USFSP, Eckerd College and the University of Tampa campuses are growing and upgrading facilities with new buildings designed to serve students long into the future.
Tampa Bay area private schools are investing in their campuses as a way to enrich the educational experience for their students. Academy of the Holy Names, Berkeley Prep and Jesuit High School are each making multi-million dollar improvements.
The City of Clearwater and The Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance are creating a new veterans memorial at Crest Lake Park. The memorial will feature a plaza, bronze sculptures and walls on which people can honor veterans by having their names engraved for a small donation.
Global Aquaponic Inc. will be opening a facility in the Tampa Bay area within the next year.. The facility will use an innovative technique to grow produce and farm fish that uses 90 percent less water than traditional soil-based farming.
West Tampa is experiencing a development renaissance as two new retailers and a restaurant move into the former KMart property located along Dale Mabry Highway between Interstate 275 and Raymond James Stadium. Ashley Furniture, Floor & Decor and Ker's Winghouse will be the first retailers going into the revitalized shopping center.
Chicago-based Portillo's plans to open first Florida location in Brandon. The restaurant known for its Chicago-style hot dogs will open in late March or early April 2016.
SunView Software, Inc. invests $1-million into expanding its headquarters to build a modern workspace that encourages collaboration and teamwork. The expansion will add 6,000 square feet to the Tampa headquarters as well as 45 new employees.
Two new residential buildings are under construction in downtown St. Petersburg as the local real estate boom continues. The NRP Group, known for their work building Beacon 430, is building a new nine-story residential building and AER St. Petersburg is working on an 18-story luxury apartment building.
The Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa is experiencing revitalization as the city invests millions in new housing, police patrols and streetlighting. A new restaurant goes in among fast-food joints in Sulphur Springs to introduce healthier options at a reasonable cost.
Downtown Sarasota's Historic DeMarcay hotel is set to reopen as DeMarcay at 33 South Palm, an 18-story luxury condo building. The unique tower will feature rooftop amenities including a pool, outdoor kitchen and fitness center.
Two residential towers and three new restaurants are the start to downtown Clearwater's ongoing redevelopment. The city plans for downtown to become a vibrant waterfront destination.
Historic Harbor Oaks neighborhood in Clearwater may be getting brick streets as a solution to their traffic calming and beautification dilemma. Residents will be polled by the city and if 65 percent are in favor, brick streets will be coming to the neighborhood. The $1.8 million project will be funded by the residents who are seeking the old-fashioned roads.
USF medical students can be closer than ever to hands-on experiences as the new USF Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute breaks ground in downtown Tampa, just five minutes from USF's main teaching hospital, Tampa General.
A Pasco County community has been designated the first planned 'Smart Gigabit Community' in the U.S. by the US Ignite non-profit group. This 'Connected City Corridor" will be planned by Metro Development Group in partnership with Pasco County.
Three golf courses in the Tampa Bay area reopen, or ready to open after renovations aimed to make golfing experience more enjoyable. Rocky Point golf course in Tampa, Copperhead at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor and Twin Brooks golf course make improvements including new greens and drainage systems.