Tampa Bay Area: Most anticipated development projects in 2017
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"Development is flourishing all over the Tampa Bay area.
Shopping centers, high rises, apartments, renovations and re-builds, and more are popping up from Pasco all the way down to Sarasota.
Development-wise, 2017 holds great promise for local residents as well as for investors considering new projects going forward.
Here are some of the most-anticipated projects that are scheduled for major work and even completion in the Tampa Bay area in the coming year."
The ArtsXchange is listed as number 10 - Click here to read about the other 11 who made the list!
St. Petersburg is cultivating its reputation as an arts destination and place where new artists can thrive. But increasing property values make finding studio space difficult.
That's why in 2014, St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District Association began fundraising for the ArtsXchange, an air-conditioned and affordable studio space for artists of all disciplines.
Soon after, the association bought a compound of six warehouse buildings comprising 50,000 square feet of space to be renovated. The plan is to first build out 11,000 square feet of space for studios and a gallery, but the goal is to use the whole space for studios, galleries, classrooms, a coffee shop and educational microbrewery and restaurant.
"In 2016, we made great strides, raising additional money to build between 20 and 30 studios at the ArtsXchange," says Mary Jane Park, the association's Executive Director. "Through the generosity of private donors and public support from the Florida Legislature and the city of St. Petersburg, we will begin construction in December."
Already, more than 300 artists -- 10 percent of whom live somewhere other than Florida -- have signed up for studio space at the ArtsXchange. The association is currently interviewing those who have applied.
"By May or June, when the studios are complete, we also will have a community gathering space that will be suitable for classes, exhibitions, performances, meetings and other public events," Park says.
The association is also working with Deuces Live on an action plan that will enhance the district and bring more visitors to the area.
"We are in conversation with Pinellas County officials about improvements, such as lighting and landscaping along the Pinellas Trail" Park says. "Our goal is to make the area more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists, especially during St. Petersburg’s monthly Second Saturday ArtWalks."