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Saint Leo U Acquires 32 Acres, Plans Expansion

An expansion for Saint Leo University is in the works: The Pasco County-based university recently acquired more than 30 acres of land from the Benedictine Sisters of Florida.

Founded in 1889 by Benedictine monks, Saint Leo University, at 33701 S.R. 52 a few miles west of Dade City, is the oldest Catholic university in Florida, operating independently as a private nonprofit institution embracing Catholic Benedictine values and traditions. The university currently sits on 186 acres in Saint Leo, FL, offering more than 40 academic programs, including associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as the educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree.

“The university continues to grow and meet the ever-changing needs of our students,” says VP of Student Services Ken Posner. “We've been strategic in designing a campus learning environment that works.”

Acquiring 37 acres of the Benedictine Sisters' land holdings, the area includes the Holy Name Monastery, at 33201 S.R. 52 in Saint Leo, directly adjacent to the west end of Saint Leo University's campus. The university plans to use the land for future expansion as enrollment grows, incorporating the space into its updated master plan.

“We have been so blessed to have the Sister's involvement in Saint Leo since our founding as the first Catholic college in Florida,” says university President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. “The Sisters' work will continue: They will live nearby, their presence will continue to enrich our university and they will be able to see on a daily basis how the addition of this parcel enhances our educational mission.”

The Benedictine Sisters, a community of 16, has been in Pasco County for 123 years and will remain on the existing Holy Name Monastery while a new one is built on the 40 acres of remaining land owned by the Sisters; the project is expected to take approximately two and a half years, including a fundraising effort.

“We plant our roots deep and feel blessed that we can transplant ourselves across the street near the university and in our hometown of Saint Leo,” says Prioress of Holy Name Monastery Sister Roberta Bailey, O.S.B. “We are pleased that the land will remain in the 'family' and continue to be used for educational ministries that uphold the same Benedictine values that the Sisters espouse.”

The six core values currently guiding university life are drawn from the Benedictine tradition, emphasizing a life of prayer, work, community, scholasticism and hospitality.

In September 2011, St. Leo celebrated the opening of the $12 million, 47,921-square-foot Donald R. Tapia School of Business and began an approximately $19 million construction project on two new apartment-style residence halls on the main campus in Pasco County.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Sources: Ken Posner & Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., Saint Leo University & Sister Roberta Bailey, Benedictine Sisters of Florida

Tampa Spay/Neuter Clinic Moves, Increases Services

If you visit the Animal Coalition of Tampa Spay/Neuter Clinic on Lemon Street on a typical day, you'll see clients braving the summer heat and storms under tents pitched in the parking lot.

Affectionately called the "waiting room,'' the tents are a temporary solution to space issues experienced by the clinic. With an average of 20,000 animals served per year, the clinic has outgrown its 3,000-square-feet space and plans to move to a new building on Gilchrist Avenue on October 9.
 
"We needed so much to come together for the building to be right,'' says Linda Hamilton, the clinic's founder and executive director.

The new building, located four blocks from the current one, was chosen because of its proximity to the existing space (to keep their dedicated staff and clients), large parking area, reasonable rent, ideal size and layout.
 
With the mission of ending unnecessary euthanasia of dogs and cats in Hillsborough County, the Spay/Neuter Clinic first opened in 2006 to provide low cost, high quality spay/neuter services to low-income residents. Since then, services have been expanded to include vaccine packages and even life-saving surgeries.

"It's because of the community's reactions to our services that moving became such a critical need,'' says Hamilton. "People bring in a pet they have saved from the street or a shelter, and they are able to give it a home because of our affordable prices.''
 
The new building will allow ACT to offer pet care classes for the public on topics such as managing feral cats and grieving the loss of a pet. They also plan to utilize more volunteers and loan space to local rescue groups for meetings.

"We want our clients to know that someone is there for them, to help them keep their animals in the home rather than surrendering them to a shelter. The building is in honor of the community, who cares and wants to see unnecessary euthanasia finally come to an end,'' says Hamilton.
 
Writer: Megan Hendricks
Source: Linda Hamilton, ACT Spay/Neuter Clinic

Explore Downtown Tampa Architecture On QR Code Tour

AIA Tampa Bay members are serving as guides for Do the Local Motion's Discover Design Architect Tour of downtown Tampa's unique architecture on Friday, Oct. 5, from noon to 1 p.m

The one-hour tour, beginning at Lykes Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa, will include five to six historically significant buildings that contribute to the city's sense of place. The event is free and open to the public. Just show up!

Tampa Bay residents and visitors also can experience downtown Tampa's unique architecture through a self-guided walking tour using QR codes. The tour was launched as part of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' Archifest in October 2011. Twelve new sites were added in August this year, bringing the total to 23.

"It's another way to get the public thinking about architecture,'' says Dawn Mages, executive director for AIA Tampa Bay. The tour is free and both phone and tablet-friendly, making it attractive to people visiting downtown.

Participants can start the tour by visiting Tour Tampa Bay Architecture, where they will find maps of the sites and pictures showing where the QR codes can be found. Some codes are obscure, whereas others stand out on windows and can be found while passing by. The website also includes historic sites in Ybor City and Hyde Park.

The tour has had 600 unique visitors since the new buildings were added in August. The most popular building is Tampa Theatre on Franklin Street, followed by Sacred Heart Church on Florida Avenue. Rivergate Tower on Ashley Street is a favorite among architects.

AIA was recently awarded a grant from the Florida Department of State's Division of Historical Resources and is also receiving support from the Tampa Downtown Partnership. Future plans include site enhancements such as professional videos to provide more information about the buildings.

Additional local events honoring Archtober can be found on AIA Tampa Bay’s website.

Writer: Megan Hendricks
Source: Dawn Mages, AIA Tampa Bay

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Opens To Patients

After hosting a community grand opening to approximately 8,000 people, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel opened to patients on October 1st at 7 a.m.

Featuring an 18-bed emergency room with a streamlined emergency room process, dedicated imaging equipment and nurses and board-certified emergency room physicians on-site 24 hours a day, the 200,000-square-foot hospital took 22 months to build.

The hospital was fully staffed with with 175 expert physicians upon opening, practicing in the Emergency Department, Vascular Surgery, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Cardiac Care, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Radiology Services and Imaging Diagnostics, Women's Mammography and Diagnostics, General Surgery, Gastroenterology, Urology and Pulmonary.

In addition, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is expected to open a $25 million, 100,000-square-foot, three-story Wellness Center by January 2013.

“This is part of the continuum of care for the Wesley Chapel community,” says Donna Jarmusz, senior VP of business development for Alter+Care, who is overseeing the construction of the Wellness Plaza project. “The hospital will be treating people who need inpatient care for more serious illness while the Wellness Center is part of the hospital's mission and philosophy to help people improve and maintain their health.”

According to hospital spokeswoman Tracy Clouser, the hospital will continue to fill a number of nursing and various staff positions. To apply, visit the hospital's website.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Sources: Donna Jarmusz, Alter+Care & Tracy Clouser, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel

New Ybor Youth Clinic To Start Seeing Patients Oct. 15

With a mission to provide the highest quality, innovative, compassionate and nonjudgmental health care services to youth in an environment tailored to specific and unique needs, the new Ybor Youth Clinic will open on October 15th.

Sponsored by USF Health and the Lazydays Employee Foundation, the clinic, located at 1315 E. Seventh Ave., Suite 104, will concentrate on treating patients ages 13- to 24-years-old with at-risk behavior, including those who are homeless; HIV positive; gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (GLBTQ); and/or have been sexually exploited.

“Physicians from the USF Health Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Adolescent Medicine Division will staff the clinic, along with community physicians and USF medical student volunteers,” says USF Director of Public Affairs Anne DeLotto Baier. “Plans call for other health professions students to eventually rotate through the facility to gain the knowledge and skills needed to work with these vulnerable problems.”

The clinic is currently open for work on outreach programs, research and surveys.

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in September, featuring speakers such as Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, Medical Director for the Hillsborough County Health Department Douglas A. Holt, M.D., President of the Lazydays Employee Foundation Randy Lay and Lewis A. Barness Endowed Chair Professor and Chair of Pediatrics for USF Health Patricia Emmanuel, M.D.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Anne DeLotto Baier, USF

Gift To USF: $12 Million Toward New College Of Global Sustainability

Thanks to the help of Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel, a new College of Global Sustainability may be in the works for the University of South Florida (USF).

The latest contribution to the USF: Unstoppable Campaign -- a $600 million effort to celebrate the energy, vision and future of the university -- the Patels recently donated $12 million to the university toward an endowment aimed at creating the new Patel College of Global Sustainability.

The new college will expand on nearly a decade of research in an attempt to advance sustainability around the globe.

“The Earth is God's gift to humanity and we believe that the current generation must ensure that while meeting our present needs,” the Patels say. “The world's rapidly depleting resources and growing population require us to become more efficient and think of new ways to develop sustainable and renewable sources of clean water, energy, food and transportation.”

Upon university approval, the new Patel college -- which could begin accepting students as early as January 2013 -- will bring the current work of the Patel School of Global Sustainability to a new level, allowing it to focus on improved urban systems, water and transportation.

Recently, the Patel School of Global Sustainability, which Pallavi Patel calls a “do tank, not a think tank,” became the first North American university to obtain a research and strategy partnership with the UN-HABITAT Partner University Initiative. Together, USF and UN-HABITAT will establish the first United Nations Urban Futures Research Hub in the U.S., promoting education and professional development in emerging cities.

“We are inspired by the Patels' vision of a world where all people have a real chance to reach their full potential in a clean, healthy environment,” says USF President Judy Genshaft. “We are humbled that they have entrusted USF to be a partner in making the vision of a better tomorrow a reality. The Patels' trust in us means as much as the money they give.”

Right here in Tampa, the current Patel School has created a multiyear learning and research partnership with water management in the Netherlands called Resilient Tampa Bay. An effort to prepare the region for potential urban flooding challenges brought by hurricanes and rising sea levels, the program is guiding future development in an attempt to protect areas vulnerable to severe flooding.

The latest $12 million gift from the Patels brings the family's contribution to USF to $25.8 million. Through a series of donations and matching state funds, the Patels have focused their endowments and attention on sustainable global development and healthcare through supporting the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions Endowment Fund, USF Health, the Dr. Kiran Patel Center for Global Solutions Operating Fund and the Patel Center for Global Solutions.

According to Genshaft, the Patels leadership, influence and donations have helped USF become one of the top 50 research universities in the nation.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel & Judy Genshaft, USF

TradeWinds Sandpiper Suites Becomes Guy Harvey Outpost, St. Pete Beach

The TradeWinds Sandpiper Suites on St. Petersburg Beach has now become Guy Harvey Outpost.

A TradeWinds Beach Resort, the $3 million rebranding of the 211-room beachfront property, at 6000 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete, marks the first Guy Harvey Outpost in the U.S. The Outpost celebrated its grand opening on September 12th.

“Due to the growing popularity of Guy Harvey, his brand and conservation efforts, the timing is great,” says Keith Overton, president of TradeWinds Island Resorts. “Guy has a lot of fans in the country and this gives them a place to come to experience his lifestyle, see his artwork and live his ideals. We're thrilled with the opportunity to work with Guy on creating a sustainable, green environment for our guests.”

Some highlights of the project include Guy Harvey décor in all guestrooms, a Guy Harvey Outfitter Shop, eco-based programs and activities, a renovation of the resort's current restaurant and beach bar and the addition of a marine-themed Guy Harvey restaurant with lounge area, private dining and retail store.

“Through our partnership with Guy Harvey, we're looking forward to building on our commitment to conservation and education while continuing to provide extensive recreational options for our guests,” says Overton. “These programs will not only be a wonderful addition for our guests, but will also positively impact local and regional tourism. Visitors, locals and guests will all be able to have fun while learning about conservation and our area's unique marine environment.”

One of Guy Harvey Outpost's first endeavors is the sponsorship of the auditorium at the new Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum in Largo.

According to Overton, guests of Guy Harvey Outpost should expect the same service that was given at TradeWinds Sandpiper Suites and will still have access to the amenities at the Island Grand, including the JetLev, surf school, High Tide Water Slide and Splash Island Water Park.

New carpet, paint, artwork and flat screen HDTV's are expected in all Outpost guestrooms by December 2012 with the Guy Harvey-themed restaurant and lounge seeing development in 2013.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Keith Overton, TradeWinds Island Resorts

Cru Cellars Expands, Adds Wine Garden, South Tampa

Attention book clubbees, meetup groups, friends, wine lovers in search of your peeps: Cru Cellars in South Tampa is expanding.

Located at 2506 S. MacDill Ave., the 2,000-square-foot space wine bar was voted Tampa's “Best Wine Bar” by Creative Loafing, featuring more than 25 wines by the glass and seven wine flights. Cru recently expanded, adding a kitchen in February 2012 and is expected to further expand with a 35-seat Wine Garden.

Extending from the existing wine bar, the Wine Garden will feature long banquette tables and chairs with the back half of the garden available to rent for private parties. Greenery and plants will be added, as well a large window from the current wine bar.

“The rentable space will hold about 20 people for a cocktail or mingling-style event or about 10 to 12 in a sit-down dinner style event,” says Cru Cellars owner Jennifer Bingham.

Cru will celebrate the Wine Garden grand opening on October 11th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will coincide with the 3rd Annual Perfect Pairing wine tasting event, featuring a sneak peak of a new fall menu.

“This is the biggest and best tasting we do all year. Featuring six stations of wine, each will be paired perfectly with a small bite, cheese or dessert,” Bingham says. “A percentage of the net sales will go to The Children's Home, as it has for the last two years.”

Designed by Hope Montgomery Ruhe and Jason Ruhe of In Bloom, the new Fall menu will debut mid-October 2012 including a new Saturday and Sunday wine brunch menu featuring breakfast and lunch options by chef Josh Burton.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Jennifer Bingham, Cru Cellars

Ballast Point Park In Tampa Caters To Kids, Families

Looking for a cool place to take the kids on a hot afternoon? Check out the new play spaces, climbing apparatus and water jets at the redesigned Ballast Point Park in south Tampa.

Designed by Hardeman-Kempton and Associates, construction on the $995,602 improvement project began in December 2011 and was funded by the City of Tampa's Community Investment Tax (CIT). The City matched a portion of funds raised by Ballast Point for a tot lot, a playground for children under 5 years old.

Ballast Point Park has been an integral part of our community for over 100 years,” says Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “It's a popular spot because it has something from everyone -- from the fishing pier to the expanded wellness center to the new splash pad.”

In addition, park improvements include a sail structure to cover an existing playground, a great circular lawn, four new prefabricated picnic shelters featuring benches and grills, eight additional parking spaces and a new patio at the existing Joe Abrahams Fitness and Wellness Center. Florida friendly landscaping and irrigation were also installed.

The park also features a New England-style restaurant, Taste of Boston, featuring seafood, burgers, a kid's menu and Old Meeting House brand ice cream served on the edge of the Tampa Bay. The restaurant recently underwent new management.

Ballast Point Park was originally developed as a tropical park in 1984, serving as a terminal for an electric trolley-car line at the south end of Bayshore Boulevard; the park was previously named Jules Verne Park.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa

TGH Moves Offices To New Corporate Center, Downtown Tampa

Tampa General Hospital (TGH) has moved a number of its offices to the new Corporate Center on Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa.

Located at 606 Kennedy Blvd., the hospital renovated a two-story, 52,000-square-foot facility originally built in 1926, making enough space to relocate approximately 450 TGH employees on 5.6 acres of land just west of downtown Tampa.

“Many TGH offices were moved to the new TGH Corporate Center so we could convert the spaces they previously occupied at the hospital into patient care,” says TGH Manager of Construction Services Kelly Glass. “The Kennedy Boulevard location was the right size for us and is in close proximity to the hospital.”

Designed to U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements, existing wood flooring, brick arches and several items for added energy efficiency were left in place from the original architecture of the Bryn-Alan Photography laboratory and call center. According to Glass, the center expects to receive LEED Certification upon completion of a more than 450-space parking lot; the lot is currently under construction.

“The building was designed to blend into the current, new architecture of the Kennedy Boulevard area,” Glass says. “We believe the addition of the Corporate Center is a positive influence in the redevelopment of the corridor.”

Approximately $9.7 million was spent on purchasing the land for the Corporate Center with an additional $5 million spent on renovations.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Kelly Glass, TGH

Crescent Resources Begins Work On Apartment Community On Bayshore, Tampa

A new eight-story, 367-unit apartment community is in the works for Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.

North Carolina-based Crescent Resources is working on a $68 million project, Circle Bayshore, located at 319 Bayshore Blvd., just minutes from the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway, Hyde Park Village, Channelside, downtown Tampa and Ybor City.

Circle Bayshore will rent studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment units featuring high ceilings; walk-in closets; private balcony; full-size washer and dryer; gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, undermount sinks and a prep island; and bathrooms finished with custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile floors and granite countertops.

“Circle Bayshore will offer its residents a unique lifestyle in an uncommon location with amazing amenities, first-class programming and high-quality interiors,” says Brian Natwick, president of Crescent Resources' multifamily division.

Keen on going green, Circle Bayshore is expected to incorporate a number of sustainable, energy efficient features and materials, ultimately receiving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

In addition, the bay-front community will feature high-end amenities including a resort-style swimming pool, two-story health club and fitness center, outdoor living area with grilling stations and a fire pit, business center and club room.

Funded by an equity investment from Crescent Resources, construction financing from Capital One and mezzanine financing from Nationwide Real Estate Investments, the new community was designed by MSA Architects of Miami with Fort Lauderdale's Moss & Associates acting as general contractor, King Engineering of Tampa as civil engineer and Orlando's Land Resource Design Group, Inc. as landscape architect.

Crescent Resources expects to break ground on Circle Bayshore by October 2012 with initial apartments complete by the first quarter of 2014.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Brian Natwick, Crescent Resources

Pop-Up Shops Open For Fashion Week, Downtown Tampa

In an attempt to bring good retail karma to downtown Tampa, new pop-up retail shops are opening in association with Fashion Week Tampa Bay.

Karma: The Shops at Franklin, located in The Vault at the Franklin Exchange building at 611 N. Franklin St., will celebrate a ribbon cutting ceremony by City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Thursday, Sept. 20th, at 3 p.m. Karma will focus on the local independent businesses.

“Retail is seriously lacking in downtown,” says Monica Varner, owner of Elan Event Studio and organizer of Karma. “Downtown could really use some shopping to get folks out of their offices during the day; not to mention, downtown just needs energy, in general. A pop-up shop might spark some vendors to try the downtown retail market with low risk.”

With pop-up retail shops currently increasing in popularity in major metropolitan cities such as New York and Los Angeles, as well as during Fashion Weeks throughout the country, Varner thought it would be interesting to have a block of stores and people choosing downtown Tampa as a shopping destination in an attempt to promote more business.

“A big goal is to spark interest in retail, show that there is an interest in it and encourage retailers to open a shop and move into downtown Tampa,” she says. “Retail therapy is good karma for downtown and the pop-up shop is a good tie into Fashion Week, helping designers get some additional exposure in showing their products.”

Clothing, handbags, jewelry and other accessories will be featured at Karma: The Shops at Franklin, as well a massage and hair salon, tying in local retail to the week-long Fashion Week Tampa Bay event which will consist of multiple runway shows, boutique vendor exhibits and fashion-focused activities.

“I'm just trying to change downtown Tampa, one event at a time,” Varner says.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Monica Varner, Elan Event Studio

New Coworking Space Opens In Old Cigar Factory On Armenia, West Tampa

Independent contractors, freelancers and entrepreneurs in Tampa now have the option to ditch the coffee shops and WiFi hotspots: CoWorkTampa recently celebrated the successful launch of a new coworking loft and learning facility.

Located at 3104 N. Armenia Ave., Suite 2 in Tampa's historic Garcia & Vega Cigar Factory, CoWorkTampa offers an open place to work with private offices starting at $200 per month and coworking passes starting at $25 per day; the new facility offers monthly memberships for $97.

Featuring rentable meeting rooms by the hour and day, the fully furnished 6,000-square-foot facility boasts a large coworking area, high-speed internet, kitchen and breakroom, six TVs and free parking. CoWorkTampa is conveniently located just five miles from Tampa International Airport, one mile from Interstate 275.

“It’s so important for Tampa to have successful coworking spaces,” says Chris Arnoldi, the facility's founder. “This supports small business.”

Founded by global internet marketing company Uhsome, CoWorkTampa is working toward the goal of becoming one of the finest coworking spaces in Florida, providing better value and more benefits than other cowork spaces with an impressive roster of start-ups in the Tampa Bay area, according to Arnoldi.

CoWorkTampa members will receive 50 percent off of CoLearnTampa classes and 10 percent off at local businesses such as Wings Gone Wild, LIT Premium Cigar Lounge and Soho Saloon.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Chris Arnoldi, CoWorkTampa

Revolve Clothing Exchange Opens, South Tampa

Revolve Clothing Exchange is now open in South Tampa, marking its third location in the Tampa Bay region.

Located at 4023 W. Kennedy Blvd., Revolve Clothing Exchange provides a modern twist to the consignment store concept, offering instant store credit or cash for gently worn garments.

With additional locations in Ybor City and St. Petersburg, the shops primarily focus on fashion for college-aged, twenty-somethings, but carry a wide variety of casual wear for ages 14 and up, including men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories.

“South Tampa is between our other locations and is a top shopping destination with Westshore Mall and International Plaza nearby,” says Revolve co-owner Kevin Hecht. “But we provide a lower-cost alternative to the malls, with a wide variety of mall brands. In addition, we sell unique vintage items for those looking for something different.”

A practical and rewarding way to go green, Hecht says Revolve -- a small, local business itself -- proudly supports other Tampa Bay area businesses, as well as the local economy.

The new 3,000-square-foot South Tampa location is currently open for business, interacting with customers and regularly posting deals and one-of-a-kind finds on the shop's Facebook page.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Kevin Hecht, Revolve Clothing Exchange

New Urban, Green Community Near Downtown St. Pete

A newly renovated 176-unit multifamily apartment community is in the works for St. Petersburg.

An example of affordable urban housing, Avesta Woodlawn Park by Avesta Homes touts itself as "St. Pete's first sensibly green apartment community" located on 18th Avenue just minutes from downtown, offering double-pane, low-e windows, ENGERY STAR appliances, water efficient landscaping featuring native plants, LED lighting, efficient plumbing fixtures and an on-site recycling program.

Avesta Woodlawn Park embodies the urban “live, work and play” concept, promoting alternative ways to travel with covered bike parking for residents and easy access to public transportation.

“Avesta Homes is very excited to be a part of the St. Petersburg community,” says Carol Toffolo, Avesta Homes director of marketing. “Improvement of a local neighborhood community while attracting residents will directly benefit local shops and business owners. Our improvements (the renovation and beautification of the prior Woodlawn Park property) increase the desirability for future home buyers and renters in the local area.”

Residents of the new urban community will also have access to eco-friendly amenities such as a community garden, fenced dog park, fitness trail and workout stations, private fenced backyards and a swimming pool featuring poolside WiFi.

The $3 million renovation project is slated to be complete by December 2012. Units are expected to be available for rent beginning September 2012 ranging from as low as $695 for a one-bedroom and up to $895 for a two-bedroom.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Carol Toffolon, Avesta Homes
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