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STAR Center in Largo adds building for 200 workers

Published March 6, 2005

LARGO - Harrod Properties of Tampa has begun construction on a 150,000-square-foot light manufacturing and office building with parking for 250 vehicles at the STAR Center in Largo.

"Construction of this new facility will add an additional 200 employees at the STAR Center, bringing the total employment to a record 1,700 employees," said the center's director Paul Sacco. When finished, the building will increase the high-tech industrial and research park's total space to approximately 952,000 square feet.

In addition to the Harrod project, Pinellas County is extending and widening an access road at the center from one to two lanes. The $440,000 county improvements include construction of a retention pond to support storm water drainage for the new building, Sacco said, and any construction on 8.3 acres of vacant land to the northwest of the project. The STAR Center is at 7887 Bryan Dairy Road.

Market Street Mortgage promotes area manager

Charles Richardson has been promoted to senior vice president and southeast regional manager of Market Street Mortgage. In his new position, he will be responsible for overseeing all Market Street branches in the southeastern United States.

Since joining Market Street in 1990, he has served as regional manager for the Tampa Bay area and also as vice president and branch manager of the West Shore office in Tampa. He previously worked for American Home Funding as vice president and branch manager. He has a degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina.

Established in 1986, Market Street Mortgage is based in Clearwater at 2650 McCormick Drive and is a wholly owned subsidiary of NetBank.

Hannah-Bartoletta to build estate homes in Oldsmar

Hannah-Bartoletta Homes plans to build 47 executive and estate homes in the Estuary of Mobbly Bay gated community on Shore Drive in Oldsmar. Some homes will have views of Old Tampa Bay, others will border ponds or conservation areas.

The homes will have at least 3,500 square feet of living space and pricing will start in the mid-$600,000s and includes the home sites.

The Tampa company was established in 1988 by Mike Bartoletta, a structural engineer, and Charley Hannah, a real estate broker and a former player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Raiders. Last year, the company generated sales of more than $85-million. Its homes sold for an average price of $737,000, including home sites.

Bouchard Insurance hires surety bonding specialist

Mark Pichowski, a certified public accountant, has joined Bouchard Insurance as a commercial lines account executive specializing in surety bonding in the company's construction division. He will assist clients in the company's offices in Clearwater, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Kissimmee.

He is a licensed property and casualty and life and health professional and has an extensive background in corporate tax law and business accounting. Pichowski most recently was with the accounting firm of Pender, Newkirk and Company CPAs and has more than 10 years experience as a certified public accountant and tax manager. A native of Tampa, he is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans.

Based in Clearwater at 101 Starcrest Drive, Bouchard's management team includes J. Raymond Bouchard, president; Richard E. Bouchard, chief executive officer; and Tim Bouchard, chief operating officer.

Double Barrel Surf and Skate opens in Clearwater

Double Barrel Surf and Skate has opened in Clearwater at 1867 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. The store features surf boards, skates, apparel and accessories for surf, skate and skim enthusiasts. The business is owned by Skip Maxwell and Kari and Dan Carpenter.

News of businesses and business people can be faxed to the Business Digest at 445-4119, emailed to or mailed to Business Digest, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. We are interested in new and unusual businesses, promotions, expansions and major new contracts. Photos can be sent, but not all will be used and they cannot be returned.

[Last modified March 6, 2005, 00:14:20]

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