Water Street Tampa launching vertical construction, starting with JW Marriott on April 24

The planned JW Marriott hotel will be built next door to the existing Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. Image via Strategic Property Partners

TAMPA — Water Street Tampa will formally start construction on its 26-story JW Marriott hotel on April 24, developers said Friday.

The ground-breaking will mark the launch of the first phase of vertical construction on the long-awaited Water Street Tampa redevelopment.

The $3 billion project aims to transform the waterfront with a new medical school building for the University of South Florida, a medical arts office building, apartment and condominium towers, a grocery store, a new home for the Museum of Science and Industry, along with ground-floor stores and restaurants.

When complete in 2020, the 519-room JW Marriott at 615 S Morgan St. is expected to have Tampa’s highest roof-top bar and biggest hotel ballroom, plus a four-story atrium and a full-service restaurant on the ground floor.

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The sixth floor will have a spa and fitness area, plus another restaurant with outdoor seating, a bar, an event lawn, a pool and sun terrace.

Rising next to the Tampa Marriott Waterwide Hotel & Marina and between the Tampa Convention Center and Amalie Arena, the hotel also has been welcomed as a boost to the city’s ability to attract more, bigger and more prestigious conventions.

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Water Street Tampa is a project of Strategic Property Partners, the development company formed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Microsoft founder Bill Gates through his personal wealth fund, Cascade Investment.

Contact Richard Danielson at rdanielson@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3403. Follow @Danielson_Times

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