Developers planning a new four-star hotel in Ybor City, Tampa Bay's historic Latin Quarter, won approval from the City of Tampa's historic preservation officials this week.
As planned, the 180-room hotel would fill a city block on the western end of Ybor City at Seventh Avenue and North 15th Street. The design envisions balconies and other amenities that would mesh with Ybor City's existing 19th Century architecture. As this point, the hotel doesn't have a brand.
According to the Tampa Tribune, the developers see promise in their project and in the neighborhood.
“This is new ground for everybody,” said Alex Walter, an owner of Walson Ventures LLC, one of the partners backing the project. “We’re really trying to expand the community, and this is a sign the neighborhood and the Tampa community is saying they are ready for it.”
[The] designers envisioned a project that brings new life to Ybor City but also pays homage to and celebrates the classic Havana and Tampa architecture of the neighborhood. Backers plan to resurrect Las Novedades, one of Tampa’s original restaurants, at a space in a four-story hotel wrapped in balconies overlooking the street.