Two apartment towers coming to Water Street Tampa

One of Tampa’s most talked-about development projects, Water Street Tampa, held the groundbreaking of its first residential buildings last week. Slated for completion in late 2020, the 815 Water Street apartments will offer residents a downtown location with easy access to work, food, shopping, and entertainment options in the 50-acre mixed-use Water Street Tampa development.

The groundbreaking comes two months after the project's development firm, Strategic Property Partners (SPP), announced the construction of two luxury office buildings in the neighborhood.

The dual-tower 815 Water Street will include 420 residential rental units split between 21- and 26-story buildings. More than 35,000 square feet of retail will occupy the ground floor. Amenities will include an outdoor pool, fitness center, community kitchen, and bar.

Located at the intersection of Channelside Drive and Water Street, the buildings are at the heart of an effort to revitalize waterfront parts of Tampa’s Downtown and Channel District. Not the least among them is Sparkman Wharf, a mixed-use venue replacing the Channelside Bay Plaza retail center.

“815 Water Street fills an important need in the neighborhood, providing a diverse array of rental homes and neighborhood retail amenities designed to foster residents’ sense of wellbeing and connection to nature,” says James Nozar, CEO of SPP, in a news release. “With building entrances on The Tampa Riverwalk and the tree-lined Water Street, residents will be adjacent to multiple pedestrian-friendly corridors activated by neighborhood shopping, dining and entertainment options, all within steps of their front door.”

The project's exterior is designed by New York City-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Toronto-based Cecconi Simone oversees its interior design. 

“815 Water Street will be distinguished by the level of intentionality that went into its design, from the diversity of homes, including large three-bedroom apartments offering wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies that are uncommon within the Tampa Bay market, to its pair of expansive rooftop amenity terraces overlooking the waterfront,” says Rebecca Snyder, senior VP of Residential Development at SPP. Snyder adds that the building is designed as a mixed-use facility, with residential and retail offerings "interwoven into the fabric of the building and the Water Street Tampa neighborhood.”
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Dyllan Furness is a freelance writer and born-again Floridian based in Tampa. He covers the Tampa Bay Area’s development boom for 83 Degrees, with an eye out for sustainable and community-driven initiatives.