Franklin exchange lofts
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 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
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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