Jeff Vinik's redevelopment plan has a new name

TAMPA (970 WFLA) -- It's called "Water Street Tampa."

Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's redevelopment project in downtown Tampa finally has a name. James Nozar of his development group, Strategic Property Partners, says they'll break ground this fall on the first phase of the long-awaited project, which includes four million square feet of space, to be turned into offices, homes, and two hotels. 

Nozar calls the 50 acre project "transformative." He says it'll be one of the largest real estate developments in the United States. He says Water Street Tampa will be walkable, with a strong focus on the pedestrian experience, that includes wide sidewalks and mature canopy trees.

The full nine million square foot project is due for completion in 2027, at a cost of three billion dollars. 

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