Tampa has been attempting to develop its waterfront for over a few decades and even more so in recent years. They made some progress, paving a walk path across a major stretch of the city’s riverfront, overlooking Harbor Island. However, this has barely lure the admiration of Tampa Bay’s residents. The new project which is now being aided by the technology genius, Bill Gates, is called Water Street and it will take a mighty $3 Billion makeover to complete.
The Water Street development will revolutionize the City of Tampa’s downtown district when completed in 2027.
There will be 53-acres of redevelopment and cover 9 million square feet in 18 distinct buildings directly on the bay, including two new hotels, retail, office space, cultural amenities, and contemporary residences.
This tremendous project will be handled by Strategic Property Partners (SPP), a joint venture between Cascade Investment LLP (Bill Gates’s investment fund) and local businessman Jeff Vinik, who owns the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm.
Tampa, Florida recently also got some icing to put on that delicious cake. They just scored the Super Bowl LV bid.
Super Bowl LV, the 55th Super Bowl and the 51st modern-era National Football League championship game, will decide the league champion for the 2020 season. The game is scheduled to be played on February 7, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
Not to mention, Yankees legend Derek Jeter has been showing additional interest in putting roots down in Tampa. So, when Tampa wins, they win in spades.
On October 1, 2014, Jeter’s new website, ThePlayersTribune.com, appeared online; it was billed as “a new media platform that will present the unfiltered voice of professional athletes, bringing fans closer to the games they love than ever before”. It was reported by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in March 2015 that Jeter had partnered with Concessions Tampa to bid for a space within the Tampa International Airport, and plans to open a restaurant named after his website.