Thursday, August 24, 2006

Channelside and the Place

Even though the name doesn't provoke any emotions, The Place II should be a great addition to the Channelside District...Let me know your opinions

Channelside and Seaboard

Here is a rendition of what Channelside will look like if Seaboard Square builds their condo towers and hotel. 4 buildings just north of the Towers of Channelside. The site is comprised of a hotel, apartments and condos.

Update: A few more pics obtained of Seaboard...

Saturday, August 19, 2006

TTT will not go vertical

No contractor, no Financing - I would guess this project may never get off the ground!

Since plans were announced January 2005 for a 600-foot, $220 million tower - which would be Tampa's tallest - the project completion date has been moved several times, and developers parted ways with at least two contractors. Developers acknowledged in February that costs have gone up 50 percent and that they had passed along a $40 million increase to buyers with reservations to acquire units.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Plan To Move Art Museum In Beer Can Nixed

By Ellen Gedalius of The Tampa Tribune
Published: Aug 15, 2006 A plan to move the Tampa Museum of Art into the "beer can" building and cubes is dead.
The new proposal is to build the museum a new building along the Poe parking garage, adjacent to the site of a proposed new Children's Museum.
The city had planned to buy the cubes, at the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Ashley Drive, for $5.7 million from America's Capital Partners.
The city also had planned to rent part of the cylindrical building. But appraisals for the cylindrical building came in at the $2 million range, City Attorney David Smith said.
That was a deal breaker.
"It's not prudent," Smith said. "It would look very suspect to be spending tax dollars in that matter."
The proposal needs approval of the Tampa Museum of Art board, and parts of the deal also will need city council approval.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Where did C go?

I recently learned that "C" is no longer! I drive by their sales office located in the storefront of One Bayshore and hadn't seen much activity since the launch. It sounds like sales never developed... There are several towers in the pipeline for downtown, these will be of a much lower price point and should materialize....hopefully!

The website is no longer available but this blurb remains on their corporate website

"Sales are under way at C, the latest talk of the town in downtown Tampa. A soaring collection of 144 lavishly modern condominium residences, town homes and stunning penthouses, C is the ultimate in style, scene and multisensory indulgence. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and the Crescent Resources team officially launched sales recently at an exclusive VIP reception where all the buzz was about C’s distinction in the surge of redevelopment taking place in downtown Tampa. Seductively situated at downtown’s dramatic front door, C puts you in the front row – at the exhilarating, urban edge of everything. Yet above the buzz on the streets, life inside C feels open, simple, calm. Unlike anything Tampa has ever seen. C a new era. C the renaissance."

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Kress development has legs...

Looks like the Kress developers still have some life left in them. In a reversal of fortune, City council voted today to not classify the Woolworth and Newberry buildings historic.

"The developer, however, promised to preserve the facades, but did not want to be regulated by the city's Architectural Review Commission, which has a reputation for nitpicking."

"Preservationists had argued that the buildings played a critical role in Tampa's history and should be saved and labeled historic. Historic buildings cannot be significantly altered, except under extreme circumstances."

Here is a picture of the Kress and adjacent buildings...

8/15/2006 Update: Jeanette Jason is looking for another developer to take the Kress of her hands. This was beyond their scope from the beginning.