Monday, October 9, 2017
Member Spotlight: HART
Yesterday, October 8, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) implemented a comprehensive schedule change, called Mission MAX. This redesign of the bus system includes route and schedule modifications based on an extensive period of research, operational considerations, and public input. Mission MAX transitions HART to more of a “grid” network, focusing less on transfer centers, and more on direct, at-stop connections. Long term, the most important aspect of Mission MAX is that it provides a service network that is sustainable for HART, but also provides a great foundation for expansion in the 10-year Transit Development Plan. Still have questions about Mission MAX? You can visit the Mission MAX FAQ, or interact with HART on Facebook and Twitter!
Saving Baby Squirrels, Cleaning Streets
Last week the Tampa Downtown Partnership Guides and Clean Team received a call from the Federal Building on Zack Street about a distressed momma squirrel trying to protect her nest of babies in a tree near the building. Our Guides acted quickly, placing a barricade around the tree to protect pedestrians and the squirrel. This is just one of the many services our Guides and Clean Team provide to our Downtown businesses, workers, and residents. Learn more about how our team can assist you or give us a call at 813.267.2220.
Win Tickets to Howl-O-Scream
Win a set of tickets to Busch Garden’s Howl-O-Scream! Just tweet or post this phrase to Facebook by this Friday, October 13 and you could be the winner. “Hey @TampasDowntown – I want to win tix 2 @HowlOScream #NowhereToHide”
Threepenny Opera Ticket Winner
Congratulations to Gloria Royster (@JeanG647)! She is the winner of two tickets to Jobsite Theater’s The Threepenny Opera on October 20 at 8pm. Gloria just tweeted the phrase provided in last week’s Monday Morning Memo and now she is going to the Opera! About the show – Set in London in the 1800s, The Threepenny Opera is a musical satire about a notorious bandit who marries a girl much to the chagrin of her father, forcing the peeved patriarch to do everything in his power to imprison his son-in-law. Ahead of its time, the political and social themes in this iconic piece of musical theater get at the corruption of humanity and how it consumes us and forces us to consume one another.
Host Your Company at Winter Village
Hosting your annual holiday party at Winter Village is an exciting and fun-filled alternative to traditional corporate gatherings. Enjoy all the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays in beautiful Downtown Tampa along the waterfront with your colleagues. Choose from two event options to fit your organization’s needs and pick a date from November 17 to January 5, 2018. Hold your event during the day, or evening – it’s up to you! Download the application.
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
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Through Sunday, October 15
This off-Broadway smash hit takes viewers to the 1958 Springfield High School prom to meet four girls with dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As they take the audience through their lives and loves, the girls serenade the crowd with classic ‘50s hits. In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. The girls discuss the highs and lows they have experienced in the past decade and find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. For more information, go to The Marvelous Wonderettes.
Brews By The Bay
Friday, October 13, begins 8pm
The Florida Aquarium
This event will be overflowing with endless beers, delicious food from local restaurants, and a sea of live entertainment. All exhibits will be open to enjoy. Brews By the Bay supports the Aquarium’s animal rescue, rehabilitation and release efforts, and youth environmental education programs. For more information, go to Brews By The Bay.
Oktoberfest Tampa 2017
Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The festival of Gemutlichkeit returns for its eighth year. For 3 full days, the park will be transformed into the city’s largest waterfront beergarden. Soak in the sprawling downtown views and beautiful sunsets as the park buzzes with live music, dancing, dirndls and lederhosen. For more info, go to Oktoberfest Tampa 2017.
Progressive Tampa Boat Show
Friday, October 13 to Monday, October 16
Tampa Convention Center
This is a must-attend event for every Tampa Bay boater. Whether you’re an avid fisherman, wakeboard or ski enthusiast, sailor or Bay cruiser, this boat show has something for you. Peruse a variety of booths, displays, and boats for every style of boater. For more information, go to Progressive Tampa Boat Show.
Taking the Stage at the Straz Center
mad Theatre presents Disaster! – Through Sunday, October 22
Chris Thile – Wednesday, October 11, begins 6:30pm
Latin Nights – Thursday, October 12, begins 9pm
The Naked Magicians – Thursday, October 12, begins 7:30pm
The Florida Orchestra – Swing is the Thing – Friday, October 13, begins 8pm
Now Showing at Tampa Theatre
Ghosts of Tampa Theatre Tour – Through Tuesday, October 31
Julie Scardina Presents MISSION: WILDLIFE – Friday, October 13, begins 7pm
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) – Friday, October 13, 10:30pm to Midnight
Like Water For Chocolate – Saturday, October 14, begins 2pm
Restoration Tour – Sunday, October 15, begins 11am
Tampa Theatre: The Mighty Overture (2017) – Sunday, October 15, 1pm to 1:30pm
Citizen Kane (1941) – Sunday, October 15, 3pm to 5pm
Hidden Figures (2016) – Sunday, October 15, 7pm to 9pm
This Week at Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals – Monday, October 9, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Thursday, October 12, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis Blues – Saturday, October 14, begins 7pm
Scorpions: Crazy World Tour – Sunday, October 15, begins 7pm
Doing Business in Downtown
|Retail Spotlight: Aesop
Aesop, the luxury skincare brand, opened last October inside Oxford Exchange, becoming Tampa’s first signature Aesop store. The brand is committed to bringing morality back to products for skin and hair, and is known for the safety and efficacy of its wide range of products for face, body, and hair. The shop offers a free skin consultation so you can try out the products before you buy. No colorants, mineral oils, silicones, parabens, or pearlising agents are used in production, and animals are never used for testing or contents.
Dough Nation, a Metropolitan Ministries store, opened on Friday offering a trendy new dessert, raw edible cookie dough!
Visit Tampa Bay has a Visitors Center with tons of curated Tampa Bay wares. Be sure to stop by at their new location at 201 N Franklin St.
Fifth Third Tower Sells
Fifth Third Center, a 19-story office tower in downtown Tampa, has been sold to a Boston investment firm. Farley White is the new owner of the 281,187-square-foot tower, CBRE Group Inc. said Monday. It is Farley White’s third purchase in the Tampa area. A purchase price was not disclosed, and a deed for the transaction has not yet been filed in Hillsborough County. The office market in downtown Tampa has been one of the biggest winners in the city’s ongoing urban revitalization efforts. Occupancy and rental rates have surged in recent years as employers choose downtown amenities over suburban convenience. That trend has sparked investor interest in the city’s office towers, and nearly all of the class A office towers in the urban core have traded in the last five years.
“Downtown Tampa Office Tower Sold To Boston Investors” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Rental Completions Reach New High
Rental completions will reach a 15-year high in Tampa Bay this year, nudging vacancy up. The largest portion of the new units are in Central Tampa where a number of mixed-use redevelopment projects are adding multifamily rentals. The submarket will receive roughly 4,200 apartments by the end of 2018. Additional apartments are set to begin construction next year in the 53-acre development on Old Water Street. Dubbed Water Street, the mixed-use district will transform underutilized land along the waterfront into 3,500 residences, several office buildings and two new hotels over the next decade.
“By the Numbers” – GlobeSt.com
Channel District Grows Along Waterfront
In Tampa’s Channel District, construction cranes swing across the sky. Below, workers in hard hats mill about at the spot off Meridian Avenue and Madison Street where construction on the Channel Club building has reached the halfway point. When it is completed in 2018, the 21-story Channel Club will have 323 apartments and an adjacent Publix, the first full-service grocery store in the Channel District. Ten years after residential development first began to change this warehouse district between downtown and Port Tampa Bay, the steady stream of new construction is continuing the transformation to a mixed-use, walkable neighborhood where start-up companies, arts venues, and an eclectic mix of largely locally owned and operated restaurants, pubs and shops are all part of the mix.
“Channel District Grows Along Waterfront In Tampa” – 83 Degrees Media
Development and Transportation
FDOT Initiates Environmental Review
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is working with the Federal Highway Administration to conduct a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to determine the preferred alternative for improving our interstate system. In its planning phase, this process serves as a community conversation and planning effort on the future of our region’s interstate system and how it integrates with multimodal choices under development across our region. FDOT District Seven has completed a draft Purpose and Need Statement for the Tampa Interstate Study Supplemental EIS. In addition, the FDOT District Seven has prepared a Project Coordination and Public Involvement Plan.
New Howard Frankland Plan
Last week, the Florida Department of Transportation announced that it now plans to build an eight-lane bridge, complete with a bike and pedestrian trail, to replace the northbound span of the Howard Frankland. That part of the bridge, built in 1960, is old and needs to be replaced. DOT expects the new bridge to open by 2024, local DOT secretary David Gwynn said. The new Howard Frankland plan is the latest in a series of moves by state transportation officials to address local concerns and rebuild relationships with Tampa Bay political leaders and residents. The result, according to local leaders and transportation planners, has been a more open process with state leaders who were willing to listen to community input.
“New 2024 Howard Frankland Plan: 8-Lane Bridge With Bike Path” – Tampa Bay Times
Downtown Medical School By the Numbers
After six years of site selection, planning and infrastructure improvements, construction has finally begun on the USF Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute. The building can house around 2,300 students, faculty and researchers. Of the $153 million estimated to be needed for the new building, around $110 million has been raised through state funding and the Morsani’s original donation six years ago. This coming legislative session, USF officials expect to ask for an additional $21 million.
“Construction Starts on Downtown Tampa USF College of Medicine” – WUSF
Pilot Project Paves the Way for Driverless Cars
The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority has released a video demonstrating how its Connected Vehicle pilot program tests technology necessary for autonomous vehicles that also increases driver safety. The less than one-minute video demonstration shows a car being warned about driving too fast and then alerting the driver they were traveling the wrong direction. The video serves as a first real-life look at the agency’s $17 million pilot project aimed at reducing traffic congestion and collisions. Once implemented in mid-2018, the program seeks to warn drivers coming off the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway into downtown Tampa of slowed traffic ahead. The off-ramp curves into a traffic light, making rear-end collisions a risk for drivers.
“High-Tech Tampa Area Pilot Project Paves The Way For Driverless Cars” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
THEA’s Connected Vehicle Pilot
Drivers, transit riders, and pedestrians in downtown Tampa may soon experience a safer, smoother trip as the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) brings innovative connected vehicle technology to the city’s central business district. The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is excited to announce the launch of the recruitment phase of the Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot Program. THEA was awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program to test Connected Vehicle Technology in real world conditions. Tampa is one of only three sites in the nation to test connected vehicle technology under this program. Learn more about the program here.
Targeted Redevelopment Plan
The Hillsborough County Redevelopment Incentives for Pilot Project Areas program was created to address opportunities within the unincorporated County that enhance the development and uses of areas that are traditionally seen as declining in value or are underutilized relative to their location and existing built infrastructure. The program targets four specific pilot project areas with the initial objectives focusing on job creation efforts through encouraging investment in office and industrial development for infill and redevelopment of obsolete structures. The primary objective of the program is to draw out and encourage private sector investment in sites and buildings that will encourage retention and attraction of businesses and jobs for our community. Learn more about the program here.
Celebrate Design With AIA
Join AIA Tampa Bay for the architecture communities premier annual event! The program will take place on Thursday, November 2nd at the Italian Club in Ybor City starting at 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss this fun-filled evening where we honor and recognize exceptional people, firms and design. Enjoy a reception, with an opportunity to visit sponsors displays, followed by the presentation of the 2017 Design and Honor Awards, featuring Bay News 9 Senior Anchor, Al Ruechel as Emcee. Delicious food and drinks will be served. Register here.
Trenam Law Joins Keep Pinellas Beautiful
Trenam Law participated in an afternoon of service in conjunction with Keep Pinellas Beautiful to help clean up Gandy Beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, September 27. Throughout the afternoon, attorneys, management and staff from Trenam Law joined the local conservation group to aid in clearing debris and litter from the coastline. Efforts also supported the annual International Coastal Cleanup Initiative by the Ocean Conservancy, which aims to gather data on garbage collected to provide insight on ways to improve ocean and beach preservation moving forward. For more information, visit Keep Pinellas Beautiful online.
WaVE Accelerator Accepting Applications
Do you have what it takes to be Tampa’s next great start-up? Tampa Bay WaVE is accepting applications for their Accelerator Program. Tampa Bay WaVE’s nationally recognized accelerator program is renowned for helping entrepreneurs transform their ventures into sustainable businesses that have a strong advantage in the tech industry. WaVE offers startups of all sizes and at all stages the resources they need to build and scale their business. The deadline to submit applications is November 1st.
Tampa Bay’s Largest Office Buildings
The latest Largest Office Buildings List has been released by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, with Netpark Tampa Bay topping the list with 936,229 total leasable square feet. View the photo gallery for a look at the 10 largest office buildings, reranked by the buildings’ assessed tax value. Seven out of the top 10 are in Downtown Tampa. See the full List here, which includes space available and leasing agents.
Westshore Alliance Launches Survey
The Westshore Alliance is launching the first district-wide Westshore worker and resident survey to gain greater insight on the perceptions, activities and demographic makeup of those who work and/or live in Westshore. If you work or live in Westshore, please take 10 minutes to complete the Westshore District-wide Survey. We are seeking feedback on the demographics, perceptions and activities of the growing number of people who call Westshore home. Your participation is paramount to help ensure the Westshore District’s thriving community continues to be a vibrant place to live, work, play and stay. The questions will take about 8-10 minutes, and all of your responses will remain anonymous. Participants who complete the survey can opt into random drawings to win one of six $100 gift cards.
Mixed-Use Development Opens on USF Campus
Capstone Development Partners and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital have opened Phase I of The Village, an on-campus mixed-use development at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Phase I of development includes 885 beds for first- and second-year students; The Hub, a new dining center; and The Fit, a wellness center. Phase II of development, which is set to open next July, will include 578,000 square feet of new facilities with 2,171 beds. A dedication ceremony for Phase I of The Village is scheduled for October 5, and will be held at the University of South Florida’s campus in Tampa.
“Capstone, Harrison Street Open Phase I of On-Campus Mixed-Use Development at The University of South Florida” – Student Housing Business
Moffit Cancer Center Draws Businesses to Tampa
At least two companies from Europe are considering expanding to Tampa because of the research underway at Moffitt Cancer Center. This is according to Dr. Alan List, Moffitt’s president and CEO. The potential company relocations are confidential and cannot be discussed at this time, a spokeswoman for Moffitt told the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Moffitt, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, already has a big business impact in the area. The center employs more than 5,600 people at an average salary of more than $72,500 and has a $2.1 billion economic impact in the state, according to a fact sheet on its website.
“Moffitt CEO: Cancer Center Could Draw More Businesses To Tampa” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Residents Offer Downtown Suggestions
Although many Safety Harbor residents would like to see a large grocery store like a Fresh Market or a Publix downtown, it is just not in the cards, according to City Manager Matt Spoor. But the community could see a smaller grocer somewhere on Main Street in the not-so-distant future. Recently, the city conducted the “Downtown Use Survey,” gathering input from residents on what they want downtown. The more than 400 responses were much what city officials expected — both the requests and the criticisms. Along with bringing in businesses to help add to that feeling that Safety Harbor is a place to live, work and play, the survey brought home apprehensions — a concern for over-development, parking challenges and too-tall buildings.
“Safety Harbor Residents Offer ‘Do’ And ‘Don’t’ Suggestions For Downtown” – Tampa Bay Times
Beach Drive’s First Wall Mural
A wall mural commissioned by the real estate firm Smith & Associates is now complete. Artist Derek Donnelly created a postcard-like image with icons representing St. Petersburg hidden within the letters of the city’s shortened name, St. Pete. Donnelly also created a larger-than-life image of a young girl wearing reflective shades on an adjacent wall. The girl is painted almost entirely in grayscale with only the reflection in the sunglasses colored with the bright hues of the iconic Gulf Coast sunsets.The murals can be seen walking north along Beach Drive and to those living in condos behind the Smith & Associates building.
“Watch This Time-Lapse Video Of Beach Drive’s First Wall Mural (Video)” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
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