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Westshore District: 2018 By the Numbers
Happy New Year, and thank you for your support in 2018! It was another successful year for the Westshore Alliance as several projects and programs were implemented to advance our mission of promoting, shaping future growth and fostering economic prosperity of the Westshore District. Additionally, it was an exciting year in Westshore with new development underway, grand openings, and big announcements. 

Current Hotel
FloridAlarm Company
Little Donut House
Operation Helping Hand, Inc.
Pedal Power Promoters, LLC
Profile by Sanford Tampa
Robert Half
Sleep Number
Swales and Co. Public Relations
TLC Medical

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Thank you to the following companies that have recently renewed their Alliance membership.

20+ Years
Cushman & Wakefield of Florida, Inc.
HDR, Inc.
Lincks & Associates, Inc.

15 - 19 Years
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Tampa Bay
Home Depot (The)
Palestra Financial
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel

10 - 14 Years
Avison Young - Tampa
Florida Blue
Neighborhood Lending Partners
Office Furniture Center
5 - 9 Years
Continental Wholesale Diamonds, LLC
New York Yankees
Primrose School of South Tampa
Reilly Fisher & Solomon, PA
Trenam Law

1 - 4 Years
AC Hotel Tampa Airport
CI Group
Csenge Advisory Group
Del Frisco's Grille
Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz, PL
Heartbeat International Foundation
Jersey Mike's
Michael Baker International, Inc.
Physician Business Services, LLC/ Women's Care Florida, LLC
Regions Bank
Synovus Bank
The Reserves Network

Please support these businesses who support 
the vital work of the Westshore Alliance.
WestShore Plaza owner Washington Prime Group is asking the City of Tampa to rezone the property to make way for a massive redevelopment on the northeast corner of the property. Redevelopment plans include the Sears store and surface parking that stretches from south of Gray Street almost to Kennedy Boulevard. The total property will include 895,000 square feet of retail, which includes both street-level storefronts in the new buildings, a grocer and the existing mall. The following is a breakdown of proposed plans:
  • 200,000 square feet of office
  • 120,000 square feet of medical office
  • 1,126 multifamily residential dwelling units - including both condominiums and apartments in mid-rise and high-rise buildings
  • 240 hotel rooms
A hearing on the rezoning request is set for April 11. MORE
Morphe, one of the fastest growing makeup brands in America, opened its first Florida location at International Plaza last month. Hundreds attended the cosmetics brand's grand opening, hoping to meet celebrity guest and YouTube sensation Jaclyn Hill. MORE
Profile by Sanford, the comprehensive lifestyle change service developed by Sanford Health, opened its first Tampa Bay area location last month at 128 S. West Shore Blvd., Suite C.
Construction is underway for the new AAA Car Care Plus center at 1701 N. West Shore Blvd. on the site of the former Brides by Demetrios store. The new 16,830-square-foot retail facility will provide auto repairs and servicing with supporting business offices for retail, travel, insurance services and tax office.

Keating Resources sold Westshore Logistics Center for $16.3 million to Atlanta-based Equitable Real Estate Partners for more than three times what the group paid for it in 2017. The site is located near Tampa International Airport and includes four buildings totaling 140,000 square feet of industrial space. The property is 100 percent leased to several tenants, including XPO Logistics, Baystone Tile, Vitamin Discount Center, CAE, Mancini Cos. and Shriner Hospitals. MORE
Insurance brokerage firm Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners (BKS) has doubled its office space in Westshore, taking more than 60,000 square feet for two floors at Corporate Center II. Franklin Street represented the company in the transaction. MORE
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. landed a deal with T ampa International Airport for site development of the 35-acre SkyCenter project for infrastructure to support the future office tower, commercial real estate development, an atrium with a roof terrace and pedestrian bridge connecting the Rental Car Center to the office building, and extension of the Rental Car Center's commercial curb to accommodate expanding bus operations.

At full build out, there would be a hotel, an office building, an option for a second building, and connections to regional trail networks. Start date for the project is this month with the majority of the completion being done by May 2020.  MORE
Westshore transportation plans took off in 2018
2018 was the Year of Transportation for the Westshore Alliance. From the opening of Tampa International Airport's SkyConnect to the Westshore Transportation Action Plan, all modes of transportation in Westshore were improved last year. For a recap, check out our Transportation Year in Review.
If you're an Alliance member and want to join our efforts to advocate for transportation improvements in Westshore and across Tampa Bay, join our Transportation Committee. The committee's first meeting was on January 9, but membership is open to members all year. Contact Michael Maurino for more information.
Westshore Interchange gains support as regional priority
The Westshore Interchange is a transportation bottleneck and should be a regional priority. That was the message delivered by the Alliance, other business groups, and FDOT to elected officials in December. The Hillsborough MPO, HART, and TBARTA communicated their support for rebuilding the interchange following statements of support from the business community.
FDOT District 7 Secretary David Gwynn presented an update on the Westshore Interchange and interim improvements at the Alliance's January Transportation Committee meeting. View the full presentation.

Rebuilding the interchange adds capacity to the interstate corridor and reconnects three local streets. The effect is a more efficient interstate and street network that serves drivers, pedestrians, and transit users. Visit FDOT's Westshore Interchange project page for more information.
More than 60 pedestrian projects featured in Westshore Alliance Action Plan
Bicycle boulevards, trails, sidewalks, and linear parks are topping the list of transportation priorities included in Westshore Alliance's newly published Transportation Action Plan. More than 100 transportation improvements that Westshore residents and businesses will need in the next 25 years are identified in the plan. Pedestrian improvements throughout Westshore account for more than 60% of these projects. MORE
FDOT District 7 Work Program released
Several Westshore projects are included in the FDOT District 7 Work Program that was released in December. The tentative 2020-2024 work program is the 5-year plan for funding FDOT projects. Projects in the first year (2019/20) include new traffic signals, starting the new Howard Frankland Bridge, and projects at Tampa International Airport. Construction on improvements to Interstate 275 and State Road 60 / Veterans Expressway will begin in 2019.
Bike Share Program at Rocky Point
Employees of Island Center, Rocky Point Centre and Waterford Plaza have a new bike share option thanks to Parmenter and Zagster. Tenant employees can download the bike share app to become a member and check out a bike at one of the Zagster stations located at their office building. Details here.

Westshore and Alliance members in the news:
Be  part of the inspiring new Autism United Community Center and collaborative space in Westshore by becoming an Autism Employment-Ready Partner, Sponsor or Mentor. Proceeds support Autism Shifts, a 501(c)3 whose mission is to shift the outcome for those touched by Autism by enabling employment and community integration. MORE
World-class shopping, professional sporting events, live jazz, brewery tours and art exhibits are just a few ways to experience Tampa's vibrant Westshore District. 

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