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Downtown Tampa quiet zone silences train horns with FDOT grant funds

A new 'quiet zone' will prevent trains from sounding horns in downtown Tampa as a result of the Florida Department of Transportation awarding the City of Tampa a $1.35 millon grant to create the 'quiet zone' along CSX railroad tracks throughout downtown Tampa.   

Architectural photography contest open in Tampa

The 2015 Architectural Photography Contest will take place in Tampa Bay, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.

Luxury condo, The Salvador, headed for ground-breaking

DDA Development is ready to break ground on the 13-story luxury residential tower, The Salvador. The luxury condominiums are bucking a trend toward more apartments but Smith & Associates director of development, David Moyer, says about 30 percent of condos have pre-sold.

McAlister's Deli will add Tampa/Hillsborough County restaurants

McAlister's Deli is adding 30 restaurants around the country. About 10 to 12 of those will be in Tampa and Hillsborough County, where McAlister's representatives see "robust growth" and opportunities in business districts and new residents moving into apartments.

Will work for food? Try Harbor Dish Community Cafe in Safety Harbor

Harbor Dish Community Cafe is a restaurant concept where people pay what they can afford for meals or opt to volunteer in return for meals. The cafe is part of a broad-range of goals aimed at helping the working poor, seniors, military veterans and at-risk youth.

Waypoint Homes aids restoration at Tampa Heights youth development and community center

The final push is on to complete renovations at the historical Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church which will be the future home of the Tampa Heights Youth Development and Community Center. Waypoint Homes is donating labor and materials for the project. An opening date is expected in March.

Tampa invests $30M in water lines, cycle track

The exploding growth of new residential towers, hotels and restaurants in downtown Tampa will require improvements to the city's utility services, including water delivery and water pressure. Tampa will spend about $30 million on three infrastructure projects over the next year and a half.

Bus riders get new transit center in Pinellas Park

Pinellas County bus riders have a new customer service center with the opening of the Pinellas Park Transit Center behind the Shoppes of Pinellas Park on 70th Avenue. Riders can buy tickets, figure out schedules or ask questions of PSTA employees.

Fitlife Foods opens in Downtown Tampa, offers meals to go

Office workers and downtown Tampa residents can "grab and go" breakfast, lunch and dinner at Fitlife Foods, a new fast-food concept opening on the mezzanine floor of Bank of America on Kennedy Boulevard.

Big Brothers Big Sisters moves national headquarters to Tampa

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is relocating from Dallas to Tampa and giving the city of Tampa a plum prize -- a national corporate headquarters. Former Mayor Pam Iorio became the 110-year-old nonprofit's chief executive officer in April.

Holiday Inn Express will be first hotel in Trinity in West Pasco County

Pasco County is in the midst of a development boom of new residences, restaurants and malls. In late 2015, the Trinity area will get its first hotel, a Holiday Inn Express. Hotel developer Michael Holtz of MPH Hotels, Inc. and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Group partnered on the deal.

Fodder & Shine and Bourgeois Pig open in Seminole Heights

Seminole Heights' reputation for fine dining adds two new and eclectic restaurant choices with the opening of Fodder & Shine on Florida Avenue and The Bourgeois Pig on Nebraska Avenue in Tampa.

TGH opens second primary health care center in Pasco County

Tampa General Hospital is responding to new growth in Pasco County by expanding its medical facilities. TGH opens its second Family Care Center in the county and its first in Wesley Chapel.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik plans $1B Investment in Downtown Tampa

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.
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