Raymond James co-Founder Tom James is opening an 80,000-square-foot art museum in downtown St. Petersburg. The Tom & Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, otherwise known as the James Museum, will open fall 2017.
The Westshore District in Tampa keeps thriving with new development as two new projects get underway in the neighborhood. Kimpton Hotels is building a five-story, 150-room luxury boutique hotel at the intersection of Laurel and O'Brien Streets with an anticipated opening of early 2018. Miller's Ale House, the popular restaurant chain, is opening its fourth location in Westshore on Columbus Drive.
New multi-family housing community and an Autograph Collection Marriott are part of the new developments happening along the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
Two new townhome communities are coming to downtown St. Petersburg. Urban Village Townhomes in the Kenwood neighborhood gives homeowners the unique opportunity to purchase new construction in this historic community. 801 Conway is a 35-unit community that offers buyers five different floor plans.
Four bridges in the Island Estates community of Clearwater are being replaced, and five others are being worked on for minor issues. The $3.6 million project started when someone kayaking under one of the bridges noticed degrading concrete and reported it to the city.
A long-awaited cultural center in New Tampa would seat 300 and be built for future expansion if all goes as planned.
A new skatepark is coming to Campbell Park in St. Petersburg. Construction on the $1.25 million regional grade skatepark is expected to be completed in fall 2017.
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.
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.
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is taking off with its plans for a bigger and better airport by adding 12,000-square-feet of space around gates seven through 10, renovating retail and food and beverage concessions, and adding a new children's play area.
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.
Downtown Dunedin undergoes major renovations as a mixed-use building goes up and two large projects are in the pre-construction phase.