Empty Ybor City lot will soon include the Sterling Cigar Lounge & Bar, Airbnb rentals and a restaurant

This empty lot in Ybor City near 7-Eleven and King Corona Cigars is finally getting a makeover.

The new Seventh Avenue concept will help bring the charm of old Ybor into Tampa Bay’s bustling real estate market, when a multi-faceted building containing 8 Airbnb units, a restaurant and the Sterling Cigar Lounge & Bar will open between 7-11 and Ink Spot tattoo parlour.

Construction of the 45-foot-tall infill building has already begun, but there is no opening date, according to obsessed with permits development website Tampa Tomorrow.

The 2,444-square-foot ground floor will be leased to an undetermined restaurant, according to TT, while the second and third floors, which have identical plans, will house the 8 Airbnb suites in the short term. While we don’t know much about the Cigar Lounge just yet, the rooftop bar will certainly have seats facing 7th Avenue to meet all your Ybor people-watching needs.

Tampa Tomorrow Says Locally Based Business Wilder architecture is responsible for the design of the 4 floors, Space of 94 by 26 feet. The company, which has carried out several historic preservation operations projects throughout the city, will design this infill building to coincide with the architectural integrity of its 7th Avenue neighbors, which means, you guessed it, lots of exposed brick.

The term “filling developmentis generally used to describe the process of restoring or renovating pre-existing building structures. Infills are especially important in places like Ybor City, as they help keep the area’s deep history and culture intact; the rooftop Sterling Cigar Lounge & Bar will continue this trend typically seen in big cities.

The new cigar lounge and bar is expected to have competition throughout downtown, especially from King Corona Cigars & Cafe which is two doors down, as well as Tabanero Cigars, Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Co. and Ybor Cigars Plus, which are within walking distance of the new building.

A 2019 study by MashvisorComment said the average daily rate for an Airbnb in Tampa was $141, but only time will tell how much these new 7th Avenue short-term rentals will go for Ybor City’s latest infill concept.

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