July 27, 2015  

Monday Morning Memo is your weekly update on Downtown Tampa development, transportation updates, news and events.  Click on the sections below or scroll down to read the complete issue.

In this Issue...

The Partnership Presents Development and Transportation
Downtown Business Watch SkyHouse Tower Opens in Channel District
Win Tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Varekai Proposed 52-Story Tower Announced
  Perry Harvey Park Groundbreaking
Your Downtown Calendar The Heights Developers Buy More Land
Monday Music Madness North Hyde Park Project Construction Begins
FMoPA's Artist Reception Transportation News
Tampa Bay Comic Con  
Juan Vazquez Artist Reception Member Corner
Storm Fan Appreciation Night Tindale Oliver Welcomes New Team Member
  TGH Ranked in Top 50 Nationally
Doing Business in Downtown JLL Hires New Senior VP in Tampa Office
Marketplace News  
Lightning's CEO Leiweke Resigns Around Town
Tampa BOA Vice Chair to Retire Lowry Park Hires New CEO
  Mayor Buckhorn Presents Proposed Budget
  Where Love Grows Cooking Series

The Partnership Presents

Downtown Business Watch
If you are a Downtown Tampa business and have not yet signed up for the Downtown Business Watch, we have to ask, what are you waiting for? Be a part of the community and get involved by promoting Downtown as a safer, more inviting place to live, work, and visit.  Join the DBW (it's FREE) by filling out the Business Watch Registration Form and then return it to Officer Sean Mahabir via email at sean.mahabir@tampagov.net, or submit it to any Tampa Downtown Guide. Once registered, you will receive a decal to display in your window. 

Watch members have direct contact with downtown police officers and receive  up-to-the-minute security alerts. This is a program of the Tampa Police Department and proudly sponsored by the Tampa Downtown Partnership.  DBW Business Watch Fact Sheet.

Win Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai
10 million people have entered the captivating forest inhabited by the creatures whose nomadic souls are enchanted just as the magical world they live in. Cirque du Soleil’s Varkeai descends on Tampa for a limited engagement from Wednesday, August 5 to Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Amalie Arena.

The word "Varekai" (pronounced ver•ay•’kie) means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies. Lovers of travel and wanderlust dreamers will fall in love with the sights and sounds of this production. A kaleidoscope of colors, characters, mixed with amazingly skilled acrobatic feats will have your imaginations running wild as your senses are heightened with every passing minute.

And now you can ENTER TO WIN FOUR TICKETS to the August 5 performance. No purchase necessary to win. Contest winner will be notified via e-mail on August 3.  Should the winner not respond within 24 hours to confirm acceptance, a new winner will be chosen on August 4, 2015.

For show and ticket information, visit Cique du Soleil's Varkeai. Ticket prices range from $40 – $115 (subject to change).

This contest is sponsored by Cirque de Soleil in partnership with the Tampa Downtown Partnership.  Watch the official trailer here to get a glimpse of what you will experience at Varekai!


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Your Downtown Calendar

The following is just a sample of upcoming events in Downtown Tampa.  Visit the Downtown Tampa Events Calendar for a more comprehensive list.

Monday Music  Madness
Mondays, 6pm – Food Buffet; 7pm – Live Music
Stageworks Theatre
Another Monday!  Another great night of music, singing, and dance with live music of the 1970s and 1980s! $15 at the door. For more information, visit Stageworks’ Monday Music Madness.

FMoPA’s Artist Reception
Thursday, July 30, 6pm to 8pm
Florida Museum of Photographic Art
Meet photographic artist, Jason Henthorne, whose exhibit “Coastal Florida”  is showing through Monday, August 31. Free to Members and $10 for not-yet-members. For more information about Henthorne’s exhibit currently on display, visit FMoPA’s Exhibits.

Tampa Bay Comic Con
Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2
Tampa Convention Center
Family-friendly comic book convention with everything from comics and videos to action figures, artwork, trading cards and more. Some of this year’s celebrity guests include, Carrie Fisher from Star Wars, Jena Malone of The Hunger Games, Iain Glen with Game of Thrones, and Tom Kenny from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Renowned comic creators will also be on hand, with appearances by Neal Adams, Mark Ward, John Bolton and others.

This year’s event will also include a Film Fest. Single-day admission starts at $30.  Admission is free for visitors 12 and under. For more information, visit Tampa Bay Comic Con.

Juan Vazquez Artist Reception

Friday, July 31, 5:30pm to 8pm
TECO Public Art Gallery, 702 N. Franklin Street
International artist Juan T. Vazquez, featured in the Known & Unknown: 24 Paintings by Cuban Artists collection, will be on hand for a talk and reception.

The colorfully, vibrant art exhibit is currently on display through September 3. The collection is City Councilman Charlie Miranda he amassed from travels to Havana. The reception is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Debra at 813.767.1600 or dradke1@tampabay.rr.com.

Storm Fan Appreciation Night

Saturday, August 1, Begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
50% off merchandise, 40% off food and beverages, a meet and greet with Tampa Bay Storm team members following the Tampa Bay Storm vs Los Angeles Kiss game. Tickets start at only $6! For more information, visit TB Storm vs. LA Kiss.


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Uncommon Finds was featured in last week’s Tampa Bay Business Journal article, “This fragrance obsessed entrepreneur says downtown Tampa is ready for a niche perfume boutique.” Owner Rob Atkins, self-described as a “scent junkie”, sells niche perfumes, ranging from $155 to $195, and has added skin care and beauty products to his shop inventory. The products are from New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood’s Malin+Goetz apothecary line. Look for scented candle sets, scented bar soaps, eucalyptus body wash, and peppermint shampoo and cilantro hair conditioner.  Prices range from $12 to $50. 

Starbucks Corp. will open a 2,300-square-foot store at the University of Tampa’s new Innovation and Collaboration Building on North Boulevard near West Kennedy Boulevard, offering its Reserve line of coffees and Clover brewing system. Starbucks is not only bringing heavy-duty caffeine to the campus, but also 20 to 30 jobs!

Duckweed Urban Grocery was featured in Tampa Tribune article, “Duckweed to open 2nd market in Channelside” as they prepare to open a second location in Downtown’s Channel District in late 2015. The 2,000-square-foot space will be located on the ground floor of The Place condominium building selling dog food. The new location will cater to the professionals living in the Channel District, offering prepared meals, dry goods, dog food, and more

Lightning’s CEO Leiweke Resigns
Tod Leiweke, Tampa Bay Lightning CEO, announced his resignation last week as he moves on to a new chapter in his career as chief operating officer of the National Football League. Steve Griggs, who has served as the Lightning’s president, will step up to the CEO position, reporting to Lightning Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik. Steve Yzerman, Vice President and General Manager, will continue to report to Mr. Vinik on hockey operations matters.

Downtown Tampa thanks Mr. Leiweke for all he has contributed to the Lightning organization’s success, and best wishes him on his new role, and to the Lightning leadership and team for continued success as they prepare for the 2015-2016 season.

Read more in “Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke resigns, joins NFL”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa BOA Vice Chair to Retire
Vice Chairman David Darnell has announced his retirement from the Bank of America. Mr. Darnell has worked for BOA for 35 years. Upon Mr. Darnell’s retirement, Terry Laughlin, president of strategic initiatives, will be appointed vice chairman in Tampa, and serve as leader of the global wealth and investment management division. Read more in “Bank of America top executive in Tampa to retire.” - Tampa Bay Business Journal


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Development & Transportation

SkyHouse Tower Opens in Channel District
Representatives from SkyHouse the development team of Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development Co. were joined by Mayor Bob Buckhorn to officiate over the grand opening celebration last Thursday for SkyHouse, a mixed-use development project which just opened this month in Downtown’s Channel District. 

The 23-story tower boosts a rooftop community area with pool, and well-appointed indoor and outdoor seating areas, 320 residential rental units, and ground floor retail. District House, a gastropub is slated to open in the ground floor space.

Proposed 52-Story Tower Announced
Tampa-based developer, Larry Feldman filed with the City of Tampa to build a 52-story mixed-use project, Downtown Tampa’s tallest building, on 1.47 acres at the corner of South Ashley Drive and East Brorein Street. The proposal calls for 10,000-square-feet of first floor retail and a waterfront bar facing the Riverwalk on the first floor, 200,000-square-feet of office space, and 203 residential units. Read more at “52-story mixed-use tower proposed for downtown Tampa's Trump site.“ - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Perry Harvey Park Groundbreaking
Last week’s groundbreaking ceremony at Perry Harvey Sr. Park signified the start of construction to redesign the park which will celebrate its rich history, with an interactive exhibit of fountains, statues of community leaders, and a sound system honoring African American entertainers who visited the Apollo Ballroom and the Cotton Club. The park will also include a large lawn for concerts and events, and recreational space. Read more in “Tampa launches transformation of Perry Harvey Sr. Park” - Tampa Bay Times

The Heights Developers Buy More Land
SoHo Capital paid $3.5 million for 6.3 acres of land on the eastern portion of The Heights, a planned mixed-use community at the north edge of Downtown Tampa. The property is entitled up to 1,600 residential units, 400,000-square-feet of office space, and 200,000-square-feet of retail. Read more in “Heights developers buy more land near downtown Tampa” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

North Hyde Park Project Construction Begins
Havana Square, a 274 residential unit development by Pollack Shores Real Estate Group has begun construction. This North Hyde Park high-end development will include a resort-style pool with fountains and cabanas, a fitness center, yoga room, courtyard with an open lawn, bocce ball court, sitting areas, fire pits, and parking garage. The first units are expected to be available beginning in Summer 2016. Read more in “$45M apartments break ground in North Hyde Park” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Transportation News
Road Closures and Detours Update for UCAP Construction Work:

  • West Cypress Street, from Hillsborough River to North Boulevard closed; parking for Julian B. Lane Park at temporary parking lot on Laurel Street
  • North Boulevard closed between West Cypress and West Cass streets
  • South lane of West Fortune Street from Doyle Carlton Drive to North W.C. Macinnes Place closed. Thru traffic continues
  • East Tyler Street closed between North Pierce and North Jefferson streets
  • East Cass Street closed between North Pierce and North Jefferson streets
  • The Cass Orange Connector closed between East Tyler and East Cass streets
  • North Orange Avenue closed between East Tyler and East Cass streets
  • Northernmost lanes on East Tyler Street from North Pierce Street to North Morgan Street closed.  One lane of westbound traffic remains open

Harbour Island Bridge Closure:

  • Resurfacing project continues on Franklin Street near the Harbour Island Bridge which remains closed to vehicular traffic; use Beneficial Drive to access Harbour Island

HART Open House Community Meetings - 12 public meetings are ongoing as Hillsborough Area Regional Transit seeks input on their 10-year Transit Development Plan (TDP). This week’s meeting schedule:

  • Tuesday, July 28, 5pm to 7 pm at Ragan Park Community Center, 1200 E. Lake Avenue
  • Thursday, July 30, 5pm to 7pm at Cordelia B. Hunt Community Center, 4810 N. Himes Avenue

For more information visit Go HART.

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Member Corner

Tindale Oliver Welcomes New Team Member
Tindale Oliver recently announced the hiring of Bonnie Bernardo, PLA, as a new landscape architect in their design group. Ms. Bernardo is a registered landscape architect with more than 24 years of experience and is known for her work in the design of parks and trail systems, redevelopment projects and streetscape design, construction administration, code/development review, and ADA assessments of parks. She has worked as a planner, designer, and project coordinator for Orange County, the City of Maitland, and several engineering firms.

TGH Ranked in Top 50 Nationally
Tampa General Hospital ranked in the top 50 hospitals nationally in six medical specialties, and number 3 in Florida according to U.S. News & World Report. Read more in “Tampa General ranked no 3 hospital in Florida”  - Tampa Tribune

JLL Hires New Senior VP in Tampa Office
JLL announces the addition of James Moler as Senior Vice President in the firm’s Tampa office. In this role, Mr. Moler will work closely with JLL’s Tampa leadership to continue to grow the firm’s office agency leasing practice in the Tampa Bay area.

“Jim is joining the JLL team to help grow office agency services in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties,” said John Gilbert, Managing Director at JLL. “He will add tremendous value to our team and our clients, as we continue to grow our services in the region.” 

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Around Town

Lowry Park Hires New CEO
Congratulations to Joseph A. Couceiro, previously chief marketing officer and executive vice president for Busch Gardens, who has been hired as CEO for Lowry Park Zoo beginning August 17. Read more in Lowry Park names former Busch Gardens exec to lead the zooTampa Bay Business Journal

Mayor Buckhorn Presents Proposed Budget
Mayor Bob Buckhorn presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget to Tampa City Council last week.  The $850.2 million budget proposal includes $124.3 in capital improvements.  In FY 2016, the City of Tampa will also invest more than $20 million in the “Investing in Neighborhoods” program initiative which is double the funding in the FY 2011 budget and goes towards parks, resurfacing, complete streets, and sidewalk construction.

To view the Mayor’s Presentation, review the budget documents, or for more information about the recommended FY 2016 budget, please visit tampagov.net/budget.
Where Love Grows Cooking Series
For the second year, “Where Love Grows” is co-hosting a five-class cooking series for participants from Tampa area Boys & Girls Clubs. The program is a partnership between the Where Love Grows (founded by Downtown Partnership’s Do the Local Motion manager, Vicki Anzalone), the Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Epicurean Hotel. Children learn about healthy eating, and how to prepare their own meals for themselves. Learn more about The Where Love Grows Foundation at wherelovegrows.org.

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