North Franklin Street is the latest address to add to the apartment boom in downtown Tampa. Carter & Associates has a pending contract to build a 23-story apartment building and garage in the 900 block of North Franklin.
A Walmart Supercenter under construction on East Hillsborough Avenue is the first major business to invest in the community in decades. About 300 jobs and the potential for hundreds of thousands of property tax revenues will be generated.
Developers are snapping up the last of the prime real estate in the Channel District for apartments and shops. Florida Crystals Corp., a new-kid-on-the-block, is buying three parcels to build 270 luxury apartments next to one of the districts earliest residential mid-rise towers, The Slade. The sugar company opened a real estate division last year.
A re-designed Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is a centerpiece in the re-imagined city of Tampa as an urban village where people work, live and play.
Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is making his presence felt in the Channel District with a proposed 400-room hotel/residence complex in the Channel District, surrounded by the TECO Streetcar Line, Tampa Convention Center, Marriott Waterside Hotel and Embassy Suites. Tampa City Council is on board after giving its initial vote of approval.
Moccasin Lake Nature Park is a hidden gem of nature's beauty amidst the urban jumble of Clearwater which is all but built out with homes, shops, offices and roadways. The City of Clearwater is spending $700,000 on renovations and extending operating hours to include Sundays. The park offers a new pier and improved trails. In 2015 the city will update an intrepetive center, add restrooms and improved landscaping.
Tampa civil rights' leader Clarence Fort broke down racial barriers when he organized Tampa's first lunch counter sit-ins at F.W. Woolworth's in downtown Tampa on Feb. 29, 1960. He will be honored on Sept. 18 when the city officially names a new park, at 3803 Osborne Ave., the Clarence Fort Freedom Trail.
Sixteen local, national and international design teams are competing to win a $46 million contract from the city of St. Petersburg to re-invent the iconic Pier and its 5-story inverted pyramid built in the 1970s.
Wesley Chapel's first Walmart Supercenter brings 300 full- and part-time jobs to the local economy. The supercenter will offer shopping convenience to the city's 60,000 people and encourage additional development in the surrounding area along State Road 54. The store operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering general merchandise, groceries, electronics, toys and more.
At Sunspot Fresh Bar customers can grab a wrap or a salad to go or hang out surrounded by eye-popping or provocative artwork in the bar's rotating art gallery. Local artist Derek Donnelly is curator and founder of Saint Paint Arts, an artist cooperative. His work, as well as art for other local artists are featured at the eatery..
Entrepreneur Dona Crowley will showcase St. Petersburg's creative side in her fourth annual St. Pete Arts and Fashion Week, Sept. 15-20. A series of events kickoff Sept. 15 with an exclusive Opening Night Party and continue through the week with art shows at different downtown locations. The week ends with a fashion runway show at One Progress Plaza.
The nonprofit CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) is seeking donations of art to fill the rooms and halls of a new emergency shelter that will open in 2015 north of downtown St. Petersburg. The new shelter will double the capacity of CASA's current 30-bed facility and the art will provide a warm inviting atmosphere for hundreds of individuals who seek to escape domestic violence.
Will Hillsborough County residents agree to pay an additional one cent sales tax to pay for a host of road, transit and trail projects over the next 30 years? County leaders will host a listening campaign with a series of publc meetings starting after Labor Day.
St. Petersburg's residential building boom is garnering a lot of attention as developers re-invent downtown's skyline. Nonprofit Saint Petersburg Preservation plans to single out projects in 2014 that restored historical buildings and houses or created innovative new uses for older structures. Nominations for 2014 preservation awards are being accepted through Sept. 15 with awards handed out Oct. 24.