Tampa commercial real estate veteran rejoins Cushman to lead office leasing at Midtown Tampa

A veteran of Tampa Bay’s commercial real estate market is rejoining Cushman & Wakefield to spearhead the leasing of one of the largest office projects proposed here in more than a decade.

Robin Bishop, who was with Cushman in the early 1990s, has returned to the firm as a senior director to oversee the leasing of the 750,000 square feet of office space in Midtown Tampa, the mixed-use development proposed at Interstate 275 and Dale Mabry Highway.

She was previously with her own firm, Bishop & Associates. She has been working with New York-based Bromley Cos., the developer of Midtown, on the project since its earliest stages. (Bromley began assembling the 22-acre property in the late 1990s.)

At full buildout, Midtown Tampa will total 1.8 million square feet, which also includes apartments, retail and restaurants. Three towers make up the 750,000 square feet of office space — and the first, the 10-story Midtown West, is set to break ground speculatively in early 2019 and expected to wrap up in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Midtown West will be 176,000 square feet. Midtown North and Midtown South will follow.

The size, infill location and speculative nature of the Midtown office space make it one of the most significant listings in the market today. Outside of Water Street Tampa, which includes more than 2 million square feet of office space, there are few projects of this stature in Tampa Bay.

“Bromley Companies’ amazing vision for Midtown Tampa is becoming reality,” Bishop said in a statement. “Tampa is ready for this project, and Cushman & Wakefield’s global platform and local market dominance will help put it in the spotlight on a national scale.”

Bishop was with Cushman from 1989 to 1995, where her leasing projects included Tampa City Center and “a major corporate services assignment overseeing Verizon’s 20 million square feet of office space throughout the eastern United States,” according to Cushman.

“Robin is a veteran broker with an unsurpassed reputation in the industry,” said Nicholas Haines, Bromley Cos. CEO, in a statement. “With the support of fellow industry leader Andy May and the rest of the Cushman & Wakefield team focused on leasing Midtown, Robin will sign tenants looking for the best live-work-play destinations in the country.”