212 lofts

 

2003

C 212 Lofts will turn two warehouses into funky loft living quarters, a hot trend around the country.

The planned construction of an 18-unit loft complex in the industrial District makes it harder to dismiss residents of the emerging urban village as chasers of a pipe dream.

"Let's put it this way," "Everybody who's moved down here, nobody's moved out. I don't know of a single family that's left."

And more residents are likely to move in after construction begins sometime in March on c 212 Lofts. The project will refurbish two existing warehouses that stretch along the east side

The units, ranging in size from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet, will be priced from $155,000 to $315,000, according to developers.

loft living spaces, which have been a waxing trend in cities around the country. Now the concept has taken hold in Tampa.

lofts -- dwellings converted from warehouse space with exposed structural elements and industrially flavored textures and surfaces -- make the most sense in downtown environments.

"Nowadays, everybody works all the time," "So everybody lives and works kind of in the same space."

With c 212, will give that concept an intriguing new twist. Interior space will become communal exterior, cut open a lengthwise swath through the middle of project's main warehouse.

That will create two separate loft complexes with a communal courtyard between them. The original roofing trusses will span the gap, alluding to the space's enclosed origins.

the rest of exterior aesthetic as "residential warehouse." add lots of wood to surfaces, to counteract the coldness of metal and concrete block surfaces.

The District's evolution from a warehouse and light industrial area to urban village has been slow but steady. In the past decade a small band of residents has colonized the district, attracted by the prospect of homes merged with work space.

They've been joined in recent years by the Florida Aquarium, Ice Palace, Garrison Sea Port, and the Shops at Channelside.

"Everything is happening down here,"

"The movie theaters are here, new restaurants, cruise ship terminals, Ice Palace. We walked to Jimmy Buffett last night."

"As far as a neighborhood with a picket fence, it may not be,"

"But it's definitely going to become an urban neighborhood."

 

 

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