New ten­ants are on the way

Tampa Bay Times - - Front Page - BY SARA DINATALE Times Staff Writer

The for­mer LA Fit­ness space in Hyde Park Vil­lage will be transformed into sev­eral smaller re­tail parcels.

The com­plex has plans for sev­eral busi­nesses to re­place LA Fit­ness.

TAMPA — Hyde Park Vil­lage is prim­ing for new ten­ants to fill the large hole that LA Fit­ness left be­hind about a year ago.

It ap­pears the for­mer gym will be transformed into sev­eral smaller re­tail parcels with an up­dated fa­cade, ac­cord­ing to ar­chi­tec­tural and con­struc­tion ap­pli­ca­tions filed with the city this month.

Com­plex owner WS De­vel­op­ment is pre­par­ing for new ten­ants in the space, spokes­woman Lisa Brock con­firmed, but she did not say which busi­nesses could be mov­ing into the spots or give a timetable.

It has been five years since Bos­ton­based WS De­vel­op­ment bought the once strug­gling open-air mall for $45 mil­lion. Af­ter mas­sive ren­o­va­tions, Hyde Park Vil­lage has turned into a South Tampa hot spot for eat­ing and lux­ury shop­ping.

The ap­pli­ca­tions WS De­vel­op­ment filed asks the city for “sub­stan­tial change ap­proval” to ren­o­vate “Block D,” the prop­erty be­tween South Vil­lage Circle and Swann Av­enue.

The bulk of the prop­erty had been an LA Fit­ness gym, with stores West Elm and Brooks Brothers be­hind it. The plans call for those two stores to be left alone but the re­main­ing 30,000-plus square feet to be di­vided into six re­tail and restau­rant spa­ces, the largest about 12,400 square feet and the small­est about 2,000.

The pro­posal in­cludes up­dat­ing the

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