Franklin exchange lofts

Floors: 22
Height: 280 ft
Groundbreaking: 1965
Completion: May 21, 1966

Type: Commercial
Status: Completed

 

2000

The Franklin Exchange Building was constructed in 1966 and was Tampa's first "modern" skyscraper (if you can call it that). It is 22 floors high, and looks it's age. Franklin Exchange Bank was founded locally in the 1880s when Plant's railroad came to town. Franklin Exchange was purchased by NCNB, and for a while the tower was the center of that bank's Florida operations. When NCNB Plaza was finished in early 1988, the building became largely vacant and the NCNB logo came down. In 2000, the interior was extensively remodeled and the exterior repainted from a very ugly blue and white - to a neutral grey.

In 2000, the outdoor mural project draped the tower with a large painting, the paintings are switched out occasionally and it gives the old Franklin Exchange building a bit of luster. In 2003, with the building largely empty, developers suggested turning it into lofts, a proposal that is still up in the air.

The Franklin Exchange building in it's element, the older portion of Tampa north of Kennedy Blvd. As it becomes more popular from a residential perspective, this area is set to be reborn as one of the hot places to live in the city.

Until NCNB Plaza was completed in 1988, it's logo replaced the old Franklin Exchange sign.  

 

Franklin Street Pedestrian Mall
The Franklin Street Corridor is the 56 block area bounded by Ashley to the west, Marion to the east, I-275 to the north and the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway to the south. A six-block section of North Franklin Street (between Cass and Jackson Streets) is closed to vehicular traffic. In recent years, the pedestrian mall has shown significant retail loss, notably Maas Brothers and Woolworth's; however, smaller tenants have begun to fill vacant space along the corridor.

The Franklin Street Task Force intends to make Franklin Street more user friendly and may include designing a public open space at the entrance of the Tampa Marriott Waterside enhancing the crossings of Franklin Street between the hotel and the convention center.

Also under consideration: improvements to the sidewalks and landscape between Brorien and Whiting Streets; redesign of the south end of the Esplanade to attract more direct pedestrian access along the west side of the street; enhancing Lykes Square with a gazebo, piece of art or fountain at its center; lining the sidewalks on the north, west and south sides with shade trees; and reworking the mall to permit for vehicular access during certain hours of the day.

Franklin Exchange Building
The Wilson company, long known for developing Tampa Bay landmarks and providing outstanding value and service, brings its experience and reputation of tenant satisfaction to Franklin Exchange. these three buildings - the 22-story tower, the 7-story annex and the 3-story 1923 original bank building have been renovated as the new Franklin Exchange. Tenants and visitors alike will enjoy the new common area and interior finished and a new tranquil pocket park at the 250,000 square-foot Franklin Exchange. 

Franklin Exchange
A Tampa landmark, comprised of three buildings - the 22-story tower, 7-story annex and 3-story, 1923 Exchange National Bank- has been renovated as the new Franklin Exchange. Strategically located, Franklin Exchange occupies a full city block bound by Franklin, Zack, Florida and Twiggs. The Federal and County Courthouses are nearby. Franklin Exchange, with abundant and convenient deck parking, features a tranquil park at the corner of Franklin and Zack with oaks, a relaxing water feature and inviting seating.

Number of floors: 22

Built in 1966 / renovated 2000

Parking ratio: 2/1000

Min/max rent range: $15.00/$20.00

Typical floor:: 5,500 - 13,756 rsf

Rentable square feet: 114,848 (22 Story) - 22,100 (7 Story) Available

Min. square feet available:: 1,686 (7 Story) - 1,800 (22 Story)

Total square feet: 22 Story: 211,244 / 7 Story: 45,357

 

 

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