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.
Tampa civil rights' leader Clarence Fort broke down racial barriers when he organized Tampa's first lunch counter sit-ins at F.W. Woolworth's in downtown Tampa on Feb. 29, 1960. He will be honored on Sept. 18 when the city officially names a new park, at 3803 Osborne Ave., the Clarence Fort Freedom Trail.
Wesley Chapel's first Walmart Supercenter brings 300 full- and part-time jobs to the local economy. The supercenter will offer shopping convenience to the city's 60,000 people and encourage additional development in the surrounding area along State Road 54. The store operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering general merchandise, groceries, electronics, toys and more.
The nonprofit CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) is seeking donations of art to fill the rooms and halls of a new emergency shelter that will open in 2015 north of downtown St. Petersburg. The new shelter will double the capacity of CASA's current 30-bed facility and the art will provide a warm inviting atmosphere for hundreds of individuals who seek to escape domestic violence.
Will Hillsborough County residents agree to pay an additional one cent sales tax to pay for a host of road, transit and trail projects over the next 30 years? County leaders will host a listening campaign with a series of publc meetings starting after Labor Day.
Tech Data Corp. renewed its commitment to Clearwater when company officials decided to expand its headquarters with a new 45,000-square-foot building. The facility will provide additional office and meeting space for the approximately 1,700 Clearwater employees of Tech Data, one of the world's largest technology distributors.
Ulele Restaurant in Tampa Heights will open for dinner service only starting Aug. 26. Lunch and brunch will be added in fall. The restaurant is part of the larger vision to re-invent Tampa's downtown core. Situated next to a redesigned Water Works Park, Ulele will help anchor the city's nearly completed Riverwalk which re-imagines Hillsborough River as the driving force for Tampa's redevelopment.