Monday, November 20, 2017
Urban Excellence Awards, Nov. 29
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 29 for our Urban Excellence Awards! Use this link to register. Held this year at The Vault from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, the Urban Excellence Awards event gives the downtown community a fun and social occasion to recognize the pioneers, trailblazers and Downtown champions that have contributed to the success, transformation and revitalization of Tampa’s Downtown. This event celebrates the extraordinary people, businesses, programs and projects that make downtown a great place to live, work and play.
Vote for Urban Excellence People’s Choice
Voting is now open for the People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced at the event. Click here to vote (voting closes November 22).
Welcome New Member, CAMLS
Tampa Downtown Partnership welcomes CAMLS to our membership! The CAMLS facility, opened in 2012, is a 90,000-square-foot, three-story facility that provides a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity clinical environment with 60,000 square feet dedicated to surgical skills labs, operating trauma suites, and patient exam rooms, plus more than 25,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. CAMLS is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Tampa, Florida and is open seven days a week to accommodate the numerous demands that challenge today’s domestic and international healthcare providers and researchers. They join a large and active community of member companies committed to promoting smart growth in downtown and advancing downtown Tampa’s position as the vital urban center for the region. Learn more about becoming a member.
The Tampa Downtown Partnership offices will close at noon on Wednesday, November 22 and remain closed through Friday in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. Our Downtown Guides will work Nov. 22 from 7am until 5pm, and resume normal hours on Nov. 24 of 7am until 8pm. Our Clean Team will work from 6am until 3pm on Nov. 22 and will resume normal hours on Nov. 24 of 6am until 3pm. Both our Clean Team and Guides will be off Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.
Hop on the Winter Village Express
New this year, the Winter Village Express offers a holiday experience aboard a holiday-themed Streetcar. Hop on at Centro Ybor and enjoy treats, music and fun as you travel to Whiting Station. A quick walk along the Riverwalk brings you to Winter Village. Tickets can be purchased at both stations, Whiting and Centro, by credit card or exact change. Round trips are $5 per person. All trips are first come, first serve due to limited availability, so come early! The Winter Village Express runs from 3pm to 8pm on Sunday, November 26, December 3, 10, and 17. Learn more at WinterVillageTampa.com.
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. Going to one of the events? Snap a photo and tag #UrbanInsiderTPA
Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
Through Friday, January 5
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village presented by USAmeriBank and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park will be transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Skate around at the outdoor ice rink or get some gift shopping done at the Holiday Market. For more info, go to Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park.
Monday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 22
Glazer Children’s Museum
Bring the kids out for a fun lead up to Thanksgiving. Dress up for a Turkey Trot, make your own float for a mini Macy’s Day Parade down GCM’s main street, and express your creativity with some Thanksgiving-themed crafts. This event is a wonderful opportunity to get festive and get ready for a fun Turkey Day! For more information, go to Campsgiving.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Bizou
Thursday, November 23, begins 4pm
Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, and fun, but preparing and serving all that food can take you away from your family and take all the fun out of the holiday. Enjoy more time at the table this Thanksgiving with a dinner that the whole family will be thankful for. You take care of making memories with your family, and Bizou Brasserie will take care of the rest, providing you and yours with a Thanksgiving meal that tastes like home. For more information, go to Thanksgiving Dinner at Bizou.
Friday, November 24, 4pm to 10pm
Downtown Tampa and Ybor City
When the sun goes down, the streets of Tampa will light up with music, laughter, art, friends and FREE fun. This evening of special offerings and programs by cultural venues, restaurants, and more takes place on the fourth Friday of every month! For more information, go to Fourth Friday.
Taking the Stage at the Straz Center
This Week at Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Wednesday, November 22, begins 7:30pm
Balsam Hill presents Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith with Full Symphony – Sunday, November 26, begins 7:30pm
Doing Business in Downtown
|Retail Spotlight: A Gift for Africa
Returning for a second year to the Winter Village Shops, A Gift to Africa is a social enterprise that empowers African women business owners. Founded in 2005 by a Zimbabwean native, the company has worked with over 300 women in 8 different African countries which include Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Madagascar, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi. The company has successfully trained, consulted and grown numerous companies and placed products in high-end physical and online stores, catalogs and other establishments. You don’t want to miss all the wonderful items they have for sale – and for a good cause! View their shop schedule.
Harbourside Animal Hospital is offering a $75 rebate and $25 credit for future use when you buy a year’s supply of Heartguard and Nexguard.
Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center is offering 10% off the entire store for Small Business Saturday on November 25. Discount excludes tickets (CityPASS, TECO Line Streetcar).
Gen-X Tavern will be Dave Burton’s sixth concept, one that he feels can tap into both the downtown bar scene and lunchtime crowd, filling a void in the downtown restaurant market. The space is in the Bank of America Plaza parking garage in a 2,979-square-foot storefront on East Jackson Street, next door to European Wax Center.
Small Business Saturday is November 25! #ShopLocal
Related is Charging Into Tampa
Related Group has so dominated South Florida — having developed some 90,000 condominiums and apartments here — that it seems synonymous with Miami. But the company is spreading its reach to Orlando, Dallas, Atlanta and Cancun, but especially Tampa, where it has four projects underway. Related has focused strictly on multifamily rentals so far. The company developed the 356-unit Pierhouse Channelside in Tampa in 2013 (then sold it to Florida’s public pension fund for $76M), and completed the 400-unit Parker Street Apartments this year. The company’s current projects include Manor Riverwalk, a 400-unit luxury apartment complex along the Hillsborough River, where the Tampa Tribune headquarters once stood (set for completion in early 2019), Town Westshore, 396 apartments in the Westshore Marina District (which broke ground in August) and Icon Harbour Island, 340 rental units that are ready for move-ins.
“Related is Charging Into Tampa” – BisNow
Franklin Manor Partners Plan New Restaurant Downtown
The group behind Franklin Manor’s high-low mix of Cuban nachos and craft cocktails is planning a new restaurant in downtown Tampa — directly across the street from the Manor. The Nocturnal Group — Lanfranco Pescante, David Anderson and Jason Bell— are planning to launch Osteria, a “rustic, refined Italian kitchen and bar,” in the street-level retail space of Nine15, a 23-story apartment tower that recently opened. Osteria will be 3,000 square feet inside and have a 1,500-square-foot patio.
“Franklin Manor Partners Plan New Restaurant for Downtown Tampa” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Development and Transportation
Kress Block Sells for $9 Million
The historic city block containing the old S.H. Kress & Co. department store and a former F.W. Woolworth’s, where 1960s sit-ins led to the peaceful desegregation of the city’s lunch counters, was sold this week for $9 million. The buyer is the Wilson Co., a real estate firm headed by president Carolyn Wilson, who is no stranger to ambitious projects to reclaim old buildings in downtown Tampa. Her company bought and restored the Franklin Exchange building, just two blocks to the south on Franklin Street, after it had been slated for demolition in 1999. That property is now home to the headquarters of the Wilson Co., the Vault, a three-story event space inside the old National Exchange Bank, and CW’s Gin Joint.
“Tampa’s Historic Kress Block Sells To The Wilson Company For $9 Million” – Tampa Bay Times
HART Selects Stantec for Mobility Services
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) recently selected the Stantec/Coast Autonomous team to provide Autonomous Mobility Services for the Marion Street Transitway. HART is a regional transportation authority charged with planning, financing, constructing and operating public transit facilities and service within Hillsborough County. The Marion Street Transitway project will be funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). This project includes the first deployment of shared automated vehicles (SAV) by a US transit agency that will function in an open environment with live and mixed traffic. SAV deployments to-date in the United States have been on private land, and therefore have not interacted with mixed traffic outside of the private property.
“Stantec Signs Contract With Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) For The Downtown Tampa Autonomous Transit Project – The Nation’s FIRST Shared Autonomous Project!” – Tampa Bay Newswire
Altis Grand Central Apartments Under Construction
The Altman Companies began construction this week on Altis Grand Central, 314 studio and one, two-and three- bedroom apartments near the University of Tampa. Amenities will include a dog park with doggie spa, “chic bowling lounge” and rooftop pool and lounge with views of Tampa Bay. The eight-story towers at 548 W. Grand Central Avenue will rise across the street from the popular Oxford Exchange, home to a restaurant, bookstore, coffeehouse and gift shop.
“Construction Starts On New Tampa Apartments With Rooftop Bay Views” – TBO.com
Improvements Coming to Kennedy Blvd. and Jackson St.
The Florida Department of Transportation will begin repaving approximately 1.2 miles of SR 60 (Kennedy Boulevard/Jackson Street) and US Business 41 (Nebraska Avenue) in Downtown Tampa this week. As part of the improvements, starting Monday, November 20, some parking spaces along the north side of Jackson Street from Ashley Drive to Nebraska Avenue will be permanently blocked and eliminated. Construction activities are occurring during daytime and nighttime hours. Access to driveways and side streets are being maintained. Nightly lane closures are anticipated from 8pm to 6am. For more information or to sign up to receive project alerts, click here. The $5.7 million project is expected to finish in the summer of 2018.
Connected Vehicle Pilot Moving Forward
The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority demonstrated the Connected Vehicle pilot project at its headquarters in downtown Tampa next to the expressway. Tampa Police crews blocked off a span of the expressway, as officials from THEA staged a vehicle blocking a lane and took members of the media and other interested parties on a ride to see how the technology works. THEA contracted with HNTB to oversee the $21 million project. Siemens and Brand Motion are also working on the Connected Vehicle pilot. In addition to wrong-way alerts, the rearview mirror alerts drivers if there’s a slowdown in traffic, a vehicle in their lane or a pedestrian in an intersection. The project launches to a group of 1,600 motorists next spring.
“Expressway Authority Shows Off Cars That Talk To Each Other To Promote Safer Driving (Video)” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Hosts Traffic Skills Course
Bike/Walk Tampa Bay will host Traffic Skills 101 courses in both Tampa and St. Petersburg in early December. The course is taught by League Cycling Instructor and is also a prerequisite for becoming an LCI. The upcoming TS101 classes take place on Dec. 2, in St. Petersburg (location TBA), and Dec. 9 in Tampa at CUTR, located on USF’s Tampa campus. At the end of the class, bicyclists are required to complete a seven-mile road ride to demonstrate their skills. This hands-on part of the experience gives bicyclists the confidence necessary to ride in traffic. They learn how to position themselves in the roadway and remain visible to drivers. Karen Kress, Director of Transportation and Planning for Tampa Downtown Partnership, is a Board member for Bike/Walk Tampa Bay. Click here to register for TS101 today. TS101 is for adults 18 years of age and older. Participants must have a bicycle in good working condition. Helmets are required to participate.
Tampa Bay History Center Unveils Expansion
In just a few months, a 60-foot replica of a pirate ship and maps of Old Florida will be unveiled at the Tampa Bay History Center as its multimillion-dollar capital campaign and expansion nears completion. With 8,500 square feet of new exhibition space, the center is opening with the “Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks” gallery, and the Touchton Map Library/Florida Center for Cartographic Education, the latter in partnership with the University of South Florida. It will be the only map library and research center of its kind in the Southeast.
“As Downtown Tampa Evolves, Tampa Bay History Center Unveils Pirate-Themed Expansion (Photos)” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Hillsborough Wins Florida County of the Year
The Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation announced Hillsborough County as the winner of the inaugural Florida County of the Year Award in Category three, which includes counties with populations greater than one million people. The award was presented to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners by Tabitha Lambert, director of the Hillsborough County Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program and was created to recognize the commitment to help children in foster care.
“Hillsborough County Awarded Guardian ad Litem Program County of the Year” – Tampa Bay Newswire
FDOT Could Offer $6M in Grants
Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) filed legislation Monday to create an incentive program to increase autonomous, connected and electric vehicle access and readiness throughout the state. The Florida Smart City Challenge Grant Program would provide three awards up to $6 million each to cities developing innovative mobility solutions to local transportation challenges. Any governmental agency overseeing the movement of goods and services in the state can apply for the grants administered by the Florida Department of Transportation under the bill. Transportation and metropolitan planning organizations and state universities can also apply.
“FDOT Could Offer $6M In Grants For Driverless Tech Research” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Port Tampa Bay CEO Aces Performance Review
Port Tampa Bay president and CEO Paul Anderson is getting his fifth straight rating of “outstanding” in his annual performance review, though a couple of his bosses want to see better leadership in light of embarrassing news reports about questionable spending. Under port policies, that rating automatically put Anderson on track for a 4.5 percent raise — a 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment, plus a 3 percent raise for port employees rated outstanding on their evaluations. With the raise, Anderson’s salary is $417,917 a year. Anderson, hired in December 2012, received an overall score of 4.7 on a scale of 1 through 5. Six of seven board members gave him composite scores of 4.5 to 4.9 after evaluating him in 11 areas, including business and finance, leadership, economic development, environmental management and safety and security.
“Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson Gets 4.5 Percent Raise Following Record Year With Some Rough Patches” – Tampa Bay Times
Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Receives Impact Award
Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP Shareholder Peter W. Zinober receives the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA) 2017 Impact Award. The awards were presented Oct. 17 at the Renaissance Tampa International Hotel. Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) is a nonprofit organization that unites area businesses to champion arts and culture for a prosperous community through innovative partnerships and sustainable programs. The annual Impact Awards recognize Tampa Bay’s businesses and individuals for their contributions to culture and the arts. TBBCA is honoring Zinober for his exemplary leadership in support of Tampa Bay arts and cultural organizations for more than four decades, according to a release sent by Greenberg Traurig.
Public Art in Tampa
Have you ever passed by a wall mural and wondered when it was painted, who painted it and why? Then be sure to check out the City of Tampa’s Public Art Story Map. It highlights 80 locations throughout the city from the public art collection.
Eight Sites Tampa Presented to the Rays
When St. Petersburg gave the Tampa Bay Rays permission to search for a new home in January 2016, Hillsborough County officials surveyed their available options. Within a few months, their list included eight sites from the familiar (the Florida State Fairgrounds) to the new (a previously undiscussed office and retail plaza near Dale Mabry Highway and Interstate 275). By April, the county had mapped the eight proposals and placed images of a stadium on each property to demonstrate to the Rays how a ballpark might fit, according to records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. In October, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan unveiled a proposal for a ballpark on a 14-acre site near Ybor City. The sites include: Florida State Fairgrounds, Jefferson High School, Port Tampa Bay, Tampa Heights, Bromley Property, Tampa Park Apartments, Tampa Greyhound Track, and historic Ybor City.
“What Could Have Been: Rays Ballpark Considered For These Eight Tampa Locations” – Tampa Bay Times
Window Film Company Moves to Tampa Bay
Madico Inc. has bought the former Transitions Optical plant in Pinellas Park and will relocate its headquarters to the site. Madico, which manufactures laminating and coating solutions and window films, paid $14.5 million for the site, at 9251 Belcher Road., a Nov. 6 deed filed with the Pinellas County clerk’s office said. The company, currently headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts and with a manufacturing location at 2630 Fairfield Ave. S. in St. Petersburg, will relocate existing equipment from both the St. Pete and Woburn locations to the new site, according to glassonweb.com. The move is scheduled to happen through 2018. The new site includes a quarter-million-square-foot manufacturing facility and 53,000-square-feet of office space, with 460 parking spaces for employees.
“Window Film Company Moves Headquarters From Massachusetts To Tampa Bay Area” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Concerns Over Florida’s Election Security
Saying there is a “growing threat” to Florida’s election systems, the state may spend nearly $2.4 million in the coming year on cybersecurity efforts designed to protect election-related software and systems from outside hackers. Gov. Rick Scott included the request in budget recommendations he gave to the Florida Legislature last week. Scott asked for the money even though state officials have provided limited details behind efforts to infiltrate Florida’s election systems ahead of the 2016 elections.
“Florida May Counter “Growing Threat” To Election Security” – Associated Press
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