South Tampa condo residents fight proposed hotel

Article and Video Courtesy of Channel 10 News Tampa

By Jenny Dean

Published April 18, 2015



A Marriott Hotel is being proposed in South Tampa, but not everyone is happy about it.
The 84-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott would sit between a couple of condo complexes and a self storage building on South Dale Mabry, just north of Gandy Boulevard.


Residents of the Fair Oaks Condominiums are not happy with the plans for a number of reasons: noise, drainage issues, traffic and the close proximity of the building itself.

On June 11, Tampa City Council will consider whether to change the zoning on that piece of property to accommodate the four-story Marriott.

Greg Sinadrinos is a Fair Oaks resident organizing letters and a website, hoping to convince the council to deny the zoning change,

"My condominium overlooks this property and I will walk out onto my back porch or look out my bedroom window at a four-story hotel."
Dave Patel is a partner with Inspire which runs several hotels in the Tampa Bay area. He says the Marriott here would be a perfect fit for this community.


"Because of MacDill Air Force Base, because of residents, small businesses, there is a need for a quality hotel in the South Tampa market.

Patel says he is listening to the concerns of residents and wants to be a good neighbor.

"We're a local company, we're owner operators and we want to be part of the community."

Sinadrinos says he's not against development, he would just rather see something residential next door.

"This is a great opportunity for city council to stand up for the people and the residents of Tampa and what is best for them as opposed to big money and big development."
The Fair Oaks residents have created a website outlining there concerns.