New tenants are on the way
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