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.
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.