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First large corporate headquarters announced for Channel District

First large corporate headquarters announced for Channel District

Quality Distribution, Inc. to occupy 45,000 sf at Grand Central. Mercury Advisors announced today that one of the first large corporate headquarters to locate in the Channel District, Quality Distribution, Inc. (QDI), has signed a 10-year, 45,000 sf ground floor lease at Grand Central at Kennedy. QDI is a global leader in liquid bulk transportation, […]

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Corporate HQ moving from suburbs to downtown Tampa’s Channel district

Corporate HQ moving from suburbs to downtown Tampa’s Channel district

A transportation company is moving its corporate headquarters from the suburbs to downtown Tampa’s Channel district, bringing 250 employees to the urban core. Quality Distribution Inc. has signed a 10-year lease for 45,000 square feet on the ground floor of Grand Central at Kennedy, the mixed-use development at Kennedy Boulevard and Meridian Avenue that includes […]

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Trigaux: How a tasty menu helped bring Quality Distribution’s headquarters to downtown Tampa

Trigaux: How a tasty menu helped bring Quality Distribution’s headquarters to downtown Tampa

TAMPA — I’m not sure whether to credit the mushroom ricotta stuffed Paccheri pasta or wild boar lasagna at the Cena restaurant. Such tasty Italian fare, it can be argued, is at least one good reason a billion-dollar company based in a Tampa office park near I-75 committed to relocate its headquarters and 250 employees […]

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Tampa trucking company Quality Distribution relocating headquarters to downtown Channel District

Tampa trucking company Quality Distribution relocating headquarters to downtown Channel District

Quality Distribution Inc., a trucking business based off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near I-75 in Tampa, plans to move its headquarters to the ground floor of Grand Central at Kennedy, the mixed-use development at Kennedy Boulevard and Meridian Avenue that includes condominiums and retail space. That’s a relocation of 250 employees and a […]

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Hotel with ground-floor retail planned for Channel district

Hotel with ground-floor retail planned for Channel district

A Tampa developer who picked up a prime corner of downtown’s Channel district earlier this year has revealed its plans for the property. Liberty Group is planning a nine-story hotel with seven-story parking garage at 1155 E. Kennedy Blvd., where Kennedy Boulevard intersects with North Meridian Avenue. Liberty, which acquired the vacant .95-acre parcel in […]

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Publix Comes to Downtown Tampa

Publix Comes to Downtown Tampa

Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined representatives from Mercury Advisors, KAST Construction, Publix Super Markets, ECI Group, and others to kick-off the construction of the Channel Club, a 21-story apartment tower. Part of the tower’s design includes a Publix grocery store. Once complete, this project gives the Channel District all of the amenities of a walkable community. […]

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Great news for downtown Tampa: Grocery store in Channel District breaks ground

Great news for downtown Tampa: Grocery store in Channel District breaks ground

Longtime residents of downtown Tampa say they’ve been waiting for a supermarket for at least 15 years. They will have to wait a little while longer — about 620 days — but a Publix supermarket is definitely in the works as part of The Channel Club mixed-use development project in the Channel District. Downtown residents, […]

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Construction begins on downtown Tampa Publix

Construction begins on downtown Tampa Publix

People have been waiting for this! Friday, construction crews broke ground on a downtown Tampa Publix. It’s between Twiggs and East Madison streets. It will adjoin to a new 22-story residential tower. Mayor Bob Buckhorn says this is just the latest example of how downtown is exploding with new development, including several apartment and condo […]

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City, developers to celebrate long-awaited Publix in downtown Tampa

City, developers to celebrate long-awaited Publix in downtown Tampa

Channel Club, the long-awaited development in downtown Tampa that includes a Publix Super Markets Inc. store, will be celebrated Friday morning. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the development team behind Channel Club will gather at the site at 1105 E. Twiggs St. at 10 a.m. The project is a joint venture between Tampa’s Mercury Advisors […]

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Construction begins on downtown Tampa Publix development

Construction begins on downtown Tampa Publix development

Dirt is finally moving on one of the most anticipated developments in downtown Tampa in the last decade. Construction work on the Channel Club, a 21-story apartment tower and Publix Super Markets Inc. store, began Friday morning on a vacant lot between East Twiggs and East Madison streets. Ken Stoltenberg, a principal with Mercury Advisors […]

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Here’s what to expect in the first phase of the Vinik-Cascade $2B district in downtown Tampa

Here’s what to expect in the first phase of the Vinik-Cascade $2B district in downtown Tampa

The first phase of Strategic Property Partners’ $2 billion mixed-use district in downtown Tampa is starting to take shape, with plans of breaking ground by late 2017. The first phase will build a neighborhood on what’s now a desolate series of dirt and gravel parking lots bordered by Meridian Avenue to the east, South Morgan […]

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Lowest Financing Rate Ever at Grand Central at Kennedy

Lowest Financing Rate Ever at Grand Central at Kennedy

Fannie Mae Offers Down Payments as Low as 3% for Qualified Buyers (Tampa, FL) – Ken Stoltenberg and Frank Bombeeck, directors, Mercury Advisors, announced today that a new financing option, Fannie Mae, is now available on the limited inventory of remaining residences at Grand Central at Kennedy. Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), commonly known as Fannie Mae, […]

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Here’s an update on the eagerly awaited Publix stores planned for downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg

Here’s an update on the eagerly awaited Publix stores planned for downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg

Construction is moving forward on two of the most eagerly awaited Publix stores in Tampa Bay. Publix has officially signed a lease for a downtown Tampa location at the corner of E. Twiggs Street and N. Meridian Avenue, as part of a new residential development with Mercury Advisors. The grocery will likely break ground on […]

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Channelside Drive construction work begins Monday

Channelside Drive construction work begins Monday

Driving around Amalie Arena is about to get a whole lot more difficult over the next few months. Beginning Monday morning, the city of Tampa begins an infrastructure project that’s estimated to take between 18 and 24 months to complete. The first section of work is on Morgan Street, near the intersection of Channelside Drive. […]

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Channel district tower, Publix close to signing a general contractor

Channel district tower, Publix close to signing a general contractor

Channel Club, the long-anticipated apartment tower and Publix Super Markets Inc. store in Tampa’s Channel district, is inching closer to vertical construction. Mercury Advisors, the developer of the Channel Club, and KAST Construction are close to signing an agreement, Ken Stoltenberg, principal of Mercury Advisors, said Tuesday. “We are working diligently to finalize all the […]

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With Channelside Bay Plaza in flux, Vinik-Cascade team launches program to buoy tenants

With Channelside Bay Plaza in flux, Vinik-Cascade team launches program to buoy tenants

The Vinik-Cascade real estate team is looking to buoy tenants in Channelside Bay Plaza with a new promotion meant to reel in residents of the surrounding neighborhood. Strategic Property Partners and Franklin Street — which SPP tapped to lease and manage the property — have launched the “Channelside Bay Plaza VIP card,” which is good […]

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Vinik-Cascade team picks up more land in Channel district

Vinik-Cascade team picks up more land in Channel district

Strategic Property Partners has picked up a very small — yet very prominent — piece of land for its $2 billion district in downtown Tampa. SPP, which is controlled by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Cascade Investment LLC, said Friday it has acquired a .26-acre parcel along Channelside Drive. SPP paid $2.2 million […]

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Tampa developer buys prime corner of Channel District

Tampa developer buys prime corner of Channel District

A Tampa developer has acquired one of the most visible vacant parcels in downtown’s Channel district. A corporate entity tied to Liberty Group paid $3.25 million for the .95-acre lot at the corner of North Meridian Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard, according to Hillsborough County property records. “As of this moment, we have not confirmed any […]

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Take a Look at Tampa’s First Protected Bike Lane

Take a Look at Tampa’s First Protected Bike Lane

Tampa is starting to make progress on safe bike infrastructure. Last weekend, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn led a celebratory ride to mark the opening of the city’s first protected bike lane — a curb-protected two-way lane on Cass Street downtown. The Cass Street project is one of the first protected bike lanes in Florida — a notoriously dangerous […]

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Vinik-Cascade contractor to hold meeting for subcontracting work on $35M job

Vinik-Cascade contractor to hold meeting for subcontracting work on $35M job

Kimmins Contracting Corp. will meet with subcontractors who want a piece of its $35 million infrastructure improvement project for Strategic Property Partners. SPP, the real estate company controlled by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Cascade Investment LLC, said Thursday that it and Kimmins will hold an informational meeting for subcontractors at 4 p.m. […]

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Foodie scene, craft beer attract millennial CEOs, traffic not so much

Foodie scene, craft beer attract millennial CEOs, traffic not so much

The Tampa Bay area received strong marks in economic factors that attract millennials and millennial CEOs in a report released by the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. The report, which combined two surveys to compare the Tampa Bay region to four other metropolitan areas, looked at factors such as work-life balance, pro-business local and state […]

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Bar review: District Tavern a hip spot in Tampa’s Channel District

Bar review: District Tavern a hip spot in Tampa’s Channel District

The phrase “neighborhood bar” tends to evoke scenes from a smoky dive populated by beer-swigging old-timers, or a Cheers-style pub, the central social hub for both the staff and clientele. District Tavern is unquestionably a neighborhood bar, but it’s far removed from the images most often associated with the genre. Located at the base of […]

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Cass Street Cycle Track, the final piece of Tampa Riverwalk, opens to public

Cass Street Cycle Track, the final piece of Tampa Riverwalk, opens to public

Forty years ago, the idea of building a park along the Hillsborough River first took root among Tampa politicians. Six mayors and $33 million later, the plan finally came to fruition. Mayor Bob Buckhorn officially opened the final segment of the 2.6-mile Riverwalk on Saturday morning, welcoming the public to the final piece of a […]

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SoHo Cycling instructor opening new fitness concept in Channel district

SoHo Cycling instructor opening new fitness concept in Channel district

A Tampa fitness professional is striking out on his own with a new concept in the Channel district. Viking Fitness has signed a lease for the 3,500-square-foot warehouse at 1318 Channelside Drive, which was previously an automotive shop. The concept is the brainchild of Bradford Stevens, a personal trainer and instructor at SoHo Cycling in […]

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Zipcar On-demand service and Free shuttles for downtown workers

Zipcar On-demand service and Free shuttles for downtown workers

Free electric shuttles will begin whisking downtown employees from remote parking lots and the Marion Transit Center to businesses throughout the city’s core within a couple of months. The Tampa City Council, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Area board, voted Thursday to give the Tampa Downtown Partnership $550,000 toward the $1 million it will take […]

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Community art giveback begins in Channel District, Tampa

Community art giveback begins in Channel District, Tampa

Art is springing from the walls in the Channel District, literally. The Channel District Community Alliance, Inc. in cooperation with the homeowner’s association at the Grand Central at Kennedy has begun the first installment of their art giveback to the community. The project entitled, “Waves of Change,” is a four-part art series that will reflect […]

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Duckweed sets up in Channel District

Duckweed sets up in Channel District

Duckweed Urban Grocery opened in downtown Tampa in 2013 to provide residents of The Element, as well as the community, with a grocery store in walking distance. Setting up shop downtown 3 Months AgoWorker salaries set to rise in 2016 4 Months AgoThe new Duckweed location in the Channel District, which is also situated on […]

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Fourth Friday debuts downtown with focus on Tampa’s arts, culture

Fourth Friday debuts downtown with focus on Tampa’s arts, culture

The First Friday block party has long been a fixture of St. Petersburg’s thriving downtown social scene. Now Tampa is poised to launch its own monthly social happening, focused mainly on the museums and theaters that run the length of the city’s Riverwalk. Fourth Friday starts Friday in downtown Tampa with nine cultural venues planning […]

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Broker: Expect condo construction in downtown Tampa in the next 12 months

Broker: Expect condo construction in downtown Tampa in the next 12 months

Demand for condominiums in downtown Tampa is on the rise — and driving up prices to the point that the urban core could see new construction within the next year. The most encouraging sign in the market is so few units up for sale, said Dave Traynor, development services director with Smith & Associates Real […]

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A dogged, wonderful persistence’: One  developer’s bet on the Channel district is   finally paying off

A dogged, wonderful persistence’: One developer’s bet on the Channel district is finally paying off

When developer Ken Stoltenberg moved to Tampa in 1998, he saw potential in an area where few others were willing to venture. As he took what was then the Crosstown Expressway from his home in Palma Ceia to his office in Orlando, he’d always look over at the Channel district, imagining what could go there. […]

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Second water taxi service to launch in downtown Tampa

Second water taxi service to launch in downtown Tampa

There soon will be a new water taxi service in town, giving Tampa residents and visitors another way to cruise around downtown’s waterfront. Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises announced Monday that it is launching a fleet of three pirate-themed water taxis Feb. 27 in downtown Tampa. The 50-foot taxis feature concessions, restrooms and historical narration. They […]

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Channel district Publix takes crucial step forward

Channel district Publix takes crucial step forward

The long-awaited Publix Super Markets Inc. store in the Channel district is moving forward. Mercury Advisors, developer of the grocery store and a 21-story apartment tower on the same vacant block in between Madison and Twiggs streets, on Monday received preliminary approval for its plans from the city. “We received approval on the foundation and […]

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Channel District in downtown Tampa: ‘Hottest real estate market in region’

Channel District in downtown Tampa: ‘Hottest real estate market in region’

From the outside – meaning if you don’t live there – what you notice about Tampa’s Channel District is lots of tall, new buildings with art-deco architecture and  ground-floor storefronts, more traffic, a big new gym and a park. But for those on the inside, what’s happening there, or what they hope will happen, is […]

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What happens after you unveil a billion-dollar vision? Jeff Vinik reflects on the last year

What happens after you unveil a billion-dollar vision? Jeff Vinik reflects on the last year

No dirt was moved, but here’s what happens when you unveil a billion-dollar vision. Jeff Vinik is feeling good. He’s just back from two days of meetings in New York, where he says “people know” about the $2 billion real estate development he and Cascade Investment LLC are backing in downtown Tampa.” “We’re on the […]

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New Channel district restaurant opens today

New Channel district restaurant opens today

Downtown Tampa’s Channel district has a new dining option. District Tavern opens at 7 p.m. Friday in SkyHouse Channelside, the newly built apartment tower on North 12th Street, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. The space has been under construction since July; EWI Construction of Tampa is the contractor on the project. It features a […]

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Jeff Vinik’s $1 billion plan for downtown Tampa finally revealed

Jeff Vinik’s $1 billion plan for downtown Tampa finally revealed

TAMPA — Roads that don’t meet. An incomplete skyline. An empty crater at the heart of the city. For decades, downtown has been an unfinished work in progress. Jeff Vinik wants to fix that. The Tampa Bay Lighting owner on Wednesday rolled out his long-awaited $1 billion “vision plan” to build nearly 3 million square […]

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Exclusive: Patel Group buys more Channel district property, considering retail development

Exclusive: Patel Group buys more Channel district property, considering retail development

A moribund corner of the Channel district could be revitalized with a craft distillery, brewery or new retail development. The Patel Group has closed on 1242 Channelside Drive, which is adjacent to the two warehouses it already owns on North 12th Street. The group paid $800,000 for the .43-acre site, according to a Hillsborough County […]

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Groundbreaking: USF Health & Downtown Tampa

Groundbreaking: USF Health & Downtown Tampa

First, a confluence of circumstances appeared on the horizon. Forming one side, the University of South Florida Health’s Morsani College of Medicine critically required a new facility to adapt to contemporary medical training requirements. Its focus was directed at students, with meeting their academic, professional, social and health needs viewed as not just paramount to […]

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$2.5 million investment will improve trail connecting Riverwalk to Ybor

$2.5 million investment will improve trail connecting Riverwalk to Ybor

TAMPA — A somewhat obscure 1.7-mile paved trail connecting to the Tampa Riverwalk will soon become a lot more visible. The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority board has voted to invest $2.5 million to upgrade the trail with pocket parks, bike racks, landscaping and other amenities. Already, the authority is adding signs to direct pedestrians, bicyclists […]

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Significance of Publix Opening in Channel District Reaches Beyond its Aisles

Significance of Publix Opening in Channel District Reaches Beyond its Aisles

Publix doesn’t build in a neighborhood without doing its homework. So the grocery chain’s confirmation this week that it plans to open a store in the Channel District is a pretty solid indicator that downtown Tampa has achieved the critical residential mass it has long sought. For years now, grocers have looked around downtown Tampa […]

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Grand Central at Kennedy Nears Sell Out, Welcomes Publix to Channel District

Grand Central at Kennedy Nears Sell Out, Welcomes Publix to Channel District

Community over 85 percent sold; limited inventory available adjacent to Publix (Tampa, FL) – Grand Central at Kennedy developers Ken Stoltenberg and Frank Bombeeck, Mercury Advisors, announced today an agreement has been reached with Publix Super Markets. The Lakeland-based grocer plans to open a 37,600 sq. ft. store in the fall of 2017 on the […]

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Developer reveals more details on Publix, 21-story apartment tower for Channel district (New rendering)

Developer reveals more details on Publix, 21-story apartment tower for Channel district (New rendering)

Tuesday morning’s news was a long time coming for Ken Stoltenberg. Stoltenberg, principal of Tampa-based Mercury Advisors, has been working on a grocery store and apartment tower in downtown Tampa’s Channel district for years. On Tuesday, Lakeland-based Publix Supermarkets Inc. confirmed the grocery store and Mercury Advisors filed permits for the tower and retail store. […]

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Publix to open new store in downtown Tampa’s Channelside District

Publix to open new store in downtown Tampa’s Channelside District

A grocery store in downtown Tampa has been rumored for months, but it’s finally going to happen.   Publix has confirmed with Action News it has started the process to build a brand new grocery store in the Channelside district.   “To say that we’re excited for the prospect of having Publix in Channel District […]

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Developer files plans to build Publix in Channel District

Developer files plans to build Publix in Channel District

TAMPA — In what a high-rise developer is calling “a big stamp of validation for downtown,” Publix Super Markets confirmed Tuesday it will open a grocery store in the Channel District. Plans call for a 38,000-square-foot store, slightly smaller than a typical 45,000 square-foot Publix, in retail space alongside the Channel Club project at East […]

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Publix coming to booming area in downtown Tampa’s Channel District in 2017

Publix coming to booming area in downtown Tampa’s Channel District in 2017

TAMPA — After more than a decade of hard work, frustration and disappointment, a grocery store is finally coming to downtown Tampa’s Channel District. A 37,600-square-foot Publix is expected to open in the fall of 2017 at the corner of E Twiggs Street and N Meridian Avenue, developer Mercury Advisors of Tampa said Tuesday. “It […]

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Vinik’s development will become first wellness-focused city district

Vinik’s development will become first wellness-focused city district

TAMPA — Jeff Vinik’s redevelopment of 40 acres around Amalie Arena will become the world’s first health- and wellness-focused city district, dedicated to the well-being of employees, students, residents, tenants and guests expected to live and work in the area. The announcement that the Vinik project would be a WELL Certified district came at the […]

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Jeff Vinik discusses Channelside development, Lightning

Jeff Vinik discusses Channelside development, Lightning

TAMPA, FLA. — The area across the street from Amalie Arena can be a bit of an eyesore. You’ll find big construction trucks and unpaved lots, but Lightning owner Jeff Vinik hopes his vision will transform the area. Friday, a crowd of involved and eager members of Tampa Bay greeted Vinik at a meeting of the Tampa […]

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Tampa port flexes muscle, injecting waterfront plan into downtown renaissance

Tampa port flexes muscle, injecting waterfront plan into downtown renaissance

With Port Tampa Bay’s unveiling of a $1.7 billion redevelopment vision for its 45 acres of waterfront property near the Channel District, a cornerstone piece of greater downtown Tampa’s potential renaissance has arrived. The bold port plan, highlighted by the purposely sky-high 75-story twin towers, seeks to resurrect a stretch of waterfront still pockmarked with […]

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Port’s ambitious Channel district real estate plan includes retail, residential and commercial

Port’s ambitious Channel district real estate plan includes retail, residential and commercial

The expanse of pavement that lines Channelside Drive could some day be home to a glitzy mix of residential towers and retail and commercial space — a total of 9 million square feet and $1.5 billion in development costs. Port Tampa Bay on Thursday unveiled a “vision plan” for its Channel district real estate that […]

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Port Tampa Bay unveils $1.7 billion plan to develop 45 acres in Channel District

Port Tampa Bay unveils $1.7 billion plan to develop 45 acres in Channel District

TAMPA — The land that Port Tampa Bay owns near downtown is now 45 acres of sun-beaten asphalt. But what could it be 15 years from now? How about $1.7 billion worth of apartments, hotels, offices and stores, with a bigger cruise ship terminal, one of Tampa’s largest urban waterfront parks, a marina and two […]

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