Sexual assault victim sues apartment complex over lax security

A victim of a sexual assault in an apartment complex near the University of South Florida is suing the apartment’s owners for providing inadequate security.

The woman was a 19-year-old freshman at USF in September 2013 when Charlie Bates terrorized the apartment complex and surrounding area committing four acts of sexual battery against women and tying up four men, the Tampa Tribune said. Bates also took a woman hostage and stole her car before leading police on a high-speed chase where he was shot… Read More

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Tampa ‘West River’ redevelopment kicks off with relocation notices

By Salem Solomon Residents of North Boulevard Homes, a public housing complex in Tampa, have received notices alerting them to expect to move as early as next year.

The complex will be torn down to make way for a redevelopment project that the Tampa Housing Authority calls the creation of the “West River” area, the Tampa Bay Times said.

North Boulevard Homes was built in 1941. Along with the Mary Bethune High Rise Apartments that stand adjacent, it includes about 820 apartments housing about 2,000 people, the Times… Read More

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6 deals that were transformational for downtown Tampa in 2014

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer It was a defining year for downtown Tampa and the neighborhoods that ring the urban core.

Tampa’s city center is seeing the very beginnings of urban vibrancy, and the real estate deals that transpired this year set an exciting stage for 2015.

Here are the deals that have the biggest potential for lasting impact:

Jeff Vinik’s billion-dollar vision: This should go without saying, but this list would be remiss not to include Vinik’s billion-dollar development plan that will build nearly 3 million… Read More

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TBBJ’s most popular stories of 2014

By Jo-Lynn Brown Jeff Vinik, Bubba the Love Sponge, and Publix are some of the subjects included in the top 20 most read stories on the Tampa Bay Business Journal site in 2014.

Here, in ranking order, are the 20 most popular stories of 2014:

1. Jeff Vinik’s plans for downtown Tampa

2. It Works! takes a page from Google’s playbook with new HQ fit for millennials

3. Bubba the Love Sponge out at The Bone

4. Publix: No comment on Whole Foods rumors

5. Bucs slowly revealing team’s new look: today, uniform photos

6.… Read More

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Federal prosecutors close another chapter on troubled condo project The Arbors

By Margie Manning A Miami attorney is at least the fourth person to plead guilty to charges stemming from a troubled real estate project in Carrollwood.

Rashmi Airan-Pace pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire, mail and bank fraud in connection with the purchase of The Arbors, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

The Arbors was an apartment complex at 3939 Ehrlich Road in Tampa that co-conspirators planned to buy and convert to condo units, financing their plan… Read More

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Raymond James, JPMorgan Chase help fund affordable apartments in Largo

By Margie Manning Housing Trust Group has closed on the financing of Whispering Palms Apartments, a $12.4 million, 63-unit affordable housing community in Largo.

Money to build the project came, in part, from the Raymond James Tax Credit Fund, equity raised from the purchase of Florida Housing Finance Corp. low-income housing tax credits, a press release said. JPMorgan Chase and First Housing Development Corp. provided construction and permanent debt, and the Pinellas County HOME Investment Partnership also provided… Read More

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5 things to know about Vinik’s billion-dollar vision (Video)

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer It’s a lot to take in: Nearly 3 million square feet of new commercial development, totaling more than $1 billion in development costs, in downtown Tampa over the next five to seven years.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik unveiled his vision for the land he’s acquired in downtown Tampa on Wednesday. He controls about 40 acres — 30 owned and 10 leased, about 25 of which are part of the development at this point — around Amalie Arena, under his holding company Strategic Property Partners.

Here’s… Read More

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Dream big and take this advice from Russell Wilson’s dad: ‘Why not you?’

By John Nemo I still remember the terror in my heart as I approached a woman with the most beautiful blonde hair and blue eyes I’d ever seen.

For all the talk and false bravado that goes on among young males in locker rooms and elsewhere, I had zero self-confidence when it came to asking out girls. I’d struggled with self-hatred and low self-esteem my entire life, especially around women.

And here, on the dance floor inside a smoky blues bar, just a few months after I’d turned 21 years old, I was approaching… Read More

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​Sneak peek: Vinik previews plans for Hillsborough commissioners

By Ashley Gurbal Kritzer Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik gave the Hillsborough County Commissioners a sneak peek of his billion-dollar development plans Wednesday morning.

“What we’re going to show this morning is a vision plan,” Vinik told the board. “I wouldn’t call it a master plan. This is our vision of what’s going to be in place in five to seven years.”

The full reveal will be made at 11 a.m., but here’s what we know after the commissioners presentation:

3 million square feet of new development 5,000 new parking… Read More

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First Look: The Bourgeois Pig in Seminole Heights, opening Friday

By Eric Snider Lysa and Michael Bozel have developed The Bourgeois Pig restaurant because it never occurred to them that they couldn’t.

“I’m a huge risk taker,” Lysa Bozel said, sitting in the nearly-completed interior of their house-turned-eatery on Nebraska Avenue in Seminole Heights, two miles north of the district’s trendy, if small, restaurant row. The stretch, between Sligh Avenue and Bird Street, is crowded with used car lots, small motels and light industrial businesses, but that doesn’t deter the Bozels.… Read More

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