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Ambitious downtown development may have pedestrian problem

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's an ambitious plan that could reshape the Tampa skyline, but there are new questions about the proposed high rise.

Developers want to build the Residences at the Riverwalk apartment complex just south of the Straz Center and west of the John Germany library.

It would be 36 stories tall – the same as the Suntrust building. Right now, there is an elevated pedestrian bridge leading from the Poe Parking Garage to the library and the Straz Center.

Developers want to end the bridge at their parking garage, forcing people to the street. Some worry that could make it more dangerous for pedestrians downtown.

"We are very concerned about the scale of the project and what it is going to do to that area – and how it is going to really be a barrier between the Straz Center and the arts district," Straz Center CEO Judith Lisi said.

The city council ultimately decided it needs more information about the proposed project, so they have voted to put off the issue until Aug. 8.

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