TAMPA — Construction workers have been digging up the roads in downtown Tampa for months, marking the first steps toward building Strategic Property Partners’ $3 billion vision for the redevelopment of Tampa’s urban core.
At its peak, nearly 100 workers are replacing old water and sewer pipes under the roads on Channelside Drive, Morgan and Jefferson streets, and installing new insulated pipes that will run water to downtown buildings as a form of air conditioning from a central chilled water distribution plant. The construction began in August and will run likely through the summer next year. But roadwork in downtown Tampa will continue over the next two years, as SPP’s plans for downtown begin to take shape around Amalie Arena.
“The challenging part of all of this is trying to keep downtown Tampa pedestrian friendly. We’re in an urban downtown area and an event district next to Amalie Arena, and so far we’ve been able to work around the Lightning games,” said Courtland Corbino, vice president of development for SPP.\
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