Westshore's residential boom rolls on, this time with a developer proposing for-sale townhouses near Met West International.
Icon Residential Living, based in Largo, is asking the city to rezone about 5 acres of the southern portion of the former Without Walls International Church property, which is on Columbus Drive. (See map below.) The rezoning would allow single-family attached housing on the site.
Icon would build 93 townhouses on the site, said Michael Horner, who represents Richman Group, which owns the land. Icon is under contract to buy the acreage from Richman, Horner said.
The townhouses would be three and four stories and range from 1,700 to 3,000 square feet, Horner said. Prices will range from $325,000 to the mid-$500,000s. He said there are utility and easement issues and expects those to be resolved in six to eight months. Construction could begin in mid-2016.
"We're excited to move forward," Horner said. "We think this is the right product for this location."
Since Tampa Bay's apartment boom began, thousands of units have been built in Westshore. But Icon's plans are a departure from the trend because they offer a for-sale product in a dense urban area, in close proximity to millions of square feet of office space and shopping and dining options.
Westshore may be ripe for a for-sale residential development by the time construction begins. At that point, hundreds of people will have been renting in Westshore for years and may be looking to buy a home.
Richman, which is under construction on 357 apartments on the northern portion of the site, bought the land from Without Walls last fall.