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Old May 9th, 2012, 06:29 AM   #21
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More dining actually makes a lot of sense. There is a market for retail, but how much is questionable. During the peak bubble years, there were a lot of empty storefronts.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 04:50 PM   #22
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I know I'm going away from the topic, but I see that additional parts of the West End project are on the agenda as well.
Likely apartments if something is in the works. Just add retail to the next phase please!
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Old May 11th, 2012, 02:09 AM   #23
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Likely apartments if something is in the works. Just add retail to the next phase please!
Negative. There was no retail and about 60% of the site was surface parking. Really awful.

The Post project was moved to June due to changes to the site plan, but what was presented did not seem particularly offensive. It sounded like there would be (up to) two restaurants AND retail on Howard.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 04:58 AM   #24
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I stopped in Urban Body clothing store this evening and i talked to the owners. They told me 2-3 weeks until they break ground on this project..... they said retail and 3 restaurants (one with a sports theme) will be on the ground floor.

living in the madison, im excited for this project
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Old November 1st, 2012, 03:30 AM   #25
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Stalled apartment development in South Tampa back on again

By Drew Harwell, Times Staff Writer
Posted: Oct 31, 2012 09:16 PM

TAMPA — Atlanta developers plan to rekindle an apartment project long stalled near Hyde Park, intending to spend nearly $40 million on hundreds of apartments in a complex called Post SoHo Square.

Post Properties told investors this week it planned to build 231 apartments and more than 10,000 square feet of retail space at the complex, near the epicenter of S Howard Avenue's busy nightlife.

No rental price was given for the apartments, which would average about 880 square feet in size. Developers also gave no starting date for construction, though they said the first apartments would open in early 2014.

Post bought the land, which had included the popular Whiskey Park SoHo nightclub, near the southeast corner of Howard and Swann avenues in 2005 for about $12 million. Post was one of many developers at the time intending to build condominiums and storefronts.

But two years later, as the condo market collapsed, the developers shuffled their plans into a four-story, 192-unit luxury apartment complex, with nearly 20,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space.

The latest plan was announced this week in advance of a conference call with Post investors.

Filling in the development gap that failed condo projects left behind, Tampa Bay apartment construction appears to be quickly building strength.

Last week, developers with Pollack Shores Real Estate Group broke ground on a $36 million apartment complex called NoHo Flats, planned for an old industrial expanse of North Hyde Park.

Developers of both projects are looking to lure in Tampa's lucrative rental market, which grew during the recession fueled by high rates of foreclosures.

Apartment vacancy rates across Tampa Bay have slid to about 6 percent, according to midyear data from commercial real estate broker Cushman & Wakefield. Average rents have risen to $859 a month.

Messages left Wednesday with Post Properties were not returned.

The firm has more than 2,000 apartments in seven complexes, and more than 45,000 square feet of retail space, leased or under development across the country, a Post statement said.

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Old November 4th, 2012, 11:36 PM   #26
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Looks like the demolition of the old building is coming along by looking at it. The Bern's site has a couple dirt movers (don't know the official name of equipment) but it looks like they stopped working. The ground doesn't look any different. I wonder what the hold-up is.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 07:13 PM   #27
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They started again...
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:40 PM   #28
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They started again...
haven't been around there lately. How's the Bern's hotel/spa coming along?
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Old March 8th, 2013, 06:38 PM   #29
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Here is a couple progress pics taken yesterday. Are there any renderings for this development? I haven't come across any, and I didn't see any renderings on the fencing bordering the site.

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Old March 8th, 2013, 11:57 PM   #30
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If you watch the Council meeting when this was first presented - 5/10/12 - there are a few...
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Old March 17th, 2013, 10:46 PM   #31
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can't seem to find the renderings for this project, anyone got them
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Old July 4th, 2013, 01:59 AM   #32
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http://tbo.com/news/business/maddon-...rant-20130702/

By Richard Mullins | Tribune Staff
Published: July 2, 2013
If the whole baseball thing hadn't come along in Joe Maddon's life, he probably would have gone into the restaurant business. Now Maddon is getting a second chance.


The Tampa Bay Rays manager is part of a group that's launching a new restaurant called Ava in South Tampa that could be the first of a string of locations to open across the region.


"Growing up, I worked at my uncle's luncheonette in Hazleton Pennsylvania," Maddon said. "Mopping floors at lunchtime and after school, working the counter, making hoagies."


He applied to Cornell University as a student, and would have gone into the well-regarded restaurant and hospitality program there, but he was wait-listed, and his life took a turn toward baseball.


Now, he has become a wine fanatic with a wine cooler in his office, and is a fine food connoisseur, and is an almost a nightly fixture at the 717 South restaurant in Tampa. Recently, he struck a partnership deal with his friend and owner of 717 South, Michael Stewart, on a new restaurant company that will open a location directly across Howard Avenue in the Post SoHo apartments now under construction. If all goes according to plan, the restaurant could be the start of a string of locations opening across the region.


The restaurant will be called Ava, which roughly translates from the Italian as "breath of life," and it will take up about 4,600 square feet of interior space and 1,000 square feet of patio space at 718 South Howard Ave.


Maddon and Stewart have become friends over the last few years, as Maddon lives near 717 on Bayshore Boulevard and spends several nights a week at 717. While many baseball managers crack open a bottle of beer after a game, Maddon opens a bottle of wine. Fairly often, Maddon and Stewart will challenge each other to find the best bottle of wine under $20 or $30, and then bring it to 717 for review and tasting notes.


When Maddon and the Rays organization started hosting a "Thanksmas" event to prepare meals for the homeless, Maddon and Stewart built on the idea for an event at 717 where several Rays players took a turn as guest bartender for charity. The 717 restaurant is regularly so popular that there's a waiting list. When an opportunity came for Stewart to open a new site, Maddon jumped at the chance to be involved.


The menu for Ava is still under development, as the location won't be ready for opening until this time next year. But Stewart and Maddon have been taking the days when his team isn't playing, and meeting at restaurants across the country. Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Los Angeles and so on.


Maddon and the other partners have settled on a general concept they call "Inspired Italian" that will be something more sophisticated than a lunch spot, but more casual than a fine-dining dinner restaurant.


"There is a movement toward fewer ingredients, but much higher quality," Stewart said. As opposed to 717 that has an expansive and fusion-themed menu, Ava will have a more select lineup with entrees priced at $15 to $25. "We'll be doing specials here for a while at 717 to feel out some parts of the menu, and the Ava menu will not be set in stone."


Instead, they'll focus on farm-to-table ingredients, with house-made pastas, lots of Charcuterie options, Neapolitan-style pizza, and it will have a large wine selection (in many ways overseen by Maddon) and an Italian cocktail program.


Next week, Stewart will travel to Naples, Italy, to choose an A****o-brand oven for the site's pizzas and baked goods. To design the space, the owners commissioned the Atlanta-based designer Smith Hanes, who helped create restaurants such as the Optimist Restaurant, Restaurant No. 246 and JCT Kitchen & Bar.


They'll be open for brunch, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.


The location for the restaurant is in the ground floor of a significant new apartment project near the corner of Swann Avenue and Howard Avenue called Post SoHo. The residents of the 230 units will enter their complex by driving into the second-floor lobby.


By contrast, the retail and restaurant area on the ground floor will have its own dedicated parking, Stewart said, potentially alleviating some of the tight parking situation in the area. Already, another set of developers saw their proposed project for a new apartment building nearby hit a roadblock of neighborhood opposition that rallied around the criticism of excessive density and traffic.


In one way, Maddon thus follows in the footsteps of the Rays third baseman, Evan Longoria, who is a partner in the soon-to-open Kennedy Boulevard sports bar and restaurant Ducky's Sports Lounge.


"I don't even know when a time would be for me after baseball," Maddon said. "I hope that never occurs ... But it's wise to have balance in your life, and this is a great opportunity, an avocation, to try something I've always wanted to get involved in."


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Old July 4th, 2013, 02:27 AM   #33
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75 qualified applicants for space...

Neighborhood opponents who killed the SoHo Flats project a couple of blocks to the south had better start praying. The owner could easily decide to make that place have a much larger commercial component now that the NIMBYs and the city have forced him to stick to the CI zoning, which heavily favors commercial development as being the most profitable type allowed.

My guess is there are lots of businesses that would love to be next to the Bern's developments.
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Old July 30th, 2013, 03:41 AM   #34
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Old September 28th, 2013, 02:02 AM   #35
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Old September 30th, 2013, 01:57 AM   #36
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Can't believe they still allow buildings in Florida to be built out of wood
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Old October 9th, 2013, 10:21 PM   #37
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So will there be retail on Howard or not?
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Old October 10th, 2013, 06:10 PM   #38
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Yes. Several spots.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 09:47 AM   #39
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Old December 1st, 2013, 07:57 PM   #40
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At this point the only thing that makes these look urban is the parking garage imo.
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