July 6, 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
Stranded Motorist Testimony Updated Plans for Altis Grand Centra
  Potential Distillery in Channel District
Your Downtown Calendar Walkable Cities Talk by Speck, SPP Rep/Planner
Stageworks Jazz Nights & Summer Shows More Development West of Downtown
Second Screen Cult Cinema New Boat Docks at Water Works Park
Live at The Straz!  
Museum Summer Lecture Series   Member Corner
Coming to Amalie Arena Lightning’s St. Louis Retires
  Tucker/Hall Promotes Darren Richards
Doing Business in Downtown GTE Celebrates 80 Years
Marketplace News Foley & Lardner Named in Top 25
SkyPoint Retail Condos Purchased  
  Around Town
  Urbanism on Tap 5.2
  Cigar City Ranked #5 in World
  TIA Public Art Program

The Partnership Presents

Stranded Motorist Testimony
Tampa’s Downtown Guides are on the street serving the public seven days a week, providing "on-street concierge service" and stranded motorist assistance. The Downtown Partnership office received another thank you from yet another grateful "downtowner" last week: “I just want to personally say thank you to Teresa and Chris who assisted me recently with a battery jump at the Ft Brooke garage. They were kind, professional, and knowledgeable and made a bad situation turn out okay. Please keep up the wonderful program you have and especially keep Teresa and Chris as they are invaluable!!!” – Nina O.

For Downtown Guide assistance, please call 267-2220. Their hours are:
Monday to Friday - 7pm to 8pm
Saturday – 11am to 8pm
Sunday – 7am to 4pm

Tampa's Downtown Guides


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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.

Stageworks Jazz Nights & Summer Shows
Stageworks Theatre offers weekly Monday Jazz & Funk Nights beginning July 6, 6pm to 8:30pm. This week: Velvet Williams, Tron, and The Al Chisholm Band!  $15 includes dinner buffet and entertainment!

The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adly – Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 26
Sylvia - August 6 through August 30

Second Screen Cult Cinema
Wednesday, July 8, Begins 6pm
The Vault
EAT. DRINK. WATCH. Enjoy the showing of 36th Chamber of Shaolin at this monthly cinema watch party event. Cocktails and food from Bamboozle. For more information, visit Second Screen Cult Cinema

Live at The Straz!
Some of the many exciting programs coming up at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts:

Occupation – Thursday, July 8 to Sunday, July 12 at Jobsite Theater. This scalding satire is one of Off-Broadway’s most celebrated productions of 2013. Cash bar and menu available. Tickets are going fast – call 813.229.7827 between 12noon and 8pm.

Shrek The Musical - Thursday, July 16 to Sunday, July 26 at TECO Theater. Everyone’s favorite ogre and his storybook pals come to the Patel Conservatory stage in this professional-quality full-length TONY Award-winning production.

Shrek The Musical

Jazz Intensive Concert – Friday, July 31, Begins 7pm at TECO Theater. Live Patel Conservatory performance!

Chris Harwick – Saturday, August 8, Begins 8pm at Ferguson Hall. One of Comedy Central’s favorite stand-up comedians!

Museum Summer Lecture Series

Tampa Museum of Art will host a lecture series relating to the current exhibits on display:

Thursday, July 9 - Reception 6:30pm to 7pm; Lecture and Q&A, The American Spirit: Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
“American Art in La-La Land: Collecting American Art in Southern California”
Lecture by Kevin Murphy, Eugénie Pendergast, Curator of American Art at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts discussing the westward movement of art as it investigates the founding collections of American art in southern California.

Friday, August 28 – Reception, 6:30-7:00; Lecture, 7pm to 8pm
In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation

“In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking”
Lecture by Karin Campbell, Phil Wilson Curator of Contemporary Art at the Joslyn Art Museum, focusing on the exhibit, In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking, which looks at how Warhol, the “Pope of Pop”, and his contemporaries used color to challenge, subvert, express emotion, and even experiment.

Tuesday, September 1 - Reception, 6:30pm to 7pm; Lecture, 7pm to 8pm
The American Spirit: Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

“Actual Scenes - Genuine Characters: The American Cowboy”
A lecture by Stephanie Knappe, Samuel Sosland Curator of American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a collection of images of the American Cowboy; a quintessential embodiment of the spirit of the American frontier and the excitement of the Wild West. Knappe will talk about the rise of the iconic figure that is the American Cowboy.

Coming to Amalie Arena
With the upcoming hockey season a few months away, the Amalie Arena roster focuses on major concerts, Tampa Bay Storm, and Cirque Du Soleil!

Imagine Dragons Smoke & Mirrors Tour - Friday, July 10, Begins 7pm
Multi-platinum selling band, Imagine Dragons headlines, with opening band, Metric (alternative rock).

Tampa Bay Storm vs. Orlando Predators - July 11, Begins 7:30pm

Sam Smith – Tuesday, July 21, Begins 8pm
Multiple Grammy Award Winner and BET Awards Best New Artist, Sam Smith and his special guest, Gavin James. Reserved seats from $25.75!

Cirque Du Soleil- Varekai - Wednesday, August 5 to Sunday, August 9
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world - a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai. 


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
The District Tavern is coming to downtown Channel District at the newly completed SkyHouse residential tower, adjacent to the Washington Street Dog Park (expect some 'Yappy-Hours').  Aside from the local brews and crafted cocktails, you’ll find a gastro pub style, locally sourced menu, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Anticipated opening is Fall 2015. 

Anise Global Gastrobar is kicking off a new Seasonal Dinner Series.  Each month, through the end of 2015, Anise will serve a dinner of orchestrated cocktail and dinner pairings. The first event is Tuesday, July 7, Begins 7pm.  Purchase tickets in advance for this three course dinner, three courses of drinks, champagne, gratuity and a “care package” of goodies to take home.  

SkyPoint Retail Condos Purchased
Investment partnership, Rushmore Ventures at Skypoint LLC, recently purchased the SkyPoint Tower’s four ground floor retail spaces for $2.7 million. The deal includes 20 parking spaces and breaks down to $272 per square foot.

The four spaces are currently fully leased to Anise Global Gastrobar, Falafel Inn, Tampa Pizza Company, and Taps Restaurant Bar and Lounge and Falafel Inn. DOXA Design Lab and Gallery is also subletting a portion of the space leased by Anise Global Gastrobar.

Read more in “Retail condos in downtown Tampa's Skypoint fetch record price” - Tampa Bay Business Journal



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Development & Transportation

Updated Plans for Altis Grand Central
Recently released revised plans of the Altis Grand Central, by developer, Altman Development Corp., show revisions in height and the addition of retail. The building is now planned for nine-stories with 274 residential units and 2,614 square feet of specialty retail. Read more in “Building gets taller retail added as developer revamps multifamily proposed near Oxford Exchange” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Potential Distillery in Channel District
The Patel Group LP recently paid $1.2 million for two adjacent warehouses at 635 and 629 North 12th Street in Downtown Tampa’s Channel District. Potential uses for the two buildings, totaling 16,700 square feet, being considered are a distillery, brewery, or restaurant. Read more in “Exclusive- Developer talking to distilleries, brewers after buying Channel district warehouses
- Tampa Bay Business Journal

Walkable Cities Talk by Speck, SPP Rep/Planner
City planner and Strategic Property Partners (SPP) representative, Jeff Speck spoke at a sold out forum last week at Oxford Exchange. The theme of his talk was a city’s walkability. Speck talked about how Downtown Tampa has a good grid structure with small blocks, making for a more walkable environment. He also spoke about the Waterfront 20/20 project on the south end of downtown and how the SPP team is finding a great deal of investor interest in developing the 40 acre amassed site which includes Channelside Bay Plaza.

Read more at:
Vinik's urban planning guru: 'We're under pressure to figure this out quickly'” - Tampa Bay Business Journal
Tampa planner aims for cooler, walkable streets” - WFLA
Speck Vinik’s partner in downtown planning talks the walk” - TBO.com

Jeff Speck

More Development West of Downtown
Cardinal Point Management has proposed a mixed-use development at 301 N. Rome Avenue, consisting of 23 townhouses and 6,700 square feet of retail in North Hyde Park. Read more in New mixed-use development in the works in North Hyde Park - Tampa Bay Business Journal

New Boat Docks at Water Works Park
The City of Tampa opened three new boat slips along with a kayak/paddle board launch at Water Works Park. Currently, the City of Tampa also operates several boat slips along the Tampa Riverwalk at the Tampa Bay History Center, Cotanchobee Park, Tampa Convention Center, and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The City of Tampa is working on plans to add more boat slips at Water Works Park. Read more at “Boat Docks, Kayak Launch Open at Water Works Park” - RealEstateRama

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Member Corner

Lightning’s Martin St. Louis Retires
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing, Martin St. Louis, announced his retirement last week. St. Louis, a favorite among fans, totaled 391 goals and 642 assists for 1,033 points in 1134 regular season games, while earning many NHL honors over the course of 16 National Hockey League seasons.

In other Tampa Bay Lightning news, the team announced their 82-game regular season schedule for the 2015-16 season, opening on October 8 as the Bolts raise their Eastern Conference Championship banner when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers at Amalie Arena.

To become a Lightning Season Ticket Member, visit bethethunder.com.

Tucker/Hall Promotes Darren Richards
Tampa public relations and public affairs firm Tucker/Hall, Inc. has promoted Darren Richards to Chief Operating Officer for the firm. Richards has been with the firm since 2009. Richards currently heads Tucker/Hall’s crisis practice group, working on many high profile crisis communications matters. He will continue to work daily with clients, and will take on more duties managing operations and planning the firm’s strategic direction. Prior to Tucker/Hall, Richards was news director at WTSP in Tampa, the local CBS affiliate, and also worked as a news executive in Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Denver, and in North Carolina.

Tucker/Hall has operated for 25 years and provides services including strategic communications, complex crisis situations, and public affairs and issues management for clients in Florida, the U.S. and globally. Read more in “Tucker/Hall promotes Darren Richards to COO” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Darren Richards

GTE Celebrates 80 Years
GTE Financial, one of Florida’s largest credit unions, is celebrating 80 years of serving the financial needs of local residents, businesses, and the community. GTE is offering special 80th anniversary incentives throughout the year, and the celebration will culminate in October with “GTE Home Free,” GTE’s biggest contest giveaway ever, with the credit union paying 80 months of one member’s mortgage or rent, up to $160,000!

In 1935, one year after the Federal Credit Union Act was enacted, GTE was established in downtown Tampa as Peninsula Telephone Employees and Credit Union. As of June 2014, GTE was listed as the Tampa Bay area’s fourth largest credit union by asset size, with a membership of more than 234,000. Read more at “GTE Financial celebrates 80 years of serving individuals and businesses.

Foley & Lardner Named in Top 25
For the fifth year in a row, Foley & Lardner LLP has been named one of the top 25 law firms that legal decision makers most recommend to their peers, according to a survey conducted by BTI Consulting Group. BTI’s Most Recommended Law Firms list recognized 25 firms out of 650 law firms that serve large and Fortune 1000 clients.

 “We’re quite pleased with this recognition and are honored to have been named a recommended firm for five consecutive years,” says Randy Wolfe, managing partner of Foley’s Tampa office. “We strive to deliver the highest level of client service and value our relationships and partnerships with corporate counsel.”

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Around Town

Saturday, July 11, 9am to 6pm; Sunday, July 12, 10am to 6pm
Florida Fairgrounds
SharkCon is an event that brings those who love the ocean together for a weekend of education and the fun of a Comic Con. Learn more at SharkCon.

Urbanism on Tap 5.2
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Independent Bar and Café, 5016 North Florida Avenue
Join Urbanism on Tap’s latest conversation on “Community through Art, Art through Community.” For more information or to register, visit Urbanism on Tap 5.2.

Cigar City Ranked #5 in World
Congratulations to Cigar City Brewing who ranked No. 5 in the 7th annual international U.S. Open Beer Championship held in Ohio last week. Read more in “Cigar City Brewing ranked No. 5 in the world, other local brewers also bring home medals from international competition” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

TIA Public Art Program
Tampa International Airport is expanding its public art program, and inviting artists in a call for entry. Read more at Tampa Airport Public Art.

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