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Jeff Vinik's vision for Tampa's downtown waterfront

Today vs. the future? Drag the slider left and right to compare artist's renderings of Tampa's current downtown waterfront to Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's vision.

Artist's renderings from STRATEGIC PROPERTY PARTNERS LLC / Times interactive by KEN WALKER

First construction on Vinik's downtown Tampa project targeted for August

TAMPA — In December, when Jeff Vinik unveiled his plans for a $1 billion waterfront development near Amalie Arena, the idea was to start moving dirt this summer, after the Tampa Bay Lightnin …

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Where others saw Tampa's vacant waterfront, Jeff Vinik saw potential

TAMPA — In 2010, a Boston hedge fund manager bought a failing hockey franchise, the lease to its arena and some vacant land next to it. That's because Jeff Vinik saw something in the …

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Reinventing Jeff Vinik: From Wall Street to hockey to real estate

Analysts at Morningstar, the mutual fund consulting firm in Chicago, are so dazzled by Jeff Vinik that they call him ''Amazin' Jeff.'' At 32 years of age, Mr. Vinik has a limited track record. …

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  1. Channelside Bay Plaza could be demolished to make way for a new park, restaurants and condos

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Developers envisioned a bustling entertainment and dining district on the edge of downtown Tampa when Channelside Bay Plaza opened 15 years ago. Built along Tampa's seaport, there wasn't anything like it downtown.

    Strategic Property Partners unveiled plans to redevelop Channelside Bay Plaza to Port Tampa Bay on Tuesday. [Photos provided by SPP]
  2. Vinik-Cascade group negotiating for land needed for street grid overhaul

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — You might think that by now Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Cascade Investment would own or control all the land they need for their 40-acre megadevelopment near downtown Tampa.

    They don't.

    A rendering shows Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Cascade Investment’s development near downtown Tampa.
  3. Yacht StarShip to launch pirate-themed water taxis along Tampa riverfront

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Imagine dinner at Ulele, then a water taxi ride to a concert or hockey game at Amalie Arena.

    Yacht StarShip’s three-vessel water taxi service will launch Feb. 27. The pirate-themed taxis will run daily and will be able to carry 40 to 50 passengers, have restrooms and offer concessions.
  4. For Buckhorn, supporting Obama trade deal could offer personal risk, city reward

    Politics

    TAMPA — When it comes to picking battles, Mayor Bob Buckhorn appears more focused on achieving his goals as mayor than on running for governor in 2018.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn speaks at a U.S. Conference of Mayors news conference regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in Atlanta in October. Behind him are, left to right, Columbia, S.C. Mayor Steve Benjamin, Little Rock, Ark., Mayor Mark Stodola and, at far right, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The men in the short-sleeved shirts are with the mattress manufacturer that hosted the event. Photo courtesy of Bob Buckhorn
  5. Tampa Bay Express interstate project slammed as one of the nation's 12 worst

    Roads

    TAMPA — A new report with a national scope calls the controversial Tampa Bay Express interstate expansion one of the 12 worst highway projects in the United States for expanding roads to little benefit.

  6. Cost, size weigh against ConAgra land in downtown Tampa as Rays stadium site

    Politics

    TAMPA — As the focus intensifies on the Tampa Park Apartments as a potential Hillsborough stadium site for the Tampa Bay Rays, another once-much-talked-about site, the ConAgra flour mill, may be poised for a fade-out.

    The ConAgra flour mill at 110 S Nebraska Ave., near downtown Tampa has been in operation since 1938. Flour milled there is shipped to bakeries across Florida, the Southeast and the Caribbean.  It has an intriguing location for an urban baseball stadium, but Mayor Bob Buckhorn says the cost of moving the mill to another location would probably make a ballpark there too expensive.
  7. As Rays search expands, Hillsborough offers a mixed bag of stadium options

    Local

    TAMPA — Hillsborough elected officials Thursday welcomed a St. Petersburg City Council vote setting the stage for a Tampa Bay Rays stadium search that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn described both as a "big step forward" and the start of "a long, complicated process."

    The Tampa Park Apartments, shown here in the foreground, are considered by some to be perhaps the best potential site in Hillsborough County for a Tampa Bay Rays baseball stadium, largely because of the site's proximity to downtown Tampa and Ybor City. But an expanded Rays stadium site search could take in other potential sites in or near downtown Tampa and West Shore, as well as other locations around Hillsborough County.
  8. Vinik-Cascade project gets ready for $35 million in ground work

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Strategic Property Partners went out to bid Friday for a contractor to do up to $35 million worth of work on roads, utilities and amenities for its $2 billion downtown redevelopment project.

    This Strategic Property Partners rendering shows an overview of the $2 billion redevelopment project that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment fund plan on 40 acres around Amalie Arena.
  9. Vinik-Cascade project hires Dallas parking company for Amalie Arena lots

    Business

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's real estate venture has hired a Dallas-based parking company to handle lots during games, concerts and other events at Amalie Arena.

    Parking lots used for Amalie Arena events will operate more efficiently, thanks to ParkHub’s software and handheld readers.
  10. Vinik: We're making progress on signing major office building tenant

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said he and his Cascade Investment partners are "making good progress" on signing a tenant for half of a 650,000-square-foot office building planned for the first phase of their downtown redevelopment project.

    Jeff Vinik said he and his Cascade Investment partners are “making good progress” on signing a tenant for half of a 650,000-square-foot office building planned for the first phase of their downtown redevelopment project. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times (2014)]