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Midtown has new pizza shop

Midtown residents have a new spot for pizza.

John Green has opened a Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs at 3073 18th Ave. S. He spent the last eight years as a barber but has left that profession to be a restaurateur.

The new pizza shop will offer takeout and delivery. Pizza delivery is a service lacking south of Central Avenue, said Green, 35.

"I thought I could bring something to the community, give people an opportunity to eat pizza. This community is under-represented in a lot of franchises," Green said.

The 18th Avenue Hungry Howie's is the 200th Florida location for the pizza company and the first new Hungry Howie's in St. Petersburg in 14 years, according to Jim Hearn, president of Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs of Florida in Dunedin.

Affordable townhouses sprouting

ST. PETERSBURG _ More residential construction is under way at the corner of Seventh Street S and Third Avenue. Starlite Townhomes will have six units in the $150,000 to $175,000 range, according to Jason Sanchez of JMS Group.

Sanchez, 27, said the homes were designed for a more modern look.

"Something different than Mediterranean Revival," Sanchez said. "I think Mediterranean Revival is beautiful, but I think there has got to be a mix."

The price is something different, too.

Most of the townhomes and condominiums built downtown or near downtown in the past few years have had price floors of about $300,000 and ceilings in the millions.

"I want something that people can afford," said Sanchez, who is buying one of the townhomes himself.

The complex will have six units, five of which will be in one building, leaving one unit and a garage by itself. Sanchez said it was designed that way to get the most out of the lot. The units will average 1,200 square feet and have two bedrooms and 2{ baths. Each unit will have a small patio and back yard.

JMS Group has contracts from buyers for two of the units, which are expected to be complete Dec. 1.

Sanchez said this is his first project in St. Petersburg. He was involved in the Habana, a four-unit complex in Tampa at Cleveland and Habana.

Plant movers moving downtown

ST. PETERSBURG _ Tim Higham and Gloria Hudson Higham are moving their two plant-related businesses from the West Shore area of Tampa across the bay to downtown St. Petersburg.

The Highams already live in St. Petersburg and bought the building at 320 First Ave. N for their offices. The building, which is right across from Williams Park, contains the Christian Science Reading Room, which will remain. The empty cafe space will be filled with a second location of Cafe Vienna, whose first location is on Snell Isle, Glorida Hudson Higham said.

Into the 4,000 square feet of office space upstairs, the Highams will move Interstate Transport and Interstate Plant and Tree. The first business belongs to Tim Higham and moves plants and trees for landscapers. The second business belongs to Gloria Hudson Higham and distributes plants and trees from farmers to customers such as golf courses and parks.

She said it probably will be early next year before the rehabilitation of the office will be complete and they are settled in the space.

_ SHARON L. BOND

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