Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Petersburg officials name panel to study waterfront

ST. PETERSBURG — City officials announced this week the makeup of an expert panel from the Urban Land Institute that will soon arrive here to analyze the waterfront, interview stakeholders and offer guidance on the area's future.

At a cost of $125,000 (80 percent of which was paid by the business community), city officials hope the group of experienced outsiders will offer a fresh perspective.

"We all have baggage here," said Dave Goodwin, director of planning and economic development. "We have our blind spots. These folks are hopefully coming in relatively free of those."

The eight-member team has a wealth of experience that would seem well-suited for the task, according to a summary of their biographies released by city staff:

• Mike Higbee, managing director of DC Development Group in Indianapolis: He has designed and developed projects in several cities, including Indianapolis; West Lafayette, Ind.; Waukegan, Ill.; and Durham, N.C.

• Stephen Antupit, partner at Fish to Water in Seattle: He has experience in urban design, master plans and public-private partnerships. Antupit focuses on green infrastructure, branding and growth policies.

• Tom Gardner, senior associate urban designer at RNL Design in Denver: He is a registered landscape architect and urban designer and has worked on a variety of projects, including urban parks, retail development and urban streetscapes.

• David Gazek, principal at Gazek Consulting in San Francisco: With previous experience at AECOM and Federal Development, he has worked in commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate related to land development, redevelopment, corporate facilities and distressed assets.

• Michael Lander, president and owner of Lander Group in Minneapolis: His company has planned, designed and developed commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate projects.

• Richard Reinhard, deputy executive director of the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District: He has helped transform an area in Washington, D.C., from a federal office precinct to a business hub. He has previously been involved with similar organizations in Atlanta; Richmond, Va.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

• Kathleen Rose, president of Rose & Associates Southeast in Davidson, N.C.: She has managed the analysis, planning, development and marketing of a variety of retail, industrial, hotel, office and mixed-use projects.

• Rob Wolcheski, director of HR&A Advisors in Washington, D.C.: He has worked on major public-private development initiatives and specializes in mixed-use market analysis, transactional financial modeling and public finance strategy.

St. Petersburg officials name panel to study waterfront 09/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 20, 2013 2:27pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Former Marine from Florida dies fighting for Kurdish militia

    ORLANDO — A former Marine who secretly traveled to Syria earlier this year to battle the Islamic State was killed while fighting for a Kurdish militia, his father said Tuesday.

  2. Ratings service Nielsen begins tracking live TV consumption on Hulu, YouTube


    TV ratings service Nielsen will begin tracking how many people watch network TV on YouTube and Hulu to gauge how many viewers broadcast networks have through streaming, the company announced Tuesday.

    Nielsen, a ratings company, is monitoring how many viewers watch live TV on Hulu and YouTube to get a better sense of overall viewership. | [AP]
  3. FWC investigates viral video of shark getting dragged behind speeding boat (w/video)


    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating a viral video that shows a shark being dragged behind a boat on a rope as men laugh each time its body slams the water.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating a viral video that shows a shark being dragged behind a boat on a rope as men laugh each time its body slams the water. [Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]
  4. Cheers, whoops for McCain's return, then impassioned speech


    WASHINGTON — In high drama at the Capitol, Sen. John McCain on Tuesday delivered a crucial vote in the Republican drive to dismantle the health care law, a win for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, and then leveled a broadside at how the GOP got there.

    In this image from video provided by C-SPAN2, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. is embraced by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y. as he arrives of the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday. [C-SPAN2 via AP]
  5. For starters: Slumping LoMo, Dickerson not in Rays lineup tonight vs LHP


    1B Logan Morrison and LF Corey Dickerson, two of the main slumpers in the Rays lineup, are not in tonight's lineup with the Orioles throwing LHP Wade Miley.

    Logan Morrison is 0-for-12 on this homestand.