If Seminole Heights is a destination you keep coming back to, why not make the neighborhood your home?
Local developer Wesley Burdette is betting young professionals will do just that when he opens The Warehouse Lofts
in 2015. The 46-unit complex will re-purpose a vacant warehouse at the corner of Florida Avenue and Cayuga Street, just south of Osborne Avenue. There will be studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, a zen garden, rooftop pavilion and a 3-story atrium.
"Seminole Heights is a hidden gem of what goes on in Tampa," says Burdette, a partner of Access Capital Mortgage
The urban in-fill project is a rarity in a neighborhood known for its restored 1920s bungalows. But that type of domicile is not always the first choice of upwardly-mobile millennials who are flocking to an expanding selection in Seminole Heights of eclectic dining spots, and cool hang-outs for wines and craft beers.
A sample list includes The Independent, the Mermaid Tavern, the Refinery, Front Porch Grille, Jet City Espresso, Ella's Americana Folk Cafe, Cappy's Pizza and the Rooster and The Till. Angry Chair Brewing is a new arrival. Fodder and Shine, the Florida-centric creation of the Refinery's owners, is under construction. The Bourgeoisie Pig and Delicious Surprise will debut soon.
"They don't have any other options," says Burdette of the neighborhood's residential stock. "This is our destination. We go to the Independent, to the Refinery. We find this is where we hang out. Why don't we live here?"
Burdette expects construction on Warehouse Lofts to begin early next year.
Wolf Design Group
, which worked on the Victory Lofts in North Hyde Park, is handling the architectural design. Gabler Brothers
is the general contractor. Sunshine State Federal Savings
is providing most of the financing for the approximately $5 million project.
Depending on final design, Burdette says between 3,100 and 6,000 square feet might be available for retail or restaurant uses. He is not ready to market any specific ideas but a craft beer tasting room or a high-end bakery might be possibilities. Or even a little competition for Starbucks with a high-end roaster such as Buddy Brew, he adds.
"That would be a really nice fit."