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Brian_tampa

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Tampa station sites finally under consideration with a MOU between Brightline and a local developer. All 3 sites are near Tampa Union Station just east of downtown Tampa. The former Tampa Park Apartments, TECO Gasworks, and the location considered for a baseball stadium a few years ago. No financial committment yet but does allow for environmental planning to begin now that potential sites have been selected.

https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2020/09/15/brightline-darryl-shaw-ybor-city-rail-station.html

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The MOU, which was finalized over the weekend, is non-binding and does not represent a financial commitment from either party, Shaw told the Business Journal. What it does do is allow Brightline to proceed with an environmental analysis, which must be completed before a Tampa station could move forward.

Shaw said his ideal vision is a multimodal transit station on one of the properties under discussion — a place where rail lines, bus rapid transit, streetcar and trolley service converge.

"That area is at the intersection between downtown, Channelside, Water Street and Ybor," Shaw said. "Everything converges there and it’s approximate to Union Station and you could see some transit-oriented development there, so it all seems to come together. I’d love to see all of that come together right in that vicinity."
 

Brian_tampa

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The TECO site looks to be ideal since the Amtrak tracks are right there the other rails are near enough to join them to an intermodal station.
But I wonder if the TECO site is large enough for 1000 ft long platforms and associated real estate development? Maybe that site could be combined with the site just east of it across Channelside Drive to make the infrastructure fit? That would allow for street level connections with the existing trolley running along Channelside in between the two properties. Otherwise, the Tampa Park Apartment site on the west/north side of the CSX tracks seems a better fit as it has the length to allow for 1000ft platforms and room for buildings much like the Miami Central station site does.

The article does say Mr. Shaw wants to allow for a potential future baseball stadium on his property (that was originally the site east of Channelside back in 2017, but may change now?).
 

chrsjrcj

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Surprised the Channelside site (where there is a freight yard) isn't under consideration. Lot's of development going on there. I haven't been to Tampa in about 10 years and every time I look on Google Earth there's more construction!
 

McIntyre2K7

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Surprised the Channelside site (where there is a freight yard) isn't under consideration. Lot's of development going on there. I haven't been to Tampa in about 10 years and every time I look on Google Earth there's more construction!
That was recently sold last year to Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik (his property group). The Con Agra plant that is there will be moved to an area south of Tampa.

 
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