Chancey Design is proud to announce the start of a new project in Ybor City, The Marti Apartments. Below are excerpts from an article published in the Tampa Bay Times.
After nearly two years of trying, City Hall appears to have a buyer with a big plan for a high-profile corner in Ybor City. The buyer is a partnership between Ariel Quintela and Darryl Shaw, the CEO of BluePearl Veterinary. Quintela and Shaw have teamed up with Chancey Design Partnership, who are located on the neighboring property, and have planned a project with 100 apartments, 8,000 square feet of retail space and an underground parking garage with about 100 spaces.
Along with having exposed brick, balconies with wrought-iron railings and other architectural features common to Ybor City’s social clubs, it would convert the existing alley on the block into a bricked public walkway and garden courtyard.
“It’s a really lovely plan,” Tampa economic opportunity administrator Bob McDonaugh told City Council members , and was influenced by “buildings in Spain and Italy that have a face to the street and then an internal courtyard where people can enjoy a green space and a quiet space.”
“We believe that what Ybor needs is residents,” Quintela said Thursday. “It needs people living there actively participating in the city. Bringing back people is the first step of making Ybor City come back to where it used to be.”