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Warehouse might fill Largo site

The former Pixie Playmates building in Largo may soon get a face lift and become warehouse and office space.

An engineer has talked with Largo planners about the possibility of renovating the 78,000-square-foot building at the northwest corner of Belcher and Ulmerton roads. The children's clothing manufacturer closed about a year ago.

Largo program planner Peter Pensa says the plans call for an extensive outdoor face lift and lots of landscaping.

The Sembler Co. bought the land earlier this year so it could have a bigger chunk on the corner to build an Eckerd. Sembler has been trying to sell the rest of the land ever since.

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The location next to Largo Mall is just too valuable to remain empty for long.

The closed Boston Market on Ulmerton Road next to the mall soon may become a Burger King.

Pensa says representatives of Burger King have said they would add a drive-through and play area to the building. Pensa says the Boston Market has been closed for a few months.

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Across the street from that Boston Market site, a Golden Corral restaurant may be built.

Pensa says the company, based in Raleigh, N.C., wants to construct a building on a vacant piece of land at the southeast corner of Ulmerton Road and 101st Street. Pensa says some neighbors have expressed concern about adding traffic on 101st Street, which dead ends into a neighborhood.

Golden Corrals are family style restaurants that feature steaks, fresh bakery items and buffets.

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A real estate agent representing a client from Chicago has inquired about the possibility of building a hotel and water park on the south end of Clearwater Beach.

City planners say Richard File talked with them recently about the project and the possibility of relocating Third Street. The city's Kevin Garriott says File did not have a particular piece of property in mind and did not elaborate on what the water park might be like.

David Little, a real estate agent who represents the owner of the Spyglass Motel on the south beach, says File contacted him about the Spyglass property and that File said his client was from Chicago. Little says the Spyglass site is not for sale.

State records list File's office as Perfect Gulf Properties in Indian Rocks. File declined to comment about the possible project, saying plans are too preliminary.

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The owner of the former ice house at 632 Drew St. in downtown Clearwater once again is talking with city planners about renovating the building.

Planners recently talked with the owner about converting the structure to galleries, studios and a residence.

Owner Robert Schoeller has long discussed renovating the building, which was damaged by fire a few years ago. In January 1994, Schoeller's lawyer told the city Schoeller would turn the building into an art gallery by the end of 1994, but the work never was done.

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Baywinds, a company that's been offering classes on a variety of subjects in Tampa for 15 years, has a new location in Palm Harbor.

The company will offer classes on more than 30 topics at 777 Alderman Road, in rooms that are part of the law offices of attorneys Florin, Roebig and Walker.

The classes, which range in price from $10 to $195 but average about $25, will include travel writing, how to be a process server, overcoming anger and writing grant proposals.

Baywinds already offers yoga classes in Clearwater and swing and salsa dancing classes in East Lake.