Tampa’s Skyline, Waterfront Are Ripe For New Look

TAMPA, FL – Commit Tampa’s existing waterfront district to memory while you can.

In a few years, the skyline of the Water Street Tampa neighborhood will look completely different.

One of the largest downtown real estate developments in the United States, the Water Street Tampa redevelopment project is well underway.

When fully built out, it will include more than nine million square feet of commercial, residential, hospitality, educational, entertainment, cultural and retail space.

The 55-acre multi-use redevelopment plan for the downtown waterfront district is the vision of Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik...

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Fleetwood Mac bringing tour to Tampa

Announcing a North Amaerican tour, Fleetwood Mac plans to embark on a 50-plus city tour that will kick off in October and last through next spring. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Legendary veteran rock band Fleetwood Mac is coming to Tampa.

Fleetwood Mac to perform in Tampa Show scheduled for Amalie Arena on Feb. 18, 2019

Announcing a North Amaerican tour, Fleetwood Mac plans to embark on a 50-plus city tour that will kick off in October and last through next spring.

The tour is coming to Tampa’s Amalie Arena on February 18, 2019 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the tour will go on-sale to the general public starting on Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. For further information, please visit www.fleetwoodmac.com.

Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature the newly announced line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John Mc...

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You Paid For It: Hundreds wait for long overdue $26 million Tampa public housing project

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Plagued by crooked contractors, botched construction and even the weather, the much ballyhooed Tempo residential tower in the “Crown Jewel” Encore development has become the Tampa Housing Authority’s biggest boondoggle.

And it’s not over yet.

That’s a problem because there are 407 people on the wait list to move into the Tempo’s 203 units.

Of those units, 142 are dedicated to tenants in need of assisted-housing subsidies. Altogether, there are nearly 8,000 people on the THA’s citywide waitlist in need of affordable housing in Tampa.

The THA insists that its Tempo project partner Bank of America is now covering millions in cost overruns, not taxpayers, but the project still amounts to a useless asset without any rental income stream funded by $26 million t...

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Tampa’s oldest wooden cigar factory opening as Ybor City apartments

TAMPA — Interior walls are still being painted, scaffolding surrounds the exterior, and some amenities await installation, but restoration of Tampa’s oldest wooden cigar factory and its conversion into an apartment building is nearly complete.

“Just the finishing touches now,” said Ariel Quintela, who along with business partner Darryl Shaw is the developer.

On May 1, after over three years of construction, the 32,000-square-foot, three-story structure built in the late-1800s at what is now Palm Avenue and 19th Street will open as the Angel Oliva Sr. Apartments.

The finished apartment complex will be as historically accurate as possible, Quintela said.

“We wanted to use as much as the actual material of the building as we could. When we couldn’t, we made it look real.”

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Could virtual reality change Miami’s real estate industry? | Miami Herald

To most people, virtual reality is synonymous with a cool but unessential toy — the domain of video games, sci-fi movies and pop entertainments such as “Ready Player One.”

But as virtual reality matures and improves, a growing number of industries is finding creative uses for the technology. According to Entrepreneur, Walmart uses VR to train its salespeople. A 12-month study by Duke University found VR can help paraplegics with chronic spinal cord injury to restore locomotion. According to Endgadget, long lines of people waited to test drive new cars by Chevrolet, Ford and Honda at the 2018 North American International Auto Show using VR headseats. Royal Caribbean Cruises has designed some of their ships entirely on virtual reality.

Now the real estate industry is joining the VR cra...

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Bodycam video sheds new light on a controversial arrest

Police in Fort Worth, Texas, released bodycam footage from a controversial arrest that took place on March 31, 2018. Initial video recorded by a bystander during the arrest appeared to show a police officer punching and kneeing Forrest Curry, 35, while Curry was pinned to the ground.

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Loyola’s loss proved no one is safe from the Crying Jordan meme

Loyola-Chicago’s magical NCAA tournament run came to and end Saturday evening in Chicago, as Moe Wagner and Michigan overturned a 10-point deficit to win going away, 69-57. In doing so, Michigan became the first team to reach the national championship game without facing a top-5 seed.

Loyola won the hearts of fans nationwide, and the team’s 98-year-old chaplain Sister Jean became an internet phenomenon over the course of March Madness. Sister Jean was a frequent target of TV cameras Saturday, but she left the court late in the second half after Michigan had taken the lead (though she returned to greet players after the game ended.)

Because Twitter is Twitter, even Sister Jean’s heartbreak was reduced to a Crying Jordan meme.

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Rambler from ’49 team loving Loyola’s run

CHICAGO — Sister Jean may have most of the Loyola’s spotlight during the team’s road to the Final Four.

But there’s someone far less famous but certainly as passionate about the Ramblers.

Norman Buxbaum, 88, played on the 1949 Ramblers’ NIT team when that tournament was the most prestigious in the country.

After upsetting Cincinnati, Kentucky and Bradley, they lost to the University of San Francisco by 1 point.

Say hello to 88-yr-old Norman Buxbaum who played on the 1949 NIT team that lost by 1 point to USF. He’s as sharp as can be and a real Chicago treasure just like #Sr.Jean More at 6 pm on #WGNNEWS #LoyolaRamblers #whatAguy! pic.twitter.com/679CGcGogB

— Patrick Elwood (@patrickelwood) March 26, 2018

Norman played guard and forward for the Ramblers after graduating from Cran...

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HFF Announces $110.5M Sale of and $76M Financing for 900-unit Apartment Community in Bradenton, Florida

TAMPA, FL – Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announces the $110.5 million sale of and $76 million acquisition financing for Carlton Arms of Bradenton, a 900-unit, garden-style apartment community in Bradenton, Florida.

The HFF team marketed the property on behalf of the seller, a joint venture between The Mahaffey Apartment Company and Brighthouse Life Insurance Company. MetLife Investment Management advised Brighthouse on this investment. FLF Holdings purchased the offering free and clear of existing debt.

Additionally, HFF worked on behalf of the new owner to secure the 10-year, fixed-rate loan through Freddie Mac’s CME Program. The securitized loan will be serviced by HFF, a Freddie Mac Multifamily Approved Seller/Servicer for Conventional Loans.

Built in 1980, Carlton Arms of B...

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Engineer Reported Cracks on Miami Bridge Days Before Collapse

Two days before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in Miami, killing at least six people, one of the project engineers called a Florida transportation official to report cracks in the structure.

The official didn’t hear that call until after the bridge collapsed.

The Florida Department of Transportation released on Friday a transcript of a Tuesday voice-mail message from an engineer with FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc., the Tallahassee, Fla., company that designed the bridge for Florida International University over an eight-lane road.

“Calling to, uh, share with you some information about the FIU pedestrian bridge and some cracking that’s been observed on the north end of the span,” the engineer said, according to a transcript of the call...

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