“The White Queen of the Gulf”

The Belleview Biltmore Hotel was built near the Gulf in northern Pinellas County in 1897 by railroad tycoon Henry Plant, one of a string of palaces linked to northern visitors by his railroad. Post-Plant, the hotel endured an evolving tourism market and a parade of owners. None were able to make the hotel a viable…

City of New Port Richey Community Plan Update – RFQ

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of New Port Richey, Florida will receive Proposal Statements for updating and amending the New Port Richey Community Redevelopment Plan (CRP) in consideration of changes in market and other conditions in the designated redevelopment area since the CRP’s adoption in 2001 and current community aspirations for the redevelopment area. The…

Chipley CRA ends Steering Committee Meetings, Moves to Surveys

Meeting Jan. 10th at the Wausau Town Hall Florida League of Cities representative Mark Sitting presented former Council member and Mayor Roger Dale Hagan a plaque commemorating Hagan’s 25 years of service as a Wausau council member. Following the presentation, Judge Colby Peel swore in re-elected council member B. J. Phillips and newly elected council members  Marlene Blount and Kerry Collins. The…

Former Escambia County School District Key for Downtown Redevelopment

Months after the initial steps were taken to convert a defunct multi-parcel property in downtown Pensacola into a viable structure, the site’s owner and prospective buyer await further environmental remediation of the land before its redevelopment can push forward. The additional cleanup delays the site’s use, but the property could eventually play an integral role in transforming the west side of…

Bradenton – Work on Downtown Streetscaping Project Could Begin in Spring

The Bradenton City Council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, released a request for qualifications on Wednesday that moves a downtown streetscaping project forward. Conversations about upgrading the appearance of the Old Main Street corridor, which also includes 11th and 13th streets west, began last summer. Bradenton Downtown Development Authority board member Mike Carter said…