By RON MATUS and SUSAN THURSTON
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 20, 2002
Clothing store to open in Hyde Park Village
HYDE PARK -- MaxwellMack, a men's and women's clothing store, is opening in the old Banana Republic store in Hyde Park Village.
The store will feature clothing, accessories, shoes and cosmetics. The owners started work on the space this week and plan to open in the spring.
Mack Carneal of Tampa and Dan Maxwell of Sarasota will own and operate it. Both have experience in retail, said village spokeswoman Heather LaBrecque.
Council makes way for townhouse project
PORT TAMPA -- City Council approved a zoning change Dec. 12 that will pave the way for yet another townhouse project.
Land owner Sharon Thomas and developer Rairigh Construction want to build 35 townhomes on 1.8 acres on Prescott Street, just west of West Shore Boulevard.
The change from industrial to residential was supported by the Port Tampa Civic Association.
Neighbors had raised concerns about tree removal and stormwater, but the developers agreed to cut fewer trees and build smaller driveways.
Assuming the developer secures permits from the city and Southwest Florida Water Management District, construction could begin by summer.
Two other major townhouse projects in Port Tampa are under way.
Library closes while it is painted
PORT TAMPA -- The Port Tampa City Library, 4902 Commerce St., will be closed until Dec. 30 while crews fix peeling paint on the ceiling.
The library closed for repairs Dec. 16. Officials picked those dates because Christmas traditionally is the library's slowest time of the year. All materials checked out from the library between Nov. 18 and Dec. 14 are due Jan. 6.
The library opened in 1998 in the old Commerce Bank building, which dates to 1926. Employees inspect it on a regular basis and noticed the paint was starting to curl in some areas.
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