A Tampa developer who picked up a prime corner of downtown's Channel district earlier this year has revealed its plans for the property.

Liberty Group is planning a nine-story hotel with seven-story parking garage at 1155 E. Kennedy Blvd., where Kennedy Boulevard intersects with North Meridian Avenue.

Liberty, which acquired the vacant .95-acre parcel in May for $3.25 million, is seeking a non-substantial change approval from the city of Tampa, as its proposed development is smaller than a site plan approved for that property in 2007.

Non-substantial changes are determined by city staff and not subject to public hearing or city council vote.

The new site plan, filed with the city on Monday, shows a 213-room Hampton Inn & Home 2 Suites by Hilton with 198 parking spaces. The ground floor of the hotel, at 14,899 square feet, will include a Starbucks coffee shop and lounge seating, according to the site plan.

A swimming pool and terrace are planned for the seventh level.

Punit Shah, CEO of Liberty Group, said the project could break ground in the third quarter of 2017.

"Our construction drawings are not complete so it will still be several months before we pull a building permit," he said.

Liberty's property is adjacent to The Slade, a fractured condominium with ground-floor retail, and Grand Central at Kennedy, a condominium tower with ground-floor retail. The site is less than two blocks from two other major developments: The Fitzgerald, a luxury apartment community, and Channel Club, which includes a 21-story apartment tower and Publix Super Markets Inc. store.

It is also less than a quarter mile from where Strategic Property Partners is planning a $3 billion, mixed-use district that is also slated to include at least two hotels. The hotels SPP is planning are different product types from what Liberty has proposed — SPP's hotels include a 150-room boutique hotel topped by 30 condominium units as well as a large convention hotel.

While Tampa's downtown has continued to attract new events and residents, a hotel hasn't been built in the urban core since 2014, when Liberty redeveloped Aloft Tampa Downtown and Le Meridien opened in the former federal courthouse.

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