New vision for Port Tampa Bay to be unveiled

TAMPA -
The wraps have been taken off plans for the future of the Port Tampa Bay and Channelside District.
 
The vision runs in conjunction with Jeff Vinik's plans to transform an additional 30 acres of downtown Tampa.
 
Mayor Bob Buckhorn said, "This is big day.  Let's figure out how to make this work."
 
The plans called for several areas that will be broken up into four districts-- cruise, waterfront part, central waterfront and marina.
 
 
 
Vinik's plans for Channelside are expected to include:
 
A new 400-room hotel – no flagship name yet – will be built across from the Marriott Waterside Hotel and connected by skybridge to the Tampa Convention Center. 
 
Channelside Bay Plaza will be opened up to the water from the southwest corner and embellished by a new waterfront park. 
 
An entertainment district, based on the concept of "L.A. Live," will stretch from the Convention Center to the Florida Aquarium. 
 
A new, residential tower will rise on the east side of Amalie Arena. 
 
The vision includes 3 million square feet of new commercial development with retail space. 
 
Old Water Street will be redeveloped into a walkable, bike-able, hang out space.
 
USF's Medical School and Heart Institute will anchor the project.
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