it’s not designated at this time, the town’s Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Manager Dennis Fernandez stated the development meets the standards to be preserved as a historic landmark.
“Irreparable harm will be done to the building if a demolition for the building is issued,” commissioner member Dr. Thomas Pluckhahn stated.
The fee voted in prefer of the City Council taking emergency motion to halt the demolition allow.
That is a welcome construction for the group of workers on the First Watch breakfast and lunch eating place situated at the first flooring.
“I feel like we have so many condos already,” server Anna Bartolazzi stated. “Make it somewhere else. Don’t tear down this historical building and my job.”
Customer Carla Gormon stated she’d relatively see renovations to the development as an alternative of the developer’s plans to rip it down.
“They could put great condos in this building,” she stated. “They’re beautiful, the big windows.”
The proposed mission would no longer assist deal with the town’s housing affordability disaster. The developer stated the condos could be bought for a median of $1.35 million.
“Historic preservation is very important to Mayor Castor, but there is a process here that should run its course,” City Spokesperson Adam Smith advised News Channel 8.