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Tampa Airport Phase II masterplan ready


The Tampa International Airport officials have presented the Phase II masterplan to the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, said a report.

The $543-million proposal includes a 17-acre commercial development with an eight-story office building, hotel, convenience store and gas station, according to Fox13.

Phase Two also includes a commercial curb to accommodate transit and other ground transportation, as well as connections to regional trail networks, stated the report citing a senior official.

"We are actually going to introduce express curbside lanes," said Tampa International Airport CEO Joseph Lopano.

"If you have your boarding pass already and you're not going to check in any bags, you can use the express lane, jump out of the car, and you can come right up here to transfer level and go right out to your plane," he added.

Once the Phase II masterplan gets approved, commercial development is likely to begin in the middle of next year, with curbside construction starting in late 2019 and ending in 2023, stated the Fox 13 report.

Within the first phase, the airport has added 28 out of 69 new restaurants and retailers. New restaurants like local favorites Goody Goody and Ulele mix with national eateries like Hard Rock Cafe and PF Chang's, it added.

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