New YMCA And 6-Acre Mixed-Use Development Envisioned In Tampa Heights

YMCA Mixed-Use Development. Credit: Ellison Development.

Ellison Development, on behalf of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, has filed plans for a significant new 6.20-acre mixed-use development in Tampa Heights, set to include a 110,000-square foot YMCA, over 20,000 square feet of curated green space, a 200-room hotel, as well as office, retail, and residential spaces. Aided by the architectural expertise of Fleischman Garcia Maslowski, engineering by Kimley-Horn, and zoning support from attorney Gardner Brewer Hudson, this project aims to make a substantial mark on the area’s landscape.

Partially located within the Tampa Heights Historic District, the proposed development is poised to bring 477 multifamily units to the neighborhood, with a notable 10% of them dedicated to affordable housing. The mixed-use aspect is further emphasized with plans for 184,000 square feet of office space and a substantial 100,000 square feet of retail space, with a section set aside for small, minority-owned businesses.

YMCA Mixed-Use Development. Credit: Ellison Development.

In a statement, YMCA President and CEO Matt Mitchell emphasized the long-standing commitment of the YMCA to the city and expressed enthusiasm about the expansion, which will more than double the space of the current Central City YMCA located at 110 E. Palm Ave. The new facility is set to offer various services, including a licensed preschool, teen programs, summer day camps, and an expanded wellness offering. Notably, the building will feature a rooftop pool and pickleball courts while also connected to parking and the organization’s corporate offices via a sky bridge over Florida Avenue.

YMCA Mixed-Use Development. Credit: Ellison Development.

The development project also has an eye on preserving local history. It includes plans to conserve the Standard Oil Building at 110 E Oak Ave and provide a 10-foot easement along E. Palm Ave. for potential streetcar expansion.

Ellison Development CEO Casey Ellison, sharing the YMCA’s commitment to honoring the neighborhood’s history while ushering it into a new era, confirmed that the project would be undertaken in phases, with the YMCA’s construction as a part of the first phase. Groundbreaking for the new YMCA is expected in the summer of 2024, with completion anticipated in early 2026. The entirety of the mixed-use development is projected to span approximately five years.

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