In the last 20 years, leadership in the City of Tampa made developing the area along the river a priority. As Tampa developed its downtown and waterfront, adding the Tampa Bay History Center (2009), the Glazer Children’s Museum (2010) and the new Tampa Museum of Art (2010) to the Straz Center, already in place, the development of the Riverwalk took shape.
The addition of the beautiful Water Works Park (2014) by the city, which is reached by crossing under I-275, and the recently opened Julian B. Lane park (2018) led to more development and regentrification in the Heights area. The Riverwalk’s 2.6-mile-long open pedestrian trail leads right to the Heights neighborhood.
The Riverwalk, under construction all the way to North Boulevard, is a vital piece of the Heights. People can choose to walk along the river all the way to downtown Tampa or put their kayak and canoe in the Hillsborough River.
With its unobstructed view of the Hillsborough River, the historic brick structure was reinvented as a premier community destination with innovative eateries, Heights Public Market, reimagined event spaces and an exclusive coworking space. With 73,000-square-feet, the market center pulls in locals who enjoy great food in a beautiful location and tourists who don’t have to venture far from the city center to find entertainment.
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The PEARL: sustainable, urban living and amenity-rich, waterside apartment community within walking distance to the area’s thriving retail, restaurants, and multiple recreational offerings.
Centered in one of Tampa’s most historic neighborhoods, the PEARL’s three building, 314-unit community offers more than 15 unique floor plans split between one-, two-, and three-bedroom units as well as one-bedroom lofts and a limited selection of three-bedroom / 2.5 bathroom townhouses equipped with private entrances.
The Pearl’s most distinct standout is bringing all of the premier and eclectic offerings within The Heights to its front yard. With 28,873-square-feet of ground-floor retail, shops range from an Irish pub, a health clinic to a boutique gym will line the ground floor of the building.
The next component of The Heights will be two, 150,000-sq-ft luxury, Class A office buildings. The buildings and will feature impressive 360 degree urban and waterfront views. There are multiple exterior areas and two top floor panoramic balconies perfect for outdoor collaborations. The office project has a desirable covered parking deck with 1,200 spaces and a 4: 1,000-sq-ft parking ratio that is steps away and easily accessible. The design will carry on the adaptive reuse theme while paying homage to the charm of the historic Heights neighborhood.
There will also be a 187-room boutique hotel, with 23,000 square feet of retail space, a full-service sit-down restaurant and 5,000 square feet of meeting space, which will cater to both visitors and business travelers.