Multi-million-dollar makeover of Park Tower, downtown Tampa’s oldest office tower, unveiled

Park Tower in downtown Tampa has a sleek new aesthetic — and nearly two dozen tenants — since its ownership group kicked off a multimillion-dollar renovation in mid-2017.

Park Tower in downtown Tampa unveils multimillion-dollar makeover (Photos) – Tampa Bay Business Journal

The oldest office tower in downtown Tampa has a sleek new aesthetic – and nearly two dozen tenants – since its ownership group kicked off a multimillion-dollar renovation in mid-2017. A partnership of City Office REIT, Feldman Equities and Tower Realty Partners acquired Park Tower in downtown Tampa in late 2016 for $79.75 million.

Park Tower Renovation Complete With Significant Occupancy Achievement

Feldman Equities LLC announced the completion of the extensive multi-million dollar renovation at Park Tower in downtown Tampa.  The value-add program executed since the acquisition of the property has generated significant increases in building occupancy and cash flow.  Including signed leases not yet in occupancy, the building is 94% leased, its highest occupancy in over a decade.

The renovation of Park Tower was instrumental in bringing over 22 new firms to the building, 15 of which are new to downtown Tampa. “The use of glass and light combined with a stellar amenities package succeeded in repositioning this prominent historic structure as one of the most notable and exciting buildings on Tampa’s skyline,” stated Larry Feldman, Chief Executive Officer of Feldman Equities.

“Park Tower’s owners investing millions in renovating the city’s original high-rise is just further proof of Tampa’s renaissance,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Investments like these do not happen every day but what we’re seeing across the city is that not only can we redefine our skyline with new structures but also we can reimagine it with the existing ones.  I look forward to admiring this renovation for years to come.”

In November 2016, a joint venture partnership consisting of City Office REIT, Inc., Feldman Equities and Tower Realty Partners acquired Park Tower for $79.8 million. Since that time, 170,000 square feet of new and renewal leases have been signed, bringing occupancy up from a low of 80% to 94% today.  “The renovation and tenant suite upgrades have completely transformed the building and prospective tenants are responding with high interest,” said Larry Feldman.

The most dramatic change at Park Tower is the modernization of the 471,000 square foot office building’s façade.  In addition to painting the exterior a lighter color, a new and dramatic entrance features a ‘Light Box’ leading into a stunningly renovated lobby, complete with a new Buddy Brew Coffee café. “We love everything about this location and partnership,” said co-owner and CEO of Buddy Brew Coffee, Dave Ward.  The new café’s attractive layout and design feature a cosmopolitan aesthetic and high-end furnishings to match Park Tower’s modernization.

The renovation, designed by internationally-renowned architect Gensler, takes full advantage of Park Tower’s location across from the Tampa Riverwalk. The removal of the concrete knee wall, the installation of glass storefronts with bright lighting and new exterior lighting have made the building much more inviting at the streetscape level.  On the interior, high-quality additions and improvements to common spaces and amenities have been made, including:

  • All new fitness center and yoga room with spin bikes
  • The all new Buddy Brew Coffee café
  • 6th floor “Chill Zone” tenant lounge
  • Shared tenant conference room
  • New lobby concierge desk
  • Renovated parking garage with new LED lighting

www.parktowertampa.com

About City Office REIT, Inc.

City Office REIT is an internally-managed real estate company focused on acquiring, owning and operating high-quality office properties located in leading 18-hour cities in the Southern and Western United States. City Office currently owns or has a controlling interest in 5.7 million square feet of office properties. Additional information about City Office is available on the Company’s website at www.cityofficereit.com. The Company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 About Feldman Equities, LLC 

Over the past 30 years, Feldman Equities has developed or acquired over eleven million square feet of office and retail properties with an aggregate value in excess of $3 billion. Feldman is a “re-inventor” of the office building and specializes in turning around distressed office assets. Feldman Equities and its partners own and manage 1.9 million square feet of office space in the Tampa Bay area.

About Tower Realty Partners 

Tower Realty Partners is a privately held, commercial real estate investment & management company based in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 1987 by principals Cliff Stein & Reid Berman, Tower Realty Partners has been involved in the acquisition, leasing, and management of over 20 million square feet of real estate totaling in excess of $1.6 billion in transactions.

PIPELINE TO BRING ITS UNIQUE BRAND OF SHARED WORKSPACES TO DOWNTOWN TAMPA’S PARK TOWER

The national co-working concept’s first Tampa location will offer open space, dedicated desks and private offices. Spaces will range from $199 to over $5,000 per month.

Pipeline Workspaces announced its seventh US location and first in the Tampa Bay market. The national shared workspace concept will occupy the entire 15th Floor at Park Tower situated in the heart of downtown Tampa.  This announcement comes just six months after the shared workspace company made its entrance into the Central Florida market with Pipeline Orlando.

Pipeline is a shared workspace concept that caters to a diverse community of entrepreneurs, corporate teams and professionals that require a higher level of office space design, sense of community and thought-provoking programming. Flexible membership options designed to accommodate every budget span a variety of packages, from virtual offices to private suites. All members enjoy 24/7 access, free high-speed internet (wired and Wi-Fi), high-design furniture, organic coffee and specialty teas, and receptionist services as well as use of a business center, conference rooms and much more.

Pipeline Tampa will approximately 15,000 square feet at Park Tower Tampa located at 400 North Tampa St. in the heart of the Central Business District.  The premier office building is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar modernization that will further position the property as one of downtown’s most sought-after office towers.

CBRE brokers Shay Pope and Mike Fisher represented Pipeline Workspaces in the lease negotiations. Feldman Equities’ Mike DiBlasi and Ceci Tricoli represented the Park Tower ownership group.

“The Pipeline deal is significant for downtown Tampa,” said Mike DiBlasi, Feldman Equities Executive Vice President for Leasing and Marketing. “Tampa is joining the likes of Miami in attracting one of the country’s preeminent shared workspace companies to its urban core.”  

Leading the design of the Pipeline space will be world renowned architecture firm Gensler.

“Over the past several years, we have been successful in building a deep and knowledgeable team that has enhanced our operations and platform as Pipeline has evolved from a start-up with one location to a national enterprise,” stated Pipeline Co-

Founder Todd Oretsky. “This expansion is signifying the next stage of our brand’s accelerated growth.”

As one of the 25 fastest growing cities in the US, according to Forbes, Tampa is an ideal location for the expansion of Pipeline’s Florida network of shared workspaces. The brand currently has four locations in South Florida –– Brickell, Coral Gables, Doral and Fort Lauderdale –– in addition to its shared workspace in Philadelphia and new space opening soon in Orlando.

“Tampa’s economy, driven by its growing financial services and information technology sectors, is booming. Major investment in the revitalization of its urban core combined with a tight office market provide a receptive environment for the kind of business and social network Pipeline fosters,” said Pipeline Co-Founder Philippe Houdard. “In Tampa, we aim to create a place where a community of individuals at different stages of the business cycle can leverage each other’s talents and resources. We’re also establishing a statewide network for our Florida members that they can tap into for their businesses.”

Pipeline has provided collaborative workspaces for teams from leading international companies such as Google, Uber, Priceline, Postmates, Microsoft and Wendy’s, as well as local professional service firms and independent entrepreneurs. To learn more about Pipeline, visit www.pipelineworkspaces.com.

About Pipeline Workspaces

Pipeline Workspaces is a creatively-designed, shared workspace with a diverse community of entrepreneurs, start-ups, independent professionals and small business teams.  Pipeline is membership based and offers a flexible assortment of private offices, dedicated desks, flexible space, and virtual offices – as well as a café, large event space, lounge, technology-enhanced conference rooms and more. To learn more, visit www.pipelineworkspaces.com and follow the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Park Tower Renovations Underway – Building experiences STRONG Leasing MOMENTUM

2017 was a good year for Tampa’s Park Tower. A new ownership group consisting of City Office REIT, Feldman Equities LLC and Tower Realty Partners commenced a multi-million dollar renovation at Park Tower to be completed this summer. Since acquiring Park Tower, eleven new tenants have leased space at the building. Mike DiBlasi, Feldman Equities Executive Vice President for Leasing and Marketing expects 2018 to be even better. “The renovation announcement really jump-started our leasing efforts in 2017,” said DiBlasi. The largest of those deals was a 10,500 square foot lease with CAPTRUST Advisors, LLC to relocate their headquarters to the building. In 2017, DiBlasi and Leasing Representative Ceci Tricoli leased over 44,000 square feet of new space before renovations began, and have signed proposals in-hand for an additional 15,000 square feet.

The ownership group successfully converted an empty 14,685 square foot full floor to move-in ready spec suites ranging in size from 1,500 square feet to 3,500 square feet. The suites have been quickly absorbed by the market.  “We hope to convert another floor to move-in ready suites this year — unless of course, a full floor user sweeps in first.” said DiBlasi. “Once the renovations are completed this summer, including the addition of a swanky new Buddy Brew Coffee café in the lobby, Park Tower will be more than 90% leased for the first time in over a decade.”

DiBlasi expects the renovations and spectacular views of Hillsborough Bay, the Hillsborough River and the Downtown Tampa skyline to advance the quick lease-up of the building’s remaining office space. “We have had tremendous success leasing up our past projects after completing our renovations – current occupancy is over 97%. Park Tower should be similarly successful. This is a great opportunity for tenants of all sizes to move into the heart of downtown,” said DiBlasi.

In November 2016, a joint venture partnership consisting of City Office REIT, Feldman Equities LLC and Tower Realty Partners acquired Park Tower. New leases signed include the headquarters relocation of CAPTRUST Advisors, LLC, Buddy Brew Coffee and Continuity Logic, LLC. The building is anchored by BB&T, United States Department of Justice – US Attorney’s Office, Level 3 Communications, and Lykes Insurance.

The most significant change underway at Park Tower is the modernization and brightening of the 475,000 square foot office building’s façade by painting the exterior white and upgrading the main entrance. The building’s amenities are also being upgraded with a modern, new lobby and the addition of Buddy Brew Coffee café.  The office tower’s design was created by internationally-renowned architect Gensler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the works are new tenant amenities, including: 

  • High-end, Buddy Brew Coffee, lobby café with seating
  • 6th floor “Chill Zone” tenant lounge
  • All new fitness center and yoga room with spin bikes
  • Shared tenant conference room
  • New lobby concierge desk
  • Renovated parking garage with new LED lighting

Park Tower is located in the heart of downtown Tampa directly across from The Tampa Riverwalk & Hillsborough River; Curtis Hixon and Gaslight Parks; and the Glazer Children’s Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art.  It is within walking distance of the Tampa Convention Center, University of Tampa, and the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. The tower is LEED EB Gold Certified and EPA Energy Star certified.  The tower’s current amenities include FedEx Office, U.S. Post Office, BB&T Bank, Grow Financial Credit Union, Pearl Salon, Nature’s Table Café, and a fitness center and conference room (currently undergoing renovation).

Buddy Brew Coffee To Open A New Retail Location In Downtown Tampa’s Park Tower

Tampa’s beloved specialty coffee roaster, Buddy Brew Coffee with the passion to Brew Good and Do Good, announced today that they will open a new coffee shop location in downtown Tampa’s Park Tower. 

 “We are excited to be opening a location in the heart of downtown Tampa and thrilled to be part of the beautiful renovation plan for Park Tower.  We are delighted about City Office REIT and Feldman Equities’ plan to make the building come alive by creating a beautiful space for building community and connection in our urban center. These plans perfectly align with our Buddy Brew mission – to share joy and inspire hope that transforms our community.  The new Park Tower will do exactly that. As a home-grown Tampa brand, we are overjoyed by this opportunity to share this mission with our downtown Tampa community.  We love everything about this location and partnership,” said co-owner and CEO of Buddy Brew Coffee, Dave Ward.

“Buddy Brew is an integral part of Park Tower’s multi-million dollar renovation as we focus on providing tenants with a top notch amenity package,” commented co-owner Larry Feldman, CEO of Feldman Equities. This new Buddy Brew Coffee cafe will boast a unique layout and design created by Tampa’s own premier architectural firm, Alfonso Architects. The design will feature a cosmopolitan aesthetic and high-end furnishings to match Park Tower’s modernization.  Buddy Brew plans to offer their full menu of coffee drinks, eclectic culinary dishes and select pastries as well as craft beer and wine.

Buddy Brew Coffee’s newest expansion will allow the company to bring their quality specialty coffee and Brew Good Do Good service to downtown Tampa.  With the addition of the company’s sixth location, Buddy Brew Coffee is making strides to build brand awareness throughout the Tampa Bay area and beyond.

About Buddy Brew Coffee

Buddy Brew Coffee, specialty coffee craft roaster, was founded by Dave and Susan Ward in 2010 with their first roaster and coffee bar in the heart of Tampa, Florida. Since then, they have rapidly expanded with four additional locations: a Coffee Bar at Oxford Exchange, Buddy Brew in Sarasota, Buddy Brew Hyde Park Village and Buddy Brew Coffee in Terminal F of the Tampa International Airport.

About Park Tower

In November 2016, a joint venture partnership consisting of City Office REIT, Feldman Equities LLC and Tower Realty Partners acquired Park Tower, a 36-story, 475,000 square foot office building located in downtown Tampa.  They have since embarked on an extensive multi-million dollar renovation.

The most dramatic change at Park Tower will be the modernization of the building’s façade which includes painting the exterior a lighter color and a new and dramatic entrance.  The building’s amenities will be also upgraded, including a striking new lobby featuring Buddy Brew Coffee. 

The office tower’s updated design by internationally-renowned architect Gensler will create a Class-A experience that persists from the sidewalk to the tenant door. 

In addition to exterior renovations, plans include the addition of new tenant amenities, including:

  • Buddy Brew Coffee
  • 6th floor “Chill Zone” tenant lounge
  • All new fitness center and yoga room with spin bikes
  • Shared tenant conference room
  • New lobby concierge desk
  • Renovated parking garage with new LED lighting

About Feldman Equities, LLC 

Over the past 30 years, Feldman Equities has developed or acquired over eleven million square feet of office and retail properties with an aggregate value in excess of $3 billion. Feldman is a “re-inventor” of the office building and specializes in turning around distressed office assets. Feldman Equities and its partners own and manage 1.6 million square feet of office space in downtown Tampa and downtown St. Petersburg. www.feldmanequities.com

 About Tower Realty Partners 

Tower Realty Partners is a privately held, commercial real estate investment & management company based in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 1987 by principals Cliff Stein & Reid Berman, Tower Realty partners has been involved in the acquisition, leasing, and management of over 20 million square feet of real estate totaling in excess of $1.6 billion in transactions. www.towerrealtypartners.com

Downtown Tampa’s Park Tower To Get Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

In conjunction with City Office REIT, Inc. (NYSE: CIO) (“City Office” or the “Company”) Feldman Equities and Tower Realty Partners have commenced an extensive multi-million renovation on downtown Tampa, Florida’s Park Tower.

In November 2016, a joint venture partnership consisting of City Office, Feldman Equities LLC and Tower Realty Partners acquired Park Tower for $79.75 million.  These groups have partnered together and previously renovated other notable office buildings in the downtown St. Petersburg, Florida market. 

The most dramatic change at Park Tower will be the modernization of the 475,000 square foot office building’s façade which includes painting the exterior a lighter color and a new and dramatic entrance.

The building’s amenities will be also upgraded with a striking new lobby.   “The renovation of Park Tower will use glass and light to reposition this prominent historic structure as one of the most notable and exciting buildings on Tampa’s skyline,” stated James Farrar, Chief Executive Officer of City Office. 

Internationally-renowned architect Gensler is the designer for both the exterior façade and the building amenities.  The updated design extends a brand to Park Tower that will create a Class-A experience that persists from the sidewalk to the tenant door.  “The opportunity to renovate our city’s original high rise is a real honor, and we’re excited to reposition Park Tower as one of the premium assets in the downtown core,” stated Bert Oliva, Principal and Managing Director of Gensler’s Tampa office.

“We are taking full advantage of Park Tower’s location across from the Tampa Riverwalk,” said Larry Feldman, Chief Executive of Feldman Equities LLC.  “The removal of high perimeter knee walls and installation of stunning glass storefronts with bright lighting will immediately announce the entrance and make it inviting to the streetscape.” 

In addition to exterior renovations, plans include the addition of new tenant amenities, including:

  • High-end lobby café with seating
  • 6th floor “Chill Zone” tenant lounge
  • All new fitness center and yoga room with spin bikes
  • Shared tenant conference room
  • New lobby concierge desk
  • Renovated parking garage with new LED lighting

Mike DiBlasi, Feldman Equities Executive Vice President for Leasing and Marketing, expects the renovations and spectacular views of Hillsborough Bay, the Hillsborough River and the Downtown Tampa skyline to assist with the quick lease-up of the building’s remaining office space.  “We have had tremendous success at leasing up our past projects after completing our renovation plans, and we expect that Park Tower will be similarly successful.  Park Tower currently has full floor availabilities, including a full floor of just-built, move-in ready spec suites.  This is a great opportunity for tenants of all sizes to move into the heart of downtown,” said DiBlasi. 

CITY OFFICE REIT, FELDMAN EQUITIES, AND TOWER REALTY JOINT VENTURE ACQUIRES PARK TOWER IN DOWNTOWN TAMPA

Park TowerA joint venture consisting of affiliates of NYSE listed City Office REIT (NYSE: CIO), Feldman Equities LLC, and Tower Realty Partners has acquired Park Tower, a 36-story, 475,000 square foot office building located in downtown Tampa. The joint venture purchased the office building for $79.75 million.

The joint venture intends to make a substantial investment in the property to modernize the building. The building is approximately 86% leased. Its anchor tenants include BB&T, United States Department of Justice – US Attorney’s Office, Level 3 Communications, and Lykes Insurance.

City Office REIT currently owns approximately 1.0 million square feet of office properties in the Tampa Bay market. “We are strong believers in the Tampa Bay market with its tremendous job and population growth and are excited to add Park Tower to our expanding portfolio,” commented Jamie Farrar, CEO of City Office REIT.

“As with our other downtown acquisitions, this is yet another opportunity for us to do what we do best – renovating and upgrading office buildings in order to maximize their value,” commented co-owner Larry Feldman, CEO of Feldman Equities. Mike DiBlasi, Feldman Equities Executive Vice President for Leasing and Marketing, will lead leasing efforts. “Located at the corner of Kennedy Blvd. and Tampa St., Park Tower sits on the most important intersection in Tampa. This is a great opportunity for a tenant looking to move into the heart of downtown,” said DiBlasi. Park Tower offers spectacular views of Hillsborough Bay, the Hillsborough River, and the Downtown Tampa skyline.

“Downtown Tampa is undergoing a remarkable revitalization with numerous residential developments and the emergence of the Tampa Riverwalk entertainment district,” stated Feldman. “We are elated to be at the forefront of the downtown’s revitalization.”

About City Office REIT, Inc. http://www.cityofficereit.com/
City Office REIT is an internally-managed real estate company focused on acquiring, owning and operating high-quality office properties located in leading markets in the Southern and Western United States. City Office currently owns or has an interest in 4.0 million square feet of office properties. Additional information about City Office is available on the Company’s website at www.cityofficereit.com. The Company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

About Feldman Equities, LLC www.feldmanequities.com
Over the past 30 years, Feldman Equities has developed or acquired over eleven million square feet of office and retail properties with an aggregate value in excess of $3.0 billion. Feldman is a “re-inventor” of the office building and specializes in turning around distressed office assets. Feldman Equities and its partners own and manage 1.6 million square feet of office space in downtown Tampa and downtown St. Petersburg.

About Tower Realty Partners www.towerrealtypartners.com
Tower Realty Partners is a privately held, commercial real estate investment & management company based in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 1987 by principals Cliff Stein & Reid Berman, Tower Realty partners has been involved in the acquisition, leasing, and management of over 20 million square feet of real estate totaling in excess of $1.6 billion in transactions.