Real Estate



  1. Drivers pass a sign outside the Kimmins Contracting Corp., looking to hire employees last Thursday in Tampa. A record-high number of people have applied for unemployment benefits as layoffs engulfed the United States in the face of a near-total economic shutdown aimed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, applications open for the new federal Paycheck Protection Program, which will provide forgivable loans to small businesses that maintain their headcount, pay and employee benefits. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
  2. Sparkman Wharf, Tampa, has been closed to visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.. Visitors cannot enter the property.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  3. An appellate court has overturned the historic status of Driftwood, the quaint neighborhood off Big Bayou shaded by mature trees and cushioned with lush undergrowth.. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
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  5. The Double Decker Bar in Tampa's Ybor City entertainment district was closed last week. Tampa City Hall had sent fliers local bars, which were expecting a possible bar and restaurant closure announcement due to preventing the spread of the coronavirus. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  6. Debbie Belkov has a renovated house for sale for $425,000 on a highly visible corner in St. Petersburg’s Lake Maggiore Shores. She poses in front of the home on Monday. It has four bedrooms, 3½ baths, a fireplace, wood floors and a couple of lioness statutes flanking the front walk. In just a week after listing it on Zillow, she got a lot of calls and planned to hold an open house over the weekend. But she called it off because of the coronavirus outbreak, she said. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  7. A construction worker earlier this year walks along the beams of the Bainbridge Ybor City luxury apartments, slated to open this summer in Tampa. Currently, developers are seeing signs of a tighter lending environment, particularly for apartments, hotel and retail projects.
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  8. Carmine's Ybor restaurant in Tampa closed early due to the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, the same day Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis activated a $50 million small business emergency bridge loan program for Florida businesses with two to 100 employees. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  9. The former Westminster Presbyterian Church at 126 11th Ave NE is now a local historic landmark. The church closed in 2015 and is for sale. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  10. Tessa Giunta, left, and sister Victoria run the last farm in East Ybor City. “We grow the same variety that our father grew,” Tessa Giunta said. “We have fennel, chard, 11 types of lettuce.” [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  11. The developer of the planned Riverwalk Place tower on Friday told prospective buyers that it is in negotiations to add a luxury boutique hotel and hotel-branded condominiums to a redesigned project. [Rendering courtesy of Gensler]
  12. One of the three new West River towers now under construction in the area where the North Boulevard Homes once stood. (Tampa Housing Authority) [Tampa Housing Authority]
  1. The Culbreath Isles home of Miracle Mop inventor and former HSN star Joy Mangano is on the market for $2.225 million. [Courtesy of the Hughes Shelton Team] [Hughes Shelton Team]
  2. A house under construction last year in Waterset on Big Bend Road in Hillsborough County's Apollo Beach area. Times (2019)
  3. Lennar has closed on the acquisition of an additional 1,567 acres from the Bexley family in central Pasco County for its massive Angeline development. [C.T. BOWEN  |  Times]
  4. MICHELE MILLER |  Times
In 2019, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco counties celebrated the completion of the 'Harbor House'  in Town and Country Villas in New Port Richey. The neighborhood is part of Habitat's West Pasco revitalization initiative to bring affordable housing to the New Port Richey area. Last week, Pasco commissioners said they will waive transportation fees for new single-family and multifamily affordable housing projects. [CT BOWEN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  5. Brian Davison is chief executive officer of EquiAlt, a Tampa-based real estate investment firm that faces two lawsuits, one from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and another from a half-dozen investors seeking class-action status, in U.S. District Court in Tampa. Equialt bought this Safety Harbor home in a tax deed sale. Times (2015)
  6. Burlington Post, an affordable apartment building for 55 and older residents, opened in 2018. St. Petersburg City Council is looking for ways to pay for more affordable housing. The latest proposal: Charge developers impact fees. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  7. MICHELE MILLER |  Times
The apartment-building boom along the State Road 54 and SR 56 corridor in southern Pasco County has sparked a public debate among Pasco commission members wondering how many is too many when it comes to multifamily housing. On Tuesday, commissioners indicated they will kill the transportation subsidy for new apartment complexes.
  8. Tampa Park Apartments is on property between downtown and Ybor City, at East Scott Street and Nuccio Parkway. [Times (2018)]
  9. The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute purchased 775 acres in central Pasco County for a planned expansion. TIMES [VYCELLIX, A SWEDISH CANCER THERAPY RESEARCH COMPANY, IS SETTING UP ITS U.S. HEADQUARTERS NEAR THE H. LEE MOFFITT CANCER CENTER & RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN TAMPA. (TIMES FILES]
  10. The empty property is home to cattle and egrets, but neighbors fear the new occupants — owners of 218 proposed town homes near Lake Thomas in Land O' Lakes. [C.T. BOWEN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  11. A "for sale" sign beckons Friday along Sixth Avenue N in the Kenwood area of St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  12. The Oaks Estate, a mansion owned by Lazydays RV co-founder Donald Wallace and his wife Erika. The property is a French-Normandy country-style gated manor build on Lake Thonotosassa listed on the market with an asking price of $17.5 million. It includes a main house, 2-story guest house, garage for up to 20 cars, workshop, pool house, gatehouse, horse barn with grazing pasture, indoor and outdoor pools, 2-story boat house, go-cart track, bowling alley and jogging trail pictured on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 in Thonotosassa.  [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]