TAMPA — Water Street Tampa’s plans for the southern end of downtown continued to come into focus Wednesday as the $3 billion project unveiled the most details yet about its planned 500-room, high-end hotel.
The flag for the hotel, being called 10 Water Street, was not announced.
Still, Strategic Property Partners, the development company formed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment fund, said it will have 126,000 square feet of meeting space and a ballroom with about 30,000 square feet of space — more than any hotel in the Tampa Bay area.
All of it, the company said, will be connected to the existing Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.
With its size and amenities, 10 Water Street is expected to turbo-charge Tampa’s ability to attract conventions and big corporate events.
“A true game-changer,” said Alex Kaptzan, vice president of convention sales at Visit Tampa Bay. The new hotel will not only help convention recruiters book larger groups, but it should give them the flexibility to book more groups, and to have more overlapping events and less downtime by coordinating the use of rooms and meeting space across the convention center and several hotels.
Architects at Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates (NBWW) of Coral Gables are designing the hotel.
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