let's count all of the things in common with this ferg's
I asked Jay what he wanted this new place to be known for, and he was definitive in his response.
They plan on having live music at least 6 nights a week. He actually said he wanted it to be known as the "Jannus Landing of Tampa." Now that's a big feat. He is calling Ferg's Live a Concert Venue.
There will be music starting 3 hours prior to any Lightning Game or Major event happening at he Arena, and then a regular schedule for other nights.
There's a nice and pretty unique stage for the bands and DJ's to play on as well. The yellow structure on the second level shown in this photo is the stage.
Another interesting feature is the special VIP Room that is located on the first level under the stage. This room holds up to 25 people and is available to be reserved/rented out. It will come with the space and a roped off area in front of the space as well. Oh, and it is fully air-conditioned!
The outside area is huge in it of itself. There is 4,000 sq ft of outdoor space covered under the awning and I would guess another 4-5k sq. ft in the open area. The total capacity of the venue is just under 1,000.
tidbits of interest to residents
Lunch - There will be lunch served 7 days a week. Residents and people who work downtown now have another lunch spot.
Parking - There are 175 spaces of free parking next to Ferg's. And if that runs out, there are another 200 spots right behind them with only a $1 charge. But there is catch... That is only available if there is nothing happening at the Arena. If there is an event across the street, you are on your own to find parking.
Dogs - For those of you with dogs, which we know is most of you, your canine companion is welcome in the outdoor areas of the venue.
Bikes - There is a Coast Bike Share location right outside of the venue. If we ever get more than the one bike share location that we currently have in Channelside, this may be a good option. If you are riding your own bike, there are plenty of spaces to lock up on the iron gate that encloses the entire venue.
Happy Hours - Happy Hours will be weekdays from 3-7pm. We mentioned to Jay that most of the residents we know are not able to make happy hours that end at 7pm. We find that people who live in Channelide for the most part work late, then go to the gym or workout, and then after all of that, they may want to go grab a drink and some food. He's considering a later happy hour until 10pm just for this reason.
Sundaze - Looking for something relaxed and beach-like to do on Sundays without having to drive all the way out to the beach? Us too!
Ferg's will be doing a weekly event they are calling "Sundaze." Every Sunday starting April 12th they will have a Jimmy Buffet style band starting at 1pm, a Bloody Mary Bar, Green Egg grills making some BBQ, beach games in the courtyard, and the best part... No shirts or shoes required!
Ferg's and Irish 31 are celebrating in a big way. A 4-day celebration where you can play cornhole for a $1,500 cash prize, participate in a get your Jig on Dance Contest for a $500 prize, a Fun walk benefiting the Ronald McDonald House, and a whole bunch of green beer drinking good times.
They are also having the Brew Bus available to shuttle folks between Hyde Park and Channelside every 15 minutes on St. Patrick's Day.
The project got off to a bit of a rocky start with the neighborhood when they first started construction. Those followers of our Channelside Residents Facebook Page may remember some upset neighbors complaining about loud sound and bright lights shining into their windows from the construction crane all night long. Once the construction project leaders at Batson-Cook heard the complaints they made several changes to the schedule that relieved many of the concerns. We could tell they genuinely wanted to be a better neighbor while building this huge building.
And now for the details and some inside scoop
28 different layouts
We don't know a ton about residential construction, but having 28 different style units seems like a lot. This breaks down to 5 styles of studio's, 12 for one bedrooms, 3 for two bedrooms, and 8 different three bedrooms.
Some of the layouts vary only slightly, but all units have a balcony.
Studios Pricing: $1,185 - $1,683
One Bedrooms: $1,295 - $2,634
Two Bedrooms: $1,867 - $2,358
Three Bedroom: $2,395 - $2,930
The parking garage is also detached from the building. This means that everyone needs to get to the ground level of the garage, walk under a covered walkway to the first floor concierge entrance to the building, and then take one of the 2 main elevators up to your floor.
The parking garage seemed to be built at lightning speed. They used some type of modular garage that came in really large pieces that were assembled together. It only took a few weeks.
They will have 567 parking spots and the parking costs are interesting....
Anyone that lives in Channelside or has spent any time walking around our streets, knows that the majority of residents have a pet. Dogs are frequently seen walking the streets and using our dog park. So, what kind of rules will they have for pets?
Tough. They cannot give tours until the entire building is finished. Actually, they wont even begin moving people into the building until the ENTIRE BUILDING is complete. The builders plan on handing the keys over to the management team sometime in June.
However, they have a very nice sales location set-up right behind the building on 11th street and have a kitchen set-up for you to see and touch, and a really cool huge interactive TV that walks you through the whole building. The team was extremely accommodating to my one million questions and couldn't be nicer to deal with. When we went by to see them, they gave us a nice portable doggie water bowl and a poopie bag holder for your leash. Go by and say hi and I bet you get some of the same swag!