July 25, 2016  

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
Feature: Tampa's Downtown Guides RFP for City Hall Parking Lot Development
Become a Downtown Partnership Member Channel Club Takes Step Forward
  More on SPP Affiliate Land Purchase 
Your Downtown Calendar Julian B. Lane Park Groundbreaking
The Beach is Coming to Downtown Update on Riverwalk Tower
An Exhibit by Norma Kamali Transportation News
Pitbull: The Bad Man Tour  
This Week at Tampa Theatre Member Corner
At the Straz Center UT Offers Leadership Program
  Port’s New Gantry Cranes Commissioned 
Doing Business in Downtown ChappellRoberts Expands Team
Retail Spotlight - City Bike Stageworks’ Christmas in July Sale
Marketplace News  
Innovation as a Tool for Fundraising Around Town
KPI CEO Social: Invitation-Only City FY2017 Budget Proposal 
  One of Best Places for Artists 

The Partnership Presents

Feature: Tampa's Downtown Guides
Every so often we at Tampa Downtown Partnership like to remind you about the remarkable service offered to you by our Downtown Guides, Downtown Tampa’s on-street ambassadors!
Their FREE service includes:

  • Providing directions and parking option information
  • Restaurant and “things to do” suggestions
  • Stranded motorist assistance with flat tires and dead batteries; if you locked your keys in your car, they will stay until your lockout service arrives
  • Stranded bicyclist assistance – flat tire or slipped chain
  • Safety escort - if you don’t want to walk alone to your car

Additionally, they play a vital role in the Downtown Security Network, working closely with the Tampa Police Department to observe and report suspicious activity.

The Downtown Guides are just a phone call away at 813.267.2220.
Hours of Service:
Monday - Friday, 7am to 8:00pm
Saturday – 11am to 8pm
Sunday – 7am to 4pm
Read more at Tampa’s Downtown Guides.

Become a Downtown Partnership Member
So much is happening in Downtown Tampa! Get involved and be part of the change. Start by joining our 30-year-old membership organization. The Partnership is downtown’s steward, fostering a vibrant and diverse multi-use downtown district. Learn about the benefits of joining at Tampa Downtown Partnership Membership.


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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.

The Beach is Coming to Downtown
Friday, August 5 to Thursday, August 25
Amalie Arena
The Vinik Family Foundation is hosting an interactive architectural installation that will bring the beach to Downtown Tampa. Created by Snarkitecture, The Beach Tampa is a 15,000-square-foot immersive environment featuring an “ocean” of 1.2 million recyclable and antimicrobial white balls. Go for a “swim” and enjoy the shoreline beach activities. And no worries! The “ocean’s” white balls are protected with GermBLOCK, a safe, powerful agent that provides antimicrobial protection for guests against 50 different germs and bacteria for the life of the balls. Visitors can park for free at the South Regional Garage and each guest will be treated to a free ice cream. Register for your free tickets today!

An Exhibit by Norma Kamali: CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture
Through September 25
Tampa Museum of Art
The first fashion exhibition of its kind in Downtown Tampa, celebrating Norma Kamali’s prolific career spanning five decades of incredible innovations. Signature pieces and iconic designs from her collections illustrate Kamali’s passionate commitment to women’s health, fitness, and beauty. A selection of her groundbreaking fashion films will be on view with the designer’s larger-than-life fashion cutouts. For more info, go to Norma Kamali.

Pitbull: The Bad Man Tour
Saturday, July 30, begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
Pitbull brings an array of popular musical hits to Downtown Tampa. Prince Royce will open the show. For more information, go to Pitbull: The Bad Man Tour.

This Week at Tampa Theatre
Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Through Thursday, July 28
Swing Time - Sunday, July 31, 3pm to 4:45pm

At the Straz Center
Time Stands Still - Through Sunday, July 31
Bring It! live - Thursday, July 28, begins 7:30pm
Summer Fantasy - Friday, July 29, begins 7pm
Jazz Intensive Concert - Friday, July 29, begins 7:30pm
Sleeves Up, Pants Down: The Naked Magic Show - Saturday, July 30 to Sunday, July 31
Patel Conservatory July Performances
Disney’s Cinderella KIDS - Thursday, July 28 to Sunday, July 31
Summer Fantasy - Friday, July 29, begins 7pm
Jazz Intensive Concert - Friday, July 29, begins 7:30pm

New 2016-2017 Season Tickets Go on Sale Friday, July 29!
The upcoming 2016-2017 season at the Straz Center includes performances by Opera Tampa, Jobsite Theater, The National Theater Live, and renowned speakers such as Carl Hiaasen; an exciting selection of kids programs and musical performances; and of course the highly anticipated Broadway season which will bring you such popular productions as The King and I, An American in Paris, Cabaret, and Wicked, to name a few!


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Retail Spotlight – City Bike
Over the past few years, City Bike owner Kevin Craft has been centered in Tampa’s exciting cycling community evolution. With his business continuing to grow, Kevin moved into a larger storefront last year at 208 E. Cass Street. City Bike is an authorized dealer for Bianchi, Jamis, Nirve, Civia, Surly, Rock Shox, and more. In addition to bike sales, the store offers full repairs (and check-ups), rentals, accessories, and bike clothing. Stop in and meet Macey the smiling City Bike dog, Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay shop dog, and worst guard dog. City Bike offers 10% off on parts, labor and accessories for military personnel, and University of Tampa students, staff, and faculty. 

Interesting Fact: Kevin’s wedding present to his wife Allison last year was a tandem bike. He always told her that they couldn't have a tandem until they married, and so it goes.

Marketplace News
Pokey’s Rock and Rolls was featured in the Tampa Bay Times last week in the article “Tampa restaurant puts accent on British specialties”  - Tampabay.com

Crumb&Cork is offering prix-fixe dinner packages for groups of 8 or more. They’ll customize an intimate party that includes a full four-course dinner. Mark your calendar for their Casino Night on July 30!

Oxford Exchange
  will host Tea for Tots on Sunday, July 31 featuring the book, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein.

Bamboozle Tea Lounge presents “I’m Gonna Let it Shine” solo art exhibit of summery visions by Lynn Rattray from Thursday, July 28 to Thursday, August 25. Lynn is an award winning artist who works in oils and acrylics, with styles spanning from realism to abstraction.

Tampa Water Bikes is offering a discount of 35% when booking this deal online through September 22.

Innovation as a Tool for Fundraising
Harness, a startup founded by Andrew Scarborough and Miraj Patel at Tampa Bay WaVE, is working on an online tool to assist nonprofits with their fundraising efforts, to “harness” smaller donations via a percentage from consumer sales transactions. Read more about Harness, Harness, iTrekkers, PikMyKid and TOD XL, all Tampa Bay WaVE launch-stage company competition winners in “4 local startups compete in latest Tampa Bay Area pitch contest” - 83 Degrees

KPI CEO Social: Invitation-Only               
Tuesday, July 26, 6pm to 8pm
Downtown Tampa
Key Person of Influence CEO Social is a high-level, peer-to-peer networking, exclusively for high-performing CEOs and C-Suite Executives. For more information, contact Jodi McLean for details: 813.258.4372 x1 or jodimclean@keypersonofinfluence.com.


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Development & Transportation

RFP for City Hall Parking Lot Development
The City of Tampa released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the sale and development of the City Hall Parking Lot at Jackson and Tampa streets. Interested parties are encouraged to submit proposals for a mixed-use development. To obtain a copy of the RFP package, visit Tampagov.net/economicdevelopment. Submittal deadline is Friday, September 9, 2016. For additional information, contact Economic Development Administrator Bob McDonaugh at 813.274.8245 or Bob.McDonaugh@tampagov.net.

Channel Club Takes Step Forward
Mercury Advisors began pre-construction work of the Channel Club last week. Site testing, which is expected to take approximately four to six weeks, will make way for a deep shaft foundation. Plans for this Channel District mixed use project include 323 residential apartments and a 37,600-square-foot space for Publix. Read more in “New apartment tower, Publix in Channel district take key step forward” - Tampa Bay Times

More on SPP Affiliate Land Purchase

As reported last week, SPP LLC affiliate Buckeye Restaurant purchased approximately .25 acre of land as part of the 40 acre mixed use district development project. Last week, Tampa Bay Business Journal reported on the importance of the purchase. It’s in a key location that will allow for "contiguous retail street frontage along Channelside Drive, which is key to achieving the active streetscape that we desire." SPP’s CEO James Nozar noted that the development’s streetscape and storefronts are top priority for this project. “Here's what the latest Vinik-Cascade deal means for downtown Tampa” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Julian B. Lane Park Groundbreaking
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week to commemorate the beginning of construction at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, designed by Civitas and W Architecture and Landscape Architecture of New York. The $35 million revitalization project the park located on the west bank of Hillsborough River will include fitness trails, picnic sites, a great lawn, tennis and basketball courts, a play area with a splash pad, and a center with boathouse, docks and a calm water harbor.
Read more in “Civitas/W Architecture Design for Tampa Riverfront Park Breaks Ground - PR Web (press release)

Update on Riverwalk Tower
In a featured article about commercial property owner and developer Larry Feldman of Feldman Equities, Mr. Feldman describes the progress of the Riverwalk Tower project. The site is on the east bank of the Hillsborough River to the north of Brorein Street. The property purchase closed in November 2015, and the company is now in in design development. The groundbreaking is anticipated to occur by April 1, 2017, and construction completion in the first half of 2019. Read more in “Commercial Real Estate Profile: Larry Feldman” - Business Observer

Transportation News
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) has discounted their Summer Blast Pass for the remainder of the summer. For only $15, youth ages 18 and younger can take unlimited rides on HART local, limited express, In-Towner, and HART Flex MetroRapid bus services through August 31. Read more in “HART offers $15 Summer Blast Pass” - Mass Transit Magazine

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will host a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, August 24, 6pm. This will be the first in a series of Virtual Town Hall Meetings. Information will be available at Selmon Extension.


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Member Corner

UT Offers Leadership Program
University of Tampa’ Sykes College of Business is offering Modern Advances in Leadership Certificate Program to UT graduate students and beginning-mid level professionals interested in refreshing or advancing leadership skills. This certificate program is designed to provide a transformative and interactive learning experience that will teach both future and current business leaders how to implement new and unique leadership practices. The program runs on Tuesday evenings from Tuesday, August 30 to Tuesday, December 6. Early bird pricing is available through August 16, and registration closes on August 26. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Whitney Vance at wvance@ut.edu or 813.257.3782.

Port’s New Gantry Cranes Commissioned
Port Tampa Bay’s two new, state-of-the-art Post-Panamax gantry cranes were commissioned during a ceremony last week at the port’s container terminal. With these new cranes, the port has invested $24 million in its goal to grow its container operations and global trade footprint, in line with the expansion of the Panama Canal and expected regional population and consumer growth. The gantry cranes are used for loading and unloading cargo containers from container ships.

ChappellRoberts Expands Team
Congratulations to ChappellRoberts, one as it welcomes five new members to its growing team. The agency hired senior copywriter, Scott Nosenko; senior art director, Lissy Anger; account executive, Anne Myers; media planner, Cherie Shive; and brought on to the new position of junior web developer, Rubens Jean-Paul. The agency also recently promoted Marie Holdaway to art director.

“Our expanded team brings new creative opportunities to our agency as well as to our clients,” said Colleen Chappell, president and CEO of ChappellRoberts. “Their fresh perspectives, strategic expertise and digital acumen are perfect complements to our integrated agency model.”

Stageworks’ Christmas in July Sale
Stageworks Theatre, Tampa’s longest running professional theatre, is holding a Christmas in July Sale through today, Monday, July 25. Take advantage of their 15% single ticket and season pass discounts using XMASJULY code at checkout. To make your purchase, visit Stageworks Theatre Ticket Sales.


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Around Town

City FY2017 Budget Proposal
Mayor Bob Buckhorn presented his recommended Fiscal Year 2017 budget to Tampa City Council last week, a balanced budget without any personnel layoffs or increased tax rates. Capital improvements that affect Downtown Tampa include Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park redevelopment, Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park Shade Structure, City Hall Exterior Renovations, Brorein St. and Cass St. Bridge Improvements, and Tampa Convention Center Upgrades and Improvements. The City of Tampa will host two budget related public hearings on Wednesday September 7, 5:01pm and Wednesday September 21, 5:01pm. Learn more at tampagov.net/budget.

One of Best Places for Artists
According to Thrillist, Tampa is one of the best places for artists to live. The list weighs such lifestyle considerations as the presence of artistic communities, appealing natural environment, food, craft beer/cocktail, or music scene, and affordability. (Read more in “The Best American Cities for Creatives (That Aren't NYC, LA, or SF)” - Thrillist

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