As the sun sets and the evening begins to cool, we can't think of a better place to take an after dark stroll than along the Tampa Riverwalk where you can discover new public art on display.
Franklin Manor, serving craft beers and specialty cocktails designed by local mixologist Rohit Patel, and The Carriage House, a new restaurant concept, are moving into downtown Tampa. Both are creations of the Nocturnal Group
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is developing a task force to plan, design and raise funds for a new science center in the Channelside District near Amalie Arena. The move is part of Jeff Vinik's redevelopment plan for downtown Tampa.
13 new single-family homes are being built in East Tampa. The Beacon Homes will be constructed through the Florida Minority Impact Housing Fund (FMIHF), which was created by Neighborhood Lending Partners, a nonprofit multi-banking consortium that provides financing to developers of affordable housing and community revitalization. The Corporation to Develop Communities (CDC) of Tampa is also heavily involved in the project.
Couches and round tables replace traditional theater seating at The Space in West Tampa, where actors sit in the audience and perform on raised platforms as opposed to a traditional stage.
Tampa Theatre is in need of upgrades to the tune of $10 million. In order to meet this goal, the 90-year-old theatre is in the process of fundraising and has raised nearly $2 million thanks to generous support from the community.
The Straz Center in Tampa recently unveiled a conceptual master plan that includes the creation of a grand terrace that flows to the river front, reinventing and enlarging the Silbiger Lobby in Morsani Hall and adding a multi-purpose events center to accommodate growth in food and beverage, education and artistic programming.
Dade City is experiencing a development boom with a brand new $6.6 million city hall and police station, and new restaurants and shops -- with room for more.
The Grand Central at Kennedy looks spruced up a bit as a new mural has been added as part of the Channel District Community Alliance's art giveback to the community. The piece is the first installment of more pieces to come around the neighborhood under the project titled, "Waves of Change."
At least four hotels in the Tampa Bay area are under construction and/or undergoing renovation projects designed to meet increasing demand from tourists and other visitors.
The emerging Tampa Heights neighborhood is hosting a Tour of Homes event on February 28th. The tour will include seven homes, a walk through the restored Rialto Theatre and a stop at Hidden Springs Brewery, where tour participants can enjoy a discount on craft beer.
Tampa International Airport is undergoing a $953-million renovation which includes adding 65 new shops and restaurants. Approximately 40-percent of the restaurants are local, includiing Columbia, Cigar City, RumFish Grill, Buddy Brew and the Café by Mise en Place.
Downtown Tampa's skyline is growing as another residential tower breaks ground. The 23-story, 362-unit building will also include 8,000-square-feet of retail space and public art adorning the side of the building.
At least three new multi-family communities are planning to open in 2016 in South Tampa. Waverly Courtyard Villas, Grant Place and Casa De Leon offer unique amenities to those looking to move to South Tampa neighborhoods.
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.