Real Estate Development
Westshore - Tampa's Business Address
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If you are considering locating your business in the Tampa Bay area, choose Westshore - the area's premier business address. Located within the city limits of Tampa, the Westshore district is Florida's largest office community with more than 12 million square feet of office space and nearly 94,000 workers. It is also home to more than 30 hotels, two upscale shopping centers - International Plaza and WestShore Plaza, more than 250 restaurants and a growing residential community. Westshore is at the geographic center of the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater market, making the resources of the entire market easily accessible. Tampa International Airport, rated one of the nation's best, is located right in Westshore.
Developing Property in Westshore
The Westshore Alliance has created an open environment for business to accomodate your needs. To facilitate growth and streamline the commercial development process, the Westshore Alliance has created two unique development tools - The Westshore Areawide Development of Regional Impact (DRI) and the Westshore Overlay District Guidelines
The DRI combined with the Overlay District guidelines significantly reduce the time normally required for the City’s regulatory review process. If time is of the essence, the Westshore Business District is where you want to undertake your development.
The Westshore Areawide Development of Regional Impact (DRI)
Westshore has the largest privately sponsored DRI in the state of Florida. The DRI provides significant entitlements for office, retail, hotel and residential development and provides pre-negotiated mitigation for the transportation impact of development. Developers can proceed with projects by paying the City of Tampa transportation impact fees and reserving development entitlements under Westshore’s DRI. Developments within the DRI are not subject to payment for off-site transportation improvements. The DRI development entitlements are in place until Dec. 31, 2019 and there are sufficient entitlements to accommodate development in Westshore for many years. Following are several important documents and forms pertinent to the DRI
- DRI Boundary Map - The boundaries are generally Himes Ave., Tampa Bay (excluding Rocky Point), Boy Scout Blvd. and Kennedy Blvd.
- DRI Ordinance - explains the provisions of the DRI
- DRI Development Agreement Form and Westshore Alliance DRI Membership Application
Westshore Overlay District Development Standards
The Westshore Overlay District Development Standards provide flexibility in the development process and encourage a dense urban style of development that accommodate pedestrians, as well as vehicles. The overlay district standards provide greater density and intensity of development than in most other parts of Tampa and allow more development to occur without the need to rezone property. The standards are part of the City of Tampa's zoning land development code (Chapter 27-238). You can view a copy of the standards here.