Initial work focuses on a renovated, multi-use Armature Works building, residential and retail, new infrastructure and an extension of the Tampa Riverwalk
TAMPA, FL (June 2016) – As workers begin to install the infrastructure for roads and utilities at The Heights, developer SoHo Capital has revealed the details of its current progress and future plans for the project. The Heights is getting started with a dramatic transformation of the historic Armature Works building on the Hillsborough River.
The Armature Works, a 73,344-square-foot former storage and maintenance facility for Tampa’s streetcars, will soon be repurposed to house the Heights Market, two event spaces, restaurants, a shared work space, and a rooftop social area, all scheduled to be completed by early next year. Once the facility is fully functional, more than 300 people will work there.
The Heights Market will include an array of unique food concepts designed and operated by local restaurateurs and chefs. Distinctive cocktails, craft beers, baked breads and gourmet sandwiches, savory noodles, the finest cheeses and charcuterie, coffee, fresh flowers, and a bakery full of desserts are just a few of the items that will be offered. The Heights Market will also feature an interactive kitchen that will host educational cooking classes, corporate team-building and pop-up dinners in collaboration with the Heights Market tenants.
A few of our partners in the Heights Market are:
• Ichicoro Ramen – A mod casual authentic Ramen restaurant, serving soulful, delicious food and beverages.
• Commune and Co. Coffee – A local coffee company that has a fleet of trikes sharing the company’s flagship iced coffee product, Pressure Brew, at area events.
• Tailored Twig – A floral boutique that specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces for distinctive events.
• Chocolate Pi – A bakery focusing on pastries and cakes made in the European tradition with American creativity.
• Fine and Dandy – A cocktail emporium focusing on package sales, craft cocktail kits and classes.
• Steelbach Ranch – A boutique butcher with charcuterie and artisan cheeses.
• Chaat Corner – An Indian street food affair.
The Armature Works will also house two event spaces, the larger of which, the A.W. Gathering, will be capable of seating up to 800 guests in over 10,000 square feet. This multi-functional area will feature modern amenities such as state-of-the-art audiovisual and lighting systems while keeping historic characteristics such as exposed brick walls, hardwood floors repurposed from the original roof, and 35-foot ceilings.
The other event space, the A.W. Theatre, will seat up to 200 guests and will feature the same modern amenities and historical charm, along with views of the Hillsborough River and downtown Tampa. Both spaces are scheduled to be complete by the end of this year, and events are currently being booked for all 2017 dates.
Also in the plans for the Armature Works: two restaurants, the first of which, called Steelbach, will be a modern eatery using the best meats from the in-house butcher in the Heights Market. Steelbach will be operated by BE-1 Concepts. Also, the building will feature a shared workspace called the Collective.
“When we designed the Armature Works with Mesh Architecture, we studied many other adaptive re-use projects from cities like Denver, Portland, Milwaukee and Atlanta,” said Chas Bruck, principal of SoHo Capital. “We have brought the best practices we have seen in our case studies to help create a unique mix of uses in the Armature Works, and we are excited to share it with Tampa.”
The adaptive re-use of the Armature Works is the first step in the development of the 43-acre mixed-use Heights project, which will eventually expand to include a mix of residential units for sale and for rent, an office village, additional eateries, ground floor retail, a hotel, on-street and structured parking and an expansion of the Tampa Riverwalk.
Longer-term plans include The Pearl, a 314-unit apartment complex, which will include 28,500 square feet of ground-level retail space with a strong focus on providing much-needed neighborhood commercial services. Construction of The Pearl is scheduled to begin in August, with completion scheduled for September 2017.
The Heights project is located between North Boulevard and North Tampa Street, parallel to the Hillsborough River and just north of the popular Water Works Park. The Heights creates a bookend to the final expansion of the Riverwalk.
About SoHo Capital: SoHo Capital specializes in the acquisition and development of residential, retail office and industrial properties. Their projects can be found throughout central Florida, with the majority located in the Tampa Bay area. Founded in 2006, the company is headquartered in Tampa and led by principals Chas Bruck and Adam Harden. Taryn Bruck is also a key leader in the development of The Heights project, as the Director of Events.