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Tampa Palms shopping center in the works

By MELIA BOWIE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 5, 2003

TAMPA PALMS -- As subdivisions and big box stores went up throughout New Tampa in 2002, largely developed Tampa Palms escaped with a minimum of construction dust.

That may change this year.

Area 3 developer Warren Kinsler, who owns about 45 acres there, is looking to nail down tenant stores for commercially zoned land near the townhomes and 105 single-family homes he began constructing in 2002.

Kinsler wants to build a shopping center, which he has not yet named, north of Lowe's Home Improvement store.

"I'm trying to put together a high-end center if the community will work with us, and I think they will," Kinsler said.

He must first clear a rezoning modification application and a development of regional impact amendment through the city.

Kinsler, who spent much of last year working to land Borders bookstore as a tenant for his proposed center, said the company was asking for curb cuts on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to allow direct access to the 20,000-square-foot store.

The request is set to go before the City Council Feb. 13.

"We have not really seen the full information . . . to justify an additional driveway," city traffic engineer Mahdi Mansour said. "It's still under review."

If all goes according to Kinsler's plans for the project, the Area 3 shopping center would include a national supermarket chain and stores such as Bed, Bath & Beyond and Staples.

-- Melia Bowie can be reached at (813) 269-5312 or at bowie@sptimes.com .

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