Aviation board okays tall condo near runway
The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board unanimously agreed to allow the construction of the Elevé 61 condominiums near the Florida Aquarium, which at 36 stories would be one of the Tampa Bay area’s tallest residential buildings. Tampa-based Mercury Advisors plans to start construction on the 393-foottall tower in mid 2019 at the southwest corner of E Whiting Street and Channelside Drive. That puts it just 1.6 miles from one of the runways at Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands.
The aviation authority has to approve any building over 200 feet tall within 3 miles of the airport. By comparison, the Element apartments in downtown Tampa are
460 feet, and the Signature Place condos in downtown St. Petersburg are 381 feet. The Federal Aviation Administration does not have a problem with the high-rise, as long as the building is topped with a red warning light and takes steps to minimize sunlight glinting off its windows. Prices for Elevé 61 condos run from $800,000 to $1.8 million.