City planners are reviewing a proposal to turn the historic Kress building on North Franklin Street into a 22-story tower of hotel rooms and residences. Four restaurants also are planned.
Angry Chair Brewing is the newest micro-brewery to open and adds to Seminole Heights' reputation as a destination place or eclectic dining and drinking choices.
An iconic restaurant - Goody Goody - will be revived by Richard Gonzmart, fourth-generation co-owner of the Columbia Restaurant Group. Gonzmart is the new owner of the restaurant's name, signage and special hamburger sauce. He hopes to open in 2015 after securing a new location.
The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is in an expansion mode. It's latest project is the Carol Kennedy Aquatics Center which is under construction at the South Tampa Family YMCA on Himes Avenue. Earlier this year a new gymnastics center opened in Carollwood at the Bob Sierra YMCA Youth & Family Center. The first phase of a new South Shore YMCA facility is under construction at Interstate 75 and Big Bend Road.
About 300,000 freight containers loaded with everything from tee shirts to televisions will pass through the terminal at the planned CSX Central Florida Logistics Center in Winter Haven. The terminal opened in April with about 30 employees. CSX officials say about 1,800 direct jobs and about 8,500 indirect jobs will be created in the next decades as warehouse, manufacturing and distribution facilities open on more than 930 acres surrounding the terminal.
Holiday Inn put about $8 million into renovations of a Westshore Boulevard hotel. The hotel will have two new restaurants, Market Place Coffee Bar & Cafe and Bar 700 Grille & Lounge.
Tampa General Hospital continues to expand and upgrade its facilities. Hospital officials are celebrating the opening of a new food court and main entrance and tweaking plans to build a new rehabilitation hospital on Kennedy Boulevard.
More than 200 jobs will be generated at the new Lakeland Park Center which officially opens on Oct. 23. It is the 20th Florida property owned and managed by Michigan-based Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust.
DDA Development plans to build a 74-unit condominium - The Salvador - that will offer luxury living but at somewhat lower purchase prices than other condominiums along ritzy Beach Drive.
A 21-story luxury apartment building on Harbour Island will add more residents to a fast-growing urban landscape emerging in downtown Tampa and surrounding neighborhoods. Plans call for the upscale apartments to open in early 2016.
North Franklin Street is the latest address to add to the apartment boom in downtown Tampa. Carter & Associates has a pending contract to build a 23-story apartment building and garage in the 900 block of North Franklin.
A Walmart Supercenter under construction on East Hillsborough Avenue is the first major business to invest in the community in decades. About 300 jobs and the potential for hundreds of thousands of property tax revenues will be generated.
Developers are snapping up the last of the prime real estate in the Channel District for apartments and shops. Florida Crystals Corp., a new-kid-on-the-block, is buying three parcels to build 270 luxury apartments next to one of the districts earliest residential mid-rise towers, The Slade. The sugar company opened a real estate division last year.
A re-designed Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is a centerpiece in the re-imagined city of Tampa as an urban village where people work, live and play.
Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is making his presence felt in the Channel District with a proposed 400-room hotel/residence complex in the Channel District, surrounded by the TECO Streetcar Line, Tampa Convention Center, Marriott Waterside Hotel and Embassy Suites. Tampa City Council is on board after giving its initial vote of approval.