Buckhorn Announces Tampa Hotel Partners, LLC Will Redevelop the Classic Federal Courthouse
Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced today that Tampa Hotel Partners, LLC has been chosen to redevelop the classic Federal Courthouse into a luxury hotel. Tampa Hotel Partners, LLC is a team comprised of the Development Service Group (DSG) of Memphis, Ferrell Redevelopment of Tampa, Kobi Karp Architects of Miami, and The Beck Group of Tampa.
"This restoration will breathe new life into downtown community. Once completed and redeveloped as a luxury hotel, the classic Federal Courthouse will encourage additional growth, bring new jobs, and re-energize the area," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "My vision for the building was as a cornerstone for the Zack Street 'Avenue of the Arts' and a gateway to the Riverwalk, and today, we are one day closer to that vision becoming a reality."
The project will cost an estimated $22 million and will take at least 16 months to complete. It will also create more than 400 construction jobs during that 16 months, and once completed, the hotel is expected to employ an estimated 100 people.
The four firms of Hotel Partners, LLC involved in this project have rehabilitated historic properties. DSG, the developer, was awarded the 2010 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse for the four-star Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia. Ferrell Redevelopment of Tampa, the historical architectural consultant, has extensive experience in the restoration of historic properties throughout Florida, including the rehabilitation of the Seidenberg Cigar Factory in Ybor City. Kobi Karp, the project architect from Miami, has earned awards from the Miami Design Preservation League and Dade Heritage Trust for various projects. The Beck Group of Tampa will be construction manager, and has redeveloped various properties across the United States, including Dallas' historic Union Station and the Hillsborough County Education Foundation El Centro Español de Tampa.
The Request For Proposals (RFP) was released on November 8, 2011 and specifically targeted hotel development. In December, the City of Tampa announced that five companies submitted proposals to the City. Those companies were 21c Museum Hotels, The Giunta Group, Ltd., HRI Properties, Impact Properties, and Tampa Hotel Partners, LLC
The Classic Federal Courthouse is located on North Florida Avenue in the heart of the Central Business District. The elegant Beaux-Arts style building was completed in 1905 and features stone, marble, three-story columns, towering windows, and oak trim throughout. The building was first used as a post office and customs house, and then as a federal courthouse from 1984 to 1998. The building has Local Historic Landmark designation and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.