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Old 05-19-2020, 07:39 AM
 
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My favorite area is Lakewood Ranch. It is a stunning planned development area that has everything one could need. You can work and play here. So many things to do and it is built in concert with nature. I live in The Concession. Beautiful homes with nice spacing and big yards. I love it here.
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Old 05-19-2020, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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My favorite area is Lakewood Ranch. It is a stunning planned development area that has everything one could need. You can work and play here. So many things to do and it is built in concert with nature. I live in The Concession. Beautiful homes with nice spacing and big yards. I love it here.
I’m glad that you enjoy it!

Lakewood Ranch is interesting to me-I definitely think of it as more suburb oriented-but yet, it seems to have learned lessons from what other post war suburbs haven’t gotten quite right (unincorporated spaces like Brandon and Carrollwood in this area, and Pembroke Pines, Davie, etc. in SoFla without any sort of plan or central gathering area.

Even though LWR is a suburb, it focuses on being human scale, amenities like parks, and walkable/mixed use downtown areas (Lakewood Ranch Main Street being most notable-but also the streetscape forming at UTC, and even the area over on 70 called The Green)-it’s interesting, even in this area, there is a demand/desire for walkable/human scaled gathering places for the community-the atmosphere at an event like First on Main can be pretty cool.

I also find it interesting you mention this in the Tampa Bay forum
first prior to Bradenton/Sarasota-LWR is advertised heavily at Lightning games, and on a certain level, the complex being there sort of extends the area in that direction-likewise the rapid growth that will be coming up in Parrish along with potentially a similar mixed-use development there. I wonder if that rapid growth there could lead to Bradenton/Sarasota becoming a part of the Tampa MSA as recognized by the OMB. It would be interesting to see, for sure.

Edit: I might actually ask you to expand upon the work aspect there: is there significant professional opportunity or growth in LWR itself? I’ve always thought it much more a commuter suburb.. though I do know there are some office parks on University. Are there plans for additional mixed use, etc coming to that vicinity?
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:11 PM
 
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I’m glad that you enjoy it!

Lakewood Ranch is interesting to me-I definitely think of it as more suburb oriented-but yet, it seems to have learned lessons from what other post war suburbs haven’t gotten quite right (unincorporated spaces like Brandon and Carrollwood in this area, and Pembroke Pines, Davie, etc. in SoFla without any sort of plan or central gathering area.

Even though LWR is a suburb, it focuses on being human scale, amenities like parks, and walkable/mixed use downtown areas (Lakewood Ranch Main Street being most notable-but also the streetscape forming at UTC, and even the area over on 70 called The Green)-it’s interesting, even in this area, there is a demand/desire for walkable/human scaled gathering places for the community-the atmosphere at an event like First on Main can be pretty cool.

I also find it interesting you mention this in the Tampa Bay forum
first prior to Bradenton/Sarasota-LWR is advertised heavily at Lightning games, and on a certain level, the complex being there sort of extends the area in that direction-likewise the rapid growth that will be coming up in Parrish along with potentially a similar mixed-use development there. I wonder if that rapid growth there could lead to Bradenton/Sarasota becoming a part of the Tampa MSA as recognized by the OMB. It would be interesting to see, for sure.

Edit: I might actually ask you to expand upon the work aspect there: is there significant professional opportunity or growth in LWR itself? I’ve always thought it much more a commuter suburb.. though I do know there are some office parks on University. Are there plans for additional mixed use, etc coming to that vicinity?
There are several hundred companies located in Lakewood Ranch. Lakewood Ranch was designed in a fashion that allows for live, work, play. It has been designed exactly the way new development should be done. No more need for long commutes to work in ugly, dirty and congested cities. Mandatory land preservation to allow people to live among nature and animals. Walking trails galore, along with all kinds of parks and activities. Restaurants, shopping, entertainment, sports fields, employment. It is the total package.

Lakewood Ranch for Enjoyable Life
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Old 05-20-2020, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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To specifically list some recent openings on the LWR front-The West District:

-Selva Grill
-Barnes and Noble
Ford's Garage
Jeni's Ice Creams (particularly excited about this one)
Row House a rowing specialty/indoor workout center, among other places... such as Shake Shack and Acropolis that have opened here. UTC and LWR, in general, have grown on me as a result of this strip. They have also expanded and improved the visibility, etc. of the Benderson trail network, and look to continue to be adding more to this strip. Apartments are coming over here to perhaps increase the neighborhood feel being built there now. And, the bus station at the end of that strip would seem to allow someone to get to Gulf Gate Estates, The Airport (almost a park/ride type deal), Downtown and the beaches without a car.

Actually, I know it's not exact by any stretch but Lakewood Ranch has started to remind me of Boca Raton a little bit, especially the relation of the West District or Lakewood Ranch Main Street to the Mizner Park area, although of course that was more retrofitted after the fact to be more of a community center. It shows an impressive level of wealth within the South Tampa Bay area in general, that UTC Mall could legitimately compete with International Plaza/Bay Street for the most upscale/best retail district within this area.
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Old 06-08-2020, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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"Southwest Florida Coast" whatever that means, 4th in construction activity among multifamily housing development. It mentions Fort Myers and Sarasota together-Sarasota's waterfront north of downtown has a remarkable level of development happening right now in general, I can speak to that: https://www.multihousingnews.com/pos...tion-activity/

https://www.heraldtribune.com/busine...y-headquarters I thought this was interesting-it relates to the increased movement towards work from home in general, and what that might mean for cities not just in this area, but anywhere.

Midtown Tampa looks to be ready in time for the Super Bowl, still:
https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay...own-tampa.html
I feel like I really would be served well with a subscription to Tampa Bay Business Journal. Does anyone else subscribe to it?

Cafe Ponte permanently shuttering-one of the more well known fine dining spots in the area. I wonder how much sit down establishments and small business will continue to struggle during COVID-19, and in it's aftermath.
https://www.tampabay.com/arts-entert...oses-for-good/

Results of the Fletcher Avenue redesign: A decrease in pedestrian injuries and deaths https://www.83degreesmedia.com/devne...s.-060220.aspx

https://stpeterising.com/home/2020/5...ntral-district New apartment building opening here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/31...!4d-82.6755448 Interesting how Central Avenue continues to push west. I wonder how much, if any, connection this unit will have to the Grand Central Station bus stop right next door, as perhaps some sort of a multi-modal hub for residents that live there-I still plan to eventually take the express line on MCAT (from Manatee Route 203-Skyway Connexion) up to Grand Central, then take the Central Avenue Trolley from there to downtown, or even just walk over to Haslam's/Pom Pom's and then back. Maybe when doing so, this unit will be closer to finished by then, and it will spark more development/refurbishment of the Grand Central Bus Station in general.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaj...YISnCAiAXB3SmA

For anyone interested in this sort of thing-this channel might be worth checking out. Cafe Con Tampa is a weekly event that takes place Friday mornings in the upstairs of Oxford Exchange with a prominent member of the community speaking on some topic or another. Of course, given the recent circumstances, all of that has had to happen virtually... and so with that being the case, all of those videos are present on YouTube, I am hoping to catch up on some with time. Jane Castor, amongst a number of other local business owners, etc., have been interviewed on there. Whether you agree with them or not, it can give you further insights on what is happening in the city and region, and what the attitudes of local leaders and business owners are.

I am actually starting a podcast myself-and so listening to some of these interviews gives me some further ideas on how to be engaging, address audiences, etc.
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Old 06-13-2020, 08:14 AM
 
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Any updates on the Port Tampa Bay Towers @ 75 floors each? Skyscraper page has them listed as proposed which means there's been new developments in the project in the last 2 years, so it's not a stale proposal as far as the site says.
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Old 06-15-2020, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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To be honest with you, the Port Tampa Bay Towers are actually news to me in terms of any word about them at all.

https://www.emporis.com/buildings/12...i-tampa-fl-usa This is the one you are talking about, correct?

https://www.fox13news.com/news/port-...igh-rise-tower Honestly-I'm actually (though I could be wrong), thinking this might be what ends up actually going where you mention.

This article was written in Q4 of 2019, and with much more specific details and might be the same one location wise or in that same vicinity.

This is the last article I could find talking about the towers you mentioned:
https://www.tampabay.com/news/busine...raper/2241634/
This was written really before Vinik took the reigns and Water Street really began taking on it's current shape in earnest. There's another one about the same 33 story unit I believe, written in October 2019 from the Tampa Bay Times.

https://www.tampabay.com/news/busine...district-land/
This article would seem to confirm-Eleve 61 would be one of the towers that ended up getting filled in on site, and the other is Streams Capital's project

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...dings_in_Tampa
wish I could give you more specific insider info than this lol, but I'm really just looking into it, and sadly, it does indeed look like that project is dead or never got off the ground. That being said, that something is being built there is still good-I was just over in the Water Street/Channelside area Friday afternoon and the level of development is just shocking. Midrise units that create a human scale and neighborhood form do seem to be much more of a trend now overall anyways-I could be wrong, but young as I am, I'm not sure I'll ever live to see Tampa get a 1,000 footer-though with that said Miami is moving that direction-but I feel like Miami has more land shortage challenges which make vertical development more necessary.
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Old 06-17-2020, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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A couple of niches filled within St. Petersburg:

The expanded Spitfire Theatre location at 1920 1st Avenue S opens this weekend:
https://stpeterising.com/home/2020/6...ntral-district

Greenlight Cinema, an art house spot looks finished and should open when things are returning to normal from COVID-19
https://stpeterising.com/home/2020/2...wntown-st-pete

That's in addition to the recent soft opening of Sunshine Kitty Catfe.

So, cinephiles, felineophiles and laughophiles, rejoice!
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:38 PM
 
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Don't forget Midtown (link) in South Tampa. If I understand it correctly, midtown is building 750,000 SQ feet of office space and 400 apartments there. If we assume 250 SQ feet per employee, midtown would have 3000 employees that all need housing. Office-type jobs tend to pay above average and housing prices mostly correlate with the incomes of the new buyers.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:21 PM
 
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And now we are told MOSI will not move to the downtown Vinickville, but rather stay & be a true catalyst in north Tampa for the "Uptown" district.

"A combination of residential and commercial space could include everything from workforce housing to a movie studio and space for health care or high-tech industries. Residents could take advantage of mass transit, educational and retail services in the densely populated neighborhood

This same "Uptown" district which stretches West along Fowler & Fletcher to I-275 that saw the recent looting and burning of businesses.
Mass transit? Buses and widened bike lanes? "Workforce" housing?

I just do not see it.

https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/202...mpa-editorial/
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