Lately, the most popular direction to go in Tampa is “up,” in the form of condo towers of ever-increasing height. The 34-story, 80-unit Arris Tower is no exception. Named for an architectural term that refers to the sharp edge formed by the meeting of two flat or curved surfaces, the Arris Tower is intended to be an architectural masterpiece to serve as a fitting neighbor to the law firm that counts among its partners one of the owners of the land on which the hotel will be constructed.
At 34 stories, Arris will offer sweeping views of all the beauty that the Bay has to offer. Joining legendary properties such as the SkyPoint tower, at 32 stories, and the planned Eleve in the Channel District and Riverwalk Place, at 35 stories, Arris will be amongst the tallest condo towers in the region when construction wraps up in the coming years. Though massive, the Arris Tower is intended to be low-density, with no more than four units per floor.
Speaking of individual units, those units are planned to range from 1,100 to over 3,700 square feet, providing plenty of diversity in purchase options. Expected prices top out at over $2 million, with prices on the low end at around $600,000. In addition to residential units, a large parking area will occupy a good portion of the tower, providing residents with ample parking that is both convenient and secure.
Aside from stellar design, convenience is the main focus for Sarasota-based Ascentia and Batson-Cook Development, the two firms who are teaming up to develop the tower. In addition to ample on-site parking, a restaurant is planned to occupy the entire ground floor of the complex, providing a fine-dining option for residents just steps from their front door. Additionally, Arris’s location, at 507 N. Ashley Drive, places residents in the heart of the Bay’s dining, entertainment, and shopping options, adding even more convenience for residents of Arris.
With groundbreaking slated for early next year, it is an exciting and busy time for the president of Ascentia Development Group, Jay Tallman. With Arris on the horizon, his company is currently wrapping up construction on the Virage condo tower, another jewel in Tampa’s crown that, with closings still months away, already has 67 of its 71 units spoken for.
In many ways, the Arris Tower represents all that is unique and exciting about the Bay, with residents enjoying views of Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park, the Hillsborough River and the minarets of the University of Tampa. Beyond these beautiful Tampa Bay sites, however, the tower itself represents optimism in and excitement for the future of Tampa, a feeling which is being sensed by people from all across the country and world.
“Up” may be the most popular direction to go in the Bay area, but the more the area travels “up,” it serves to allow the area to reach in another direction, as well: out. That is, to reach out to new residents who get to experience this unique location for the very first time.