September 19, 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
Downtown Debriefing: Creative Placemaking Publix Breaking Ground Early October
Celebrating 10 Years with Dee Nemorin Developers Bid for Prime Downtown Block
  Lane Closures on Channelside Drive 
Your Downtown Calendar New Streetcar Extended Service
Sip & Shop Soiree  
IOA Corporate 5K  
Fashion Photos & Prosecco Member Corner
Fourth Friday  Tampa Theatre Celebrates 90th Birthday
Taking the Stage at the Straz Center  
This Week at Tampa Theatre  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Retail Spotlight: Pet Purveyor Downtown Businesses Support SPCA Florida 
Marketplace News Tampa Named Most Affordable Startup Hub
Call for Entries: Well Designed Parklets  
Walton St. Capital Purchases Westin Hotel  
Update on Channelside Bay Plaza  

The Partnership Presents

Downtown Debriefing: Creative Placemaking
Join us on Tuesday, September 27 at Maestro’s at the Straz for a panel discussion with Kim Headland, AIA; Robin Nigh, City of Tampa; and Shaun Drinkard, Tampa Downtown Partnership, about placemaking, public art, and the conscious design of downtown's public spaces. Networking and registration starts at 7:30am with the program and continental breakfast beginning at 8am. Click here to register individually or to request a corporate table.

Celebrating 10 Years with Dee Nemorin
Originally hailing from Miami by way of Haiti, Dee Nemorin came to Tampa in 2006 and hasn’t looked back. Dee applied and was hired for the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Clean Team but when management recognized his wonderful customer service skills he was offered a position with the Downtown Guides. We pulled Dee in for a quick Q&A to reminisce on his ten year tenure.

Q: What is your favorite memory as a Guide?
A: It was actually about two weeks ago on Old Water. I had noticed an elderly lady pushing an elderly man in wheelchair across the street when they fell off the curb. The woman fell on top of the man and I rushed over to help them both get situated. I gave them water and they were both very appreciative.

Q: What is the best change you’ve seen Downtown in 10 years?
A: I would say, so far, the best change was the addition of the residences at Element and Skypoint. Also the Children’s Museum has been a really positive component. All continue to bring in more people and adds excitement to downtown.

Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Almost everything! I love my job. I like being able to communicate with people and interact with them. I also really like my coworkers – they are hardworkers.

Q: What would you like to see in the next ten years?
A: I want to see even more people downtown and more exciting things to bring in more visitors. Things like more music shows and big events like Gasparilla.

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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.

Sip & Shop Soiree
Wednesday, September 21, begins 8pm
The Hideaway
Tampa Bay Fashion Week is heading downtown! Network with fashion industry professionals, enjoy drink specials, raffle prizes, and shop fantastic local designer and accessory brands. For more information, go to Sip & Shop Soiree.

IOA Corporate 5K
Thursday, September 22, begins 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Join your co-workers and colleagues for team-building 5K run (or walk) through the streets of downtown. Afterwards, gather for the city’s largest office party; an event that makes even ‘casual Friday’ jealous it missed out!  For more information, go to IOA Corporate 5K.

Fashion Photos & Prosecco
Thursday, September 22, 11am to 1pm
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Tampa Bay Fashion Week continues in The Cube! Experience fashion photography with a side of prosecco and cupcakes. This event will feature fashion photography sprinkled among the goodies and guests may also enjoy the current gallery exhibitions. For more info, go to Fashion Photos & Prosecco.

Fourth Friday
Friday, September 23, 4pm to 9pm
Downtown Tampa
A celebration of Downtown Tampa's rich arts & culture scene. Nine Museums and performing arts venues offer extended hours, free or value-added admission, and/or special programming. While visiting the venues during the event hours, pick up a Fourth Friday wristband for access to food and drink specials (20+ downtown establishments) and two complimentary Pirate Water Taxi trips between venues. For more info, go to Fourth Friday

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center
Steve Martin's The Underpants - Through Sunday, October 2
The Illusionists - Live from Broadway - Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25
Unelectable You: The Second City’s Completely Unbiased Political Revue - Sunday, September 25, begins 8pm

This Week at Tampa Theatre
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - Monday, September 19 to Wednesday, September 21
The Purple Xperience - Thursday, September 22, begins 8pm


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Retail Spotlight: Pet Purveyor
Four months ago, Jenni and Ryan Parido opened a physical location for their on-line natural pet food company, Feed Pet Purveyor, located at 502 W. Grand Central Ave., across from Mise en Place and Oxford Exchange. These owners are enthusiastic pet lovers who focus on creating convenient ways to shop for quality holistic foods, nutritional supplements, grooming needs, and healthy treats for your dogs, cats, and birds. They also stock a small but very unique collection of toys, collars, leashes, and beds. Order on-line or over the phone, and delivery is free throughout Downtown, South Tampa, and parts of Seminole Heights. Pet Purveyor also offers curbside pick-up. 

Ryan is a Tampa native and Jenni is a University of Tampa alumnae.  They believe the best way to repay the joy our pets provide to us is to give them the healthiest nutrition.  As you might expect, their shop is very pet-friendly, so bring your best friend to browse and shop with you!   

Marketplace News
Mise en Place celebrates 30 years of bringing superb cuisine and ambience to Downtown Tampa. Join them for their special offerings during the month of September. This week’s specials include:
9/20- Half off seasonal cocktails in the Mise Lounge
9/21- Complimentary gelato at Sono Cafe
9/22- Mise does 1986 pricing!
9/23- Photo Downtown Fourth Friday with ‘Frose’ on the Sono terrace 5:30-7PM
9/24- Enter to win Date Night! (Tickets to Lightning vs Hurricanes with apps and wine)
9/25- Explore the Riverwalk and downtown with a ToGo beverage on us at Sono Cafe!

Indigo Coffee House + Social Bar  opened at the corner of Franklin and Twiggs on Friday, September 16, this time sharing space with Re/Max Bay to Bay (opening its fourth location). Watch more about it on their announcement video.

Call for Entries: Well Designed Parklets
Tampa Bay Design Week in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and Design and the American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay Chapter is sponsoring an open call for “Well Designed Parklets.” Installations will be displayed in a one-day Pop-Up Festival on November 5 in the Channel District. Click here to learn more about Parklets and design criteria.

Walton St. Capital Purchases Westin Hotel
A Chicago investment firm has closed on the Westin Harbour Island for $42 million. Walton Street Capital purchased the 299-room hotel from Blackstone Group, HFF announced Monday, September 12. At 725 S. Harbour Island Blvd., the Westin is in prime position to capitalize on Strategic Property Partners' $2 billion mixed-use district between the urban core and the Channel district.
“Sale price of Tampa's Westin Harbour Island hotel: $42 million”Tampa Bay Times

Update on Channelside Bay Plaza
On Tuesday, September 20, the CEO of Strategic Property Partners will provide an update on redevelopment plans for Channelside Bay Plaza. A presentation by James Nozar, CEO of SPP, is scheduled during Port Tampa Bay's monthly board meeting.
“Update on Channelside Bay Plaza Plans Coming Next Week”Tampa Bay Business Journal


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Development & Transportation

Publix Breaking Ground Early October
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 the store on Oct. 7, said Brian West, spokesman for Publix. The location will fill a void for a much needed urban grocery store in the Channel District when it opens next year.
“Here's An Update On The Eagerly Awaited Publix Stores Planned For Downtown Tampa And St. Petersburg”Tampa Bay Times

Developers Bid for Prime Downtown Block
Three companies have made offers to develop a prime downtown city block that City Hall has owned for nearly 20 years. “These proposals reflect the increasing interest in Tampa’s urban core and the demand for a true live, work and play environment,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said. “We look forward to reviewing each one and choosing the proposal that most closely fits the city’s vision for this property.”
Submitting proposals for what is now a city-owned parking lot at N Florida Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard, are:

  • Mill Creek Residential of Orlando, which has developed more than 20,000 apartments in 90 projects nationwide, with 5,000 more under development this year.
  • HRI Properties, a New Orleans-based company that’s done 70 big projects encompassing $2 billion in apartments, hotels, office and retail.
  • A team with three big Tampa players: Development Services Group, the Framework Group of Tampa and Forge Capital Partners of Tampa.

“Three Developers Bid for Prime Downtown Tampa City Block”

Lane Closures on Channelside Drive
On Monday, September 19, one lane on the north side of Channelside Drive between Florida Avenue and Jefferson Street will be closed for roadway and infrastructure improvements to support area redevelopment. The northern lane of Channelside Drive will reopen in the summer of 2017.

Lane closures in the area along Morgan Street between Brorein Street and Old Water Street continue through November 2016.
The public can stay connected with the ongoing construction project by visiting Questions or comments should be directed to the project team by email at or by phone at 813.607.GRID (4743).

Additional Closures: A portion of Harbour Island Boulevard from Knights Run Avenue to Old Water Street will be closed starting on Monday, September 26, 2016 as part of the Force Main Replacement Capital Improvement project.  The northbound lane on Harbour Island Boulevard from Knights Run Avenue to Old Water Street will be closed daily, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 3pm.  The construction project will be completed by January 2017, weather permitting.
New Streetcar Extended Service
On Monday, September 26, TECO Line Streetcars are extending their weekday morning service hours to begin at 7am. The extended hours will run through March 24, 2017. For more information, visit


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Member Corner

Tampa Theatre Celebrates 90th Birthday
Tampa’s majestic movie palace will celebrate its 90th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 15 with four screenings of films chosen for the ways in which each pays tribute to the art of cinema. And as a nod to the Theatre’s opening night in 1926, tickets for the Oct. 15 shows are just a quarter – a dollar for the whole day – and will be available cash only, day-of, at the historic Franklin Street Box Office.

The Birthday lineup is:

Hugo (2011) - 11:45am
The Artist (2011) - 3:15pm
The Cameraman (1928) - 7:00pm
Cinema Paradiso (1988) - 10:10pm


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Around Town

Downtown Businesses Support SPCA Florida
SPCA Florida is holding their 24th Annual Auction for Animals on Saturday, November 12th, at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland. Tampa businesses are asked to donate items for the Silent Auction as many of the constituents have businesses or do business in Downtown.

The Silent Auction will feature more than 500 items and will include the likes of these downtown businesses:

•    Yacht Starship
•    Pirate Water Taxi
•    Tampa Bay Rays
•    Florida Aquarium            

All of the proceeds from the auction support SPCA Florida’s Adoption Center which finds homes for more than 4,000 animals on an annual basis.  A recent Economic Impact Study conducted by a think tank of Florida Southern College’s brightest MBA minds has discovered SPCA Florida’s economic impact on an annual basis is $6,000,000 while creating more than 115 jobs. 

To learn more about the event or to participate in the Silent Auction, email Adam Stanfield at or call 404.643.0458.

Tampa Named Most Affordable Startup Hub
Startup companies get a bang for their bucks in the Tampa Bay area, according to a recent study.
LawnStarter, an Austin, Texas online startup that connects people to lawn care services, has ranked the top 10 most affordable metro areas for startups and found the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area to be No. 4.
“Tampa Metro Area Named A 'Most Affordable Startup Hub'”Tampa Bay Business Journal

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