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Builders break ground for townhomes

The townhomes are just the first phase of the redevelopment project in Hyde Park North.

By MICHAEL CANNING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 29, 2002

LIGHTING UP EDISON: A dilapidated building has given way to redevelopment at the corner of Edison Avenue and Platt Street. The proposed Edison Park and Platt Street Plaza continue the growing trend of redevelopment in Hyde Park North.

Ground broke Monday for the first phase, Edison Park, a collection of eight townhomes on the southwest corner. W.A. Hayward, owner of Apex Builders, says the units will be fashioned in an American Colonial style. Each will have 1,600 square feet, three bedrooms and 21/2 baths, a two-car garage, patio, granite and hardwood surfaces -- and $280,000 price tags.

Hayward says five have sold. Construction should end by spring.

The second phase, Platt Street Plaza, will add condominiums, townhomes and retail shops to the mix. Hayward said work is scheduled to start March 1, and the three-story townhomes will feature two-car garages and rooftop patios with views of downtown. Twenty-six units are planned at 1,350 square feet and $145,000 each.

In addition, at least three more condominiums are also planned for Platt Street Plaza. Hayward said prices haven't been set.

Ground floor retail space with office space above is planned adjacent to the townhomes. Hayward said a real estate office, nail salon, barbershop and bagel shop are among the prospective tenants. Construction should take about five months.

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BYE-BYE BANANA, HELLO? The Banana Republic at Old Hyde Park Village closed a couple weeks ago, several weeks earlier than anticipated. Village general manager Pat Westerhouse she hasn't heard any explanation from Gap Inc., Banana Republic's parent company. Gap Inc. wouldn't return our calls, either.

But Westerhouse says the 7,500-square-foot store won't be vacant for long. She said the Village is "very, very close" to announcing the opening of a men's and women's clothing store that's new to the area.

TURNING BOWSER INTO BIFF: Veronica Smith's new Yuppy Puppy Pet Grooming Salon has the capability. But we'll trust the better angels of your being to guard against over indulgence, dog owners.

Recently opened at 4707 W Gandy Blvd., the salon offers standard pet grooming and the more pup-pampering show grooming, along with teeth cleaning and flea treatments. Cats get the works, too.

Smith says she can do lion hair cuts for kitties. But again we bring up the better angels thing, dear pet owners.

Smith, who runs the business with her mother, Wilma Smith, is the proud owner of a Pomeranian named Copper. She's open Tuesday through Saturday.

DALE MABRY DOCTORS EXPANDING: Things can get too cozy for doctors, even if they're married. So Francisco and Maria Rosario Gomez are building around and over their current office at 302 N Dale Mabry Highway.

The orthopedist (Francisco) and the internist (Maria Rosario) will more than double their current square footage to 10,700. The first phase involves a second story being built. When that's complete in about 90 days, the doctors will move their practices upstairs. That will allow the first story to be rebuilt into professional office space that Francisco Gomez says he wants to lease.

Gomez said he's not limiting possible tenants to one particular type. But he couldn't help but mention that an MRI business would be rather synergistic.

The Gomezes, who have practiced 19 years in Tampa, will remain open through the construction.

DENTISTRY DYNASTY EXPANDING: Periodontist Mark Abdoney's father is a South Tampa orthodontist. So is his brother. And still another brother is a pedodontist in Brandon. "We're all usually looking up each other's mouths when we get together for dinner," Abdoney admits.

Adding to the confusion, but also Dr. Mark's professional elbow room, is his new office taking shape at the southeast corner of Azeele and Habana. He's been sharing office space with his father and brother nearby at 4014 W Estrella St., but in about four months he'll have a building to call his own.

Abdoney Periodontics and Implant Dentistry will boast 2,700 square feet, and elements of French Colonial architecture, project architect Jim Ludwig says.

- Do you know something that should be everybody's business? Call 226-3382, or e-mail


Ceramic menorah

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, starts at sundown tonight. Jewish families around the world light the first of eight candles to commemorate a miracle.

In 138 B.C., the Jews overthrew a Syrian king, and when they rededicated the Temple, they found a tiny jar of undefiled oil, enough for one night. That oil lasted eight nights, so Hanukkah is celebrated for eight nights.

This colorful ceramic menorah caught our eye at the Sisterhood Judaica Shop at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W Swann Ave. It sells for $43. Call 876-2377, ext. 208, for details.

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