Transforming Tampa Bay: Our streetcars, and their original Tampa Heights home, are evolving
Posted By LINDA SAUL-SENA
Tampa’s streetcars were a force in the community’s evolution, sparking investment and affording easy mobility. Fast-forward 100 years, and streetcar-related efforts are again moving things ahead.
An ambitious makeover is underway for the 70,000-square-foot red-brick streetcar barn, located in Tampa Heights adjacent to the Waterfront Park. After the Architectural Review Commission (ARC) blessed their plans on May 4, SoHo Capital developers are moving full speed ahead to create an adaptive reuse of the historic Armature Works Building as a mixed-use event, entertainment and market hall.
Working with Mesh Architecture, Adam Harden and Chas Bruck of SoHo Capital are reimagining the space. They purchased this building as well as 45 adjacent acres, declaring that the hall would be the centerpiece of the Heights development, which will also include 2.2 million square feet of residential and office uses (including the recently announced tenant SofWorX, an “idea lab” for U.S. Special Forces).
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