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.
Work on The Tampa Riverwalk through downtown is expected to be completed in 2015. Along the walkway, the Friends of the Riverwalk are creating a Historical Monument Trail with bronze busts and informational monuments that honor the men and women who served as Tampa's leaders.
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 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.
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 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.
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 will open on South Howard Avenue in a trendy South Tampa neighborhood of restaurants, shopping options and the culinary-themed Epicurean Hotel.
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.