PREMIER OFFICE & RETAIL SPACE
In the heart of the Westshore District
A steady thrum of life courses through the Westshore business district as over 4,000 businesses draw employees and customers to the area each day. Not only do more people work the Westshore business district than downtown Tampa, but it is also the largest office market in all of Florida.
Westshore City Center, formerly known as the Austin Center, hosts 300,000 square feet of the bustling area’s office space in its 5 office towers along North Westshore Boulevard. Ally Capital Group, a Tampa investment firm, purchased the Westshore City Center in January of 2019. Now partnered with Franklin Street, one of the fastest-growing full-service commercial real estate firms in the southeast, both teams are ready to roll up their sleeves to renovate and revitalize the 1970’s property into a prime workplace address located in the heart of the Westshore District.
PROVIDING LEASING, MANAGEMENT, insurance, financing & REDEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Founded in 2006 during one of the toughest real estate climates, Franklin Street focused on delivering value-added solutions to meet the evolving needs of clients. Through a collaborative philosophy of leveraging the resources, expertise and experience of each of its divisions – Investment Sales, Tenant and Landlord Representation, Capital Advisory, Insurance, Property Management and Project Management – Franklin Street offers unmatched value and optimal solutions for clients nationwide.
OWNER & VISIONARY
Ally Capital Group, LLC (“ACG”), invests in Fee Simple and debt instruments associated with real estate assets. Since its inception, the Company has acquired a portfolio of properties in multiple asset classes including multi-family, retail, office, and mixed-use. In addition, ACG has completed commercial real estate development projects and executed on complex distressed opportunities through note acquisitions, recapitalization buyouts, and bankruptcy foreclosures.
CEO & Managing Partner
"The Westshore Business District is integral to the economic development of our city. Franklin Street is proud to lead the transformation of Westshore City Center by activating the site with a walkable, community-based campus, affordable modern offices, and new retail and restaurant spaces.
“The Westshore City Center site has stood the test of time. After four decades, it remains a prime location for business within the Westshore District. The renovations complement our shared vision for West Shore Boulevard as the pedestrian-friendly main street for the District.
Ally Capital Group
"This acquisition presented us with a rare opportunity to acquire a prime property located in Tampa’s premier office submarket. We plan to make significant capital improvements in the first two years and reposition the center’s profile as a prime workplace address in the heart of the Westshore District.
OFFICE & RETAIL
Westshore City Center has both retail and office space available for lease with the best rates in Westshore. Over 30,000 cars pass through the area daily and there is easy access to and from the interstate. Ideal for businesses, the Center is also located in close proximity to the Tampa International Airport.
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The History of Westshore City Center
For only 67 cents a square foot, Al Austin and his father purchased 17 acres of land between the newly built Interstate 275 and an old Army base that served as Tampa's first airport.
Al began to build office buildings off the two lane road that would become Westshore Boulevard, forever transforming the land that was once dominated by orange groves, pine forests and cow pastures.
Construction of Al's buildings is completed and named the "Austin Center."
The 5 buildings total 300,000 square feet of office space across a 10.4 acre parcel.
Redstone Development Group acquired the Austin Center buildings in 2015 as the second group to ever own the property.
Ally Capital Group Acquires the Austin Center from Redstone Development Group.
Franklin Street is chosen as the exclusive leasing agency, property manager and insurance services provider for Austin Center. Franklin Street also relocated its headquarters to a 22,000-square-foot office space in the newly refurbished 1311 building.