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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.