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University Mall gets new owner, new future

University Mall will get new tenants, possibly including a warehouse club, fitness center and grocery store. Medical offices or student housing also are included in a conceptual plan posted by the mall's new owner, RD Management, on its website.

Gateway North brings luxury apartments to Largo

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.

2 major Tampa streets get new trees, flowers in $1 million makeover

The city of Tampa hopes to encourage economic development by sprucing up "gateways" along Hillsborough Avenue in Seminole Heights and Dale Mabry Highway, leading to MacDill Avenue. Landscape designs costing about $1 million will be spent.

Green is the color of Tampa's newest bike lanes

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.

Developer plans Warehouse Lofts in Seminole Heights, Tampa

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.

Hidden Springs Ale Works to open in Tampa Heights

Joshua Garman and Austin are giving up home brewing to invest in a micro-brewery on Franklin Street, near Cafe Hey and Ulele Restaurant. They hope to open by February in a vacant warehouse building next to 8-count Studios, which is in the renovated Rialto Theater.

LMB Boutique moves to trendy South Tampa

LMB Boutique will open on South Howard Avenue in a trendy South Tampa neighborhood of restaurants, shopping options and the culinary-themed Epicurean Hotel.

ENCORE! Tampa to raise curtain on performance theater

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.

Developers plan hotel/residences at Tampa's historic Kress building

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 ready to pour in Seminole Heights

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.

Goody Goody restaurant gets a new life

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.

YMCA plans 3-pool aquatics center in South Tampa

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.

CSX terminal key to thousands of new jobs in Central Florida

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.
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