In the next five to seven years, the Channel District will be transformed into the Tampa Waterfront District with a $1 billion investment from Tampa Bay Lighting owner Jeff Vinik and partners including billionaire Bill Gates. About 3 million square feet of commercial and residential will be added. About 3,700 direct jobs will be created.
Gateway North is the first large-scale, market-rate apartment complex to open in Largo in at least a decade, possibly longer. The 342-unit complex offers a 2-acre lake with jogging trail and trolley stops to Clearwater beaches.
Green is the color recommended by federal highway safety officials to mark off bike safety lanes. So, Tampa plans to stripe new green bike lanes as part of resurfacing projects on Cleveland and Platt Streets.
Local developer Wesley Burdette is hoping to attract young professionals to the Warehouse Lofts in Seminole Heights. The 46-unit apartment complex on Florida Avenue is an in-fill project that is a rarity for a neighborhood known for historical single-family bungalows.
The Tampa Housing Authority is searching for a professional theater company to operate a 5,000-square-foot theater at Tempo, a multi-family apartment building under construction at ENCORE! Tampa. Tempo is expected to open in 2015. ENCORE is a $425 million master-planned urban village adjacent to downtown Tampa.
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.