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Setting up shop downtown

Construction on downtown Tampa’s first Publix Super Market is expected to begin as early as this spring, executives for Tampa real estate developer Mercury Advisors said this week, as early permits were approved. The 37,600-square-foot Publix is expected to open in the fall of 2017 at the corner of E Twiggs Street and N Meridian…


Airport CRA extends sunset date

SEBRING — Successful civic and industrial expansion has spawned some reorganization in both Avon Park and Sebring. Sebring Regional Airport asked for and got an extension of its Community Redevelopment Agency timeline from 2026 to 2045 at Tuesday’s county commission meeting, which should give the CRA time to complete several projects now in the works.…


CRAs: Economic Opportunity Creators – A Message from the Florida Redevelopment Association

On Feb. 3, 2016, the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury filed a report entitled “CRAs: The Good, the Bad and the Questionable.” This misguided report makes inaccurate claims and falsely asserts that the highest priority of Florida’s Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) should be affordable housing. This narrow view of CRAs reduces and mistakes their value and…


Ivanhoe area mulls parking, traffic, gentrification worries as The Yard plans advance

Change is coming to Lake Ivanhoe’s eclectic business district, and merchants are hoping they can keep their identity as a planned August groundbreaking approaches for the mixed-use project that will include apartments, stores and restaurants. What impact the development known as The Yard will have on parking, traffic and overall character of the neighborhood is…