Warehouse Lofts in Seminole Heights to celebrate groundbreaking today

The conversion of an old warehouse into loft-style apartments in Seminole Heights officially begins today.

The team behind the Warehouse Lofts — developer Wesley Burdette, architect Brian Wolf of Wolf Design Group and Sunshine Bancorp CEO Andrew Samuels — will be joined by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn at 11 a.m. today to celebrate the beginning of construction.

At $5.5 million and 48 units, the Warehouse Lofts is a small deal. But those smaller projects can help create a unique sense of place and… …read more

3 techniques for networking at big events

Recently, I attended the Puget Sound Business Journal’s annual Book of Lists event, held at Seattle’s beautiful Museum of Flight. It was a huge gathering, so I interviewed attendees for their insights on networking at big events.

Who was it that didn’t have much fun? Well, extreme introverts. Granted, most introverts probably didn’t register to attend in the first place. However, for those who braved the throngs of people, it was probably challenging to begin some new professional relationships.

I… …read more

9 top marketing ideas for real estate agents

Are you looking to increase the visibility of your real estate business?

In this article, we’ll look at nine of the top ways to market yourself as a real estate agent, and give you an idea of the costs associated with each.

1. Use a website builder

If you do not already have a website for your real estate business, then you are missing out. Lots of real-estate searches, especially in local areas, are now done online. With a good website, you can begin cashing in on that search traffic and bring… …read more

Exclusive: Franklin Street snares real estate veterans from CBRE

Tampa-grown real estate firm Franklin Street has snagged two veterans from real estate colossus CBRE Group Inc.

Clay Wommack, who specializes in office and industrial leasing, and Julie Palmer-Nicholson, who handles property management, have joined Franklin Street as directors in the office and industrial services group.

Wommack specializes in landlord and tenant representation of office and industrial properties. Palmer-Nicholson is in property management and will serve as Franklin Street’s director… …read more

Vinik’s plans create a sense of urgency to improve the TECO Line Streetcar

Unfortunately for the TECO Line Streetcar, Jeffrey Zampitella is an anomaly among downtown Tampa residents.

Zampitella, president of the SkyPoint Condominium Association, said he is such a passionate advocate for public transit and a walkable city that he finds excuses to take the streetcar whenever he can — and sometimes for no reason other than it’s there.

“I go out of my way to use it, because I just believe in the streetcar system,” Zampitella said.

He averages about six rides on the streetcar… …read more

Florida leading indicator continues upward trend in December

Florida’s leading indicator — a measurement of economic activity in the state compiled by Durham, N.H.-based e-forecasting.com — increased in December by 0.5 percent after an increase of 0.4 percent in November.

The December data is the most recent available.

Nine of the 10 components that make up Florida’s leading indicator had a positive contribution in December: unemployment claims, weekly hours in manufacturing, exports of manufactures, building permits, exports of manufactures, international… …read more

Kahwa Coffee goes far afield, announces newest location in Westchase

Continuing its aggressive expansion northward, St. Petersburg-based Kahwa Coffee will open its seventh location this spring in Westchase.

The 1,100-square-feet space — in the bottom floor of the Altis Highland Park apartment complex just north of Westfield Citrus Park mall — will feature indoor and outdoor seating.

Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Raphael and Sarah Perrier, Kahwa began roasting in St. Pete in 2005. It opened its first storefront on Second Street North in 2008, providing… …read more

PGT opens new glass plant

By Salem Solomon

Custom window and door maker PGT Inc. has opened a $14 million glass plant in Venice.

The 96,000-square-foot facility has been under construction since January and will employ about 220 people when running at full capacity, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. So far, 65 new employees have been hired.

The company believes the rebounding homebuilding industry in Florida will lead to greater demand for its window and door offerings, the Herald-Tribune said. “New construction is half of what…

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A closer look at redevelopment plans for the Kress in downtown Tampa

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer

The latest proposal for revitalizing the historic Kress building in downtown Tampa is about half the size of the plans pitched at the height of the real estate market.

The Tampa Bay Business Journa l was first to report that a group of Tampa real estate veterans has teamed up with an Atlanta hotel developer to redevelop the five-story Kress, which was the home of five-and-dime store S.H. Kress & Co. The Tampa team includes father-and-son construction executives Sam Ellison and Casey Ellison; Anthony…

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Luxury condo project, with units starting at $3 million, breaks ground in Manatee

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer

A condominium building with units that start at almost $3 million is under construction on Longboat Key.

Georgia-based Crossgate Partners LLC — which developed Madeira Bay Resort in Madeira Beach — has already sold five of the 11 units at 4765 Gulf of Mexico Drive, on the Manatee County side of the barrier island. The units are large for condos, ranging in size from 3,380 square feet to 6,370 square feet.

The 5-acre site includes the main residence building, a pool, clubhouse and fitness center…

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