History will be restored as JMC Communities renovates the lobby and surrounding rooms of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel and builds condos and carriage homes in the surrounding areas. The new community will be known as Belleview Inn & Place and will feature a 33-room boutique hotel, 104 luxury condos and 28 carriage homes.
Amazon fulfillment center in Ruskin designed by Stantec, a Tampa-based architectural and engineering firm receives the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) award for "Outstanding Development." The award was given based off of the fulfillment center's size, the 2,500 jobs created and the short amount of time that it took for construction to take place.
Led by Urban Charrette and CNU Tampa Bay, Urbanism on Tap is a series of recurring open mic events focused on generating constructive conversations about current ideas and trends shaping the urban scene.
Visitors to Tampa will have a new hotel to stay in come late summer 2016 as the McKibbon Group completes a new Hampton Inn and Suites. Also, World of Beer will be opening around the same time within walking distance from the new hotel.
Heritage Village becomes more eco-friendly as KB Industries (KBI) installs its signature product Flexi®-Pave. The product is a porous pavement made of recycled tires making it environmentally friendly, as well as eliminating standing water, reducing pollution and controlling erosion.
Innovative nonprofit program helps low-income families achieve the American dream of home ownership by assisting with building their own homes.
An 18-story tower called Bliss is under construction on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg. Features include two residences per floor, vehicular elevator, sky lounge, fitness center and pool. Construction is expected to be completed by 2016.
Cyclists, runners and pedestrians can more safely commute and take in the breathtaking views of Tampa Bay from the now complete Courtney Campbell Trail connecting Tampa and Clearwater.
The City of Tampa plans to build new park in the Channel District next to Martin at Meridian. The park will feature a dog park, event space, water features and courts to play various sports. Construction is expected to begin in 2016.
Residents can live, work and play in Westshore as the business district adds a new luxury apartment complex, Crescent Westshore, a 374-unit complex with amenities including saltwater pools, athletic center and a two-story lounge with outdoor patio.
BLUE Ocean opens its headquarters in St. Pete as it prepares for the 2016 film festival.
After receiving approval from the city, SoHo Capital starts redevelopment on The Heights in downtown Tampa along the Hillsborough River. Redevelopment plans include restoring the historic Armature Works building, and attracting new restaurants, shops and residential areas.
Old Seminole Heights attracts Ichicoro, a Japanese noodle restaurant, and Jug & Bottle Dept. a specialty store that will sell world class beer and wine.
The Gator Nationals in October will be the first event to showcase a new BMX supercross facility being built in Oldsmar. The event is sponsored by USA BMX.
Three new retailers are moving into downtown, including a luxury salon in Park Tower, a niche perfume store in studio K and an interior design lab at the base of SkyPoint.