ST. PETERSBURG — What started 21 years ago as a 2,000-square-foot health food store is about to become a 15,000-square-foot "wellness campus."
Rollin' Oats, at 2842 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, is doubling its size from a current 7,500 square feet to encompass a much larger grocery market, a 100-seat outdoor cafe, five yoga studios and a rooftop plaza for live music and lectures....
12/10/13 Local Government
TIERRA VERDE — A new parking lot and empty tract of land is better than a decaying cluster of vacation villas, but residents are wondering what happened to a new ownership group's plans to build a hotel and restaurant at the entrance to Tierra Verde.
Three years ago Tierra Verde Marina Resort LLC paid $14.4 million for a time-share complex on 10 acres at 200 Madonna Blvd. The group hosted a meeting with about 170 residents and shared plans and drawings for a restaurant of up to 10,000 square feet and a 100-room hotel. ...
Vinoy GM is moving to another marriott property in Arizona
After 14 years as general manager for the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, Russ Bond is leaving before the end of the year to take the helm of the JW Marriott resort in Tucson, Ariz.
The move to the 576-room property with 27 holes of golf is a step up in the Marriott chain, which also owns the Vinoy.
"It has been a great ride but this is a great opportunity," Bond said....
ST. PETERSBURG — Five years of speculation are over. The Publix on Fourth Street at 38th Avenue N, almost across the street from the Publix at Northeast Park Shopping Center, will close Dec. 28.
Ever since the Lakeland-based grocer acquired the seemingly redundant location when it bought 49 Albertsons markets in 2008, customers have wondered how long two big stores at the same intersection would coexist....
It connects the bay and the beaches. It divides north and south. It's the center of town but not the center of activity it once was. Central Avenue is many things to many people, making it the most eclectic thoroughfare in the county. ¶ With numerous galleries and funky shops with handcrafted merchandise, it's clearly considered the city's art district, even though the Dalí, Chihuly Collection and Museum of Fine Arts are elsewhere. As the demand for vintage clothing, furniture and decor grows, Central is known as the best hunting ground. With more than 50 restaurants and cafes, most independently owned, the avenue has foods for every taste and price. It also boasts plenty of bars, the strongest concentration downtown. The many gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses have led to Central Avenue hosting the biggest Pride event in the Southeast. And don't forget baseball. Baseball has been very, very good to Central Avenue....
ST. PETERSBURG — In a neighborhood lined with canals, manicured lawns and homes that cost up to $400,000 sits an abandoned house that has served as a teenage hangout.
The overgrown lawn and broken windows at 1457 40th Ave. NE were bad enough, but when cops were called to chase away three teenagers hidden inside, neighbor Julie Johnson's frustration hit a new level.
"It makes me feel unsafe," she said recently. "We live in a nice neighborhood with tailored yards. The neighbors are friendly with each other. To know that something like this is going on is scary."...
Five years after immigrating to Detroit from Italy, Angelo Iafrate saved enough money from working at a Ford plant to buy a secondhand dump truck. What started as a side job in 1960 has ultimately turned into a materials recycling company that has invested $12 million into the area this year.
Along with buying a former 13-acre PSTA maintenance facility at 855 28th St. S for $2 million for its new headquarters and a processing facility, Angelo's Recycled Materials has bought land to build two similar operations in Orlando and one each in Brandon and Lakeland. It already has materials processing facilities in Largo and Lutz....
11/07/13 Real Estate
ST. PETERSBURG — Monica Abbott has seen plenty while gazing out her window at the 95-year-old Mediterranean revival hotel across the street.
When the three-story building at 7401 Central Ave. was run as a low-cost hotel she saw cops breaking up fights and people coming and going at all hours of the night.
When it was under new ownership in 2007, she saw the dignified Parkview Hotel sign go up, a manicured lawn and construction workers. After the renovation came to a halt in 2011, Abbott watched a decaying building, overgrown grass and for-sale signs coming and going....
ST. PETERSBURG — Ringside Cafe will close the Fourth Street location it has had for 26 years on Dec. 1 and reopen Dec. 4 in what's now Club Detroit at 16 Second St. N.
"One door closes and another one opens. We're excited about going through this one," said Ringside owner Greg Pugh.
The popular restaurant and stage for live music seven nights a week has to close its current location because new owners are buying it in January and are expected to bring a Trader Joe's grocery store to the block. ...
10/22/13 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — After close to 20 years as a gathering spot, a watering hole and a stage for jazz great Buster Cooper, the Garden on Central Avenue has finished its long run.
The owners of the restaurant that will replace it promise that all that was special about the Garden will live on in the new Calypso Rum Bar & Island Grill.
"We are not taking away the Garden's original charm; we are just enhancing it and freshening it," said Jon La Budde, a minority partner in the new venture. Jeff Knight, owner of Jannus Live, is the majority partner in the new restaurant and is taking over the lease at 217 Central Ave....
The plans for the Pier Aquarium to move to John's Pass have fallen apart, but the city is thriving even without the long-anticipated tourist attraction.
It's hard to score a parking space at John's Pass Village even before tourist season starts. A $2 million beachfront restaurant is in the works, along with a Courtyard by Marriott, Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company, a new Publix, and the conversion of an old motel into 12 $1.1 million luxury condos....
St. Pete's Fourth Street gains medical office, golf shop; South Pasadena Walmart coming; Kenneth City eatery closes10/18/13News
Medical building rising where funeral home stood
Since opening in 1920, the John S. Rhodes Funeral Home has arranged 30,000 services, including those for Aymer Vinoy Laughner, Al Lang and George Gandy. When it closed eight years ago, the 23,000-square-foot building at 635 Fourth St. N was thought to be the oldest business on the street.
After sitting on the market with an asking price of $2 million, it has been bought and demolished to make way for a two-story, 15,500-square-foot medical office offering dialysis....
10/15/13 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — The city is joining the ranks of San Francisco, Savannah, Ga., and Kansas City, Mo., with the advent of a monthly vintage market featuring 20 vendors selling eclectic merchandise in a former warehouse. Brocante Vintage Market is open the first weekend of every month at 2200 Second Ave. S in an 18,000-square-foot warehouse that once housed a wholesale piano business....
ST. PETERSBURG — Mortgage Investors Corp. laid off nearly 500 workers, including 256 in its St. Petersburg headquarters, and stopped making new home loans in a stunning pullback Monday.
Bill Edwards, a well-known local businessman and chairman of MIC, blamed the near-shutdown on federal regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act that are going into effect Wednesday. His company, one of the biggest refinancers of home loans for veterans, doesn't have the technological capacity to comply, he said....
10/07/13 Real Estate
ST. PETERSBURG — The 103-year-old faded yellow house sits defiantly on the corner of Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue S while construction workers, cranes and concrete mixers hum all around it. The Harbour's Edge and Urban Landings apartments are rising on most of the block within inches of the house.
It's reminiscent of Pixar's movie Up, in which a stubborn senior citizen refuses to sell his home as a concrete city grows around it. He ultimately ties helium balloons to the roof and floats away....