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Developer Darryl Shaw's vision for Ybor Harbor gets initial approval

City of Tampa
An artist rendering of the Ybor Harbor development project planned for the north end Ybor Channel has received initial approval from Tampa City Council.

Tampa City Council moves forward on the development at the north end of Ybor Channel on a site once considered for a Rays stadium. The plan includes residential, hotels, retail and harbor views.

The Ybor Harbor development project has received initial approval from Tampa City Council, with a few reservations.

It would be located on the Ybor Channel, a site once proposed for a baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The property is bounded by the Channel District on the west and North19th Street on the east, with the Selmon Expressway to the north.

Developer Darryl Shaw is proposing to put in offices, residential units, hotels, retail — and plenty of space to walk around the harbor.

"We vision a thriving, dynamic urban core. We vision multiple, interconnected neighborhoods. And I emphasize interconnected," said Shaw.

Last week, the city council approved the plan on first reading. But Council member Lynn Hurtak expressed concerns.

"I think it's the beginning of the end of the port," Hurtak said.

Shaw said people wanting to live, work and play on the harbor and the importance of Port Tampa Bay are front of mind for him.

"And those two worlds interconnect and in some ways collide at Ybor Channel," explained Shaw.

The council was assured that the project would not interfere with channel navigation. And no one from Port Tampa Bay spoke in opposition.

The second reading is scheduled for May 2.

Rendering of site of Ybor Harbor
City of Tampa
The property is bounded by Channelside on the west and North19th Street on the east, with the Selmon Expressway running along the north.

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