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Feel like a millionaire for $15

By CHRISTINA COSDON
Published October 1, 2006


PALM HARBOR - Wondering what $3.4-million can buy these days? Take a gander at the 6,017-square-foot model home at Blackstone Estates on Lake Tarpon.

The two-story, Mediterranean-style four-bedroom home by Mark Maconi Homes is one of 15 models on the Greater Tampa Bay Luxury Home Tour open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 13-15.

Features of the Blackstone model include a 24-foot-high ceiling in the grand salon, octagonal library and dining room, home theater, waterfall spa and a master suite that takes up one wing of the home and has its own private exercise room.

Two other models on the Pinellas County part of the tour are at Grand Cypress on Lake Tarpon.

Southern Image's 3,921-square-foot, two-story Valencia Grand model is priced at $1.3-million. The two-story, 3,866-square-foot Belize model by Catenac Gulfwynd franchise of Arthur Rutenberg homes is $1.9-million.

Tour tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the tour homes. They are available at CVS pharmacies or online at www.luxuryhometour.net. Other tour sites include FishHawk Ranch and MiraBay in Hillsborough County and Champions' Club and Connerton in Pasco County.

Contractor hired to build fire station, renovate jail

Creative Contractors has been hired to build a $3.4-million fire station for the Palm Harbor Special Fire Control and Rescue District. The 20,000-square-foot, split-level building will replace the existing station and will be at the same location, 250 West Lake Road. The building has been designed by Klar & Klar Architects of Clearwater.

The firm also has been hired for a $3.8-million renovation and addition to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The two-story, 35,000-square-foot project includes a video visitation area, and administration and training space.

The third project is a $2.1-million renovation and one-story addition to the Pinellas County jail kitchen.

Creative Contractors, a commercial construction firm that builds throughout west-central Florida, was established in 1974 by Alan C. Bomstein, the company's chief executive.

Largo Mall Pak Mail adds freight-forwarding

Joe Falanga, owner of the Pak Mail Center in Largo Mall, has added a service to the center's freight and specialty packing, and shipping capabilities. Through Platinum Worldwide Logistics, freight-forwarding solutions are available to customers no matter how large or unusual the shipment.

"We now have access to a network of shipping specialists capable of getting anything anywhere," said Falanga.

Pak Mail, established in 1984, is a specialty packaging, shipping and business-support franchise with more than 400 centers in North America and 95 locations in six countries.

Murray Co. finishes Progress Energy project

The Murray Co. has completed a $3-million Fleet Services/RSO project for Progress Energy, said project manager Chris Wilson. The two-story, 21,630-square-foot building is at Progress Energy's operations center in Clearwater.

The Murray Co. is a design/build general contractor at 15500 Lightwave Drive, Clearwater.

It specializes in industrial and office projects throughout the United States.

Senior Home Care has new chief financial officer

Joel H. Snook, CPA, has joined Senior Home Care as its chief financial officer.

He previously worked as a hospital chief financial officer for such companies as HCA, Healthtrust and Vanguard Health systems.

He is a graduate of Florida State University and a longtime Tampa Bay area resident.

Senior Home Care, at 19345 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, has provided skilled nursing and therapy services for Florida's Medicare population since 1994. It has 22 offices in the state.

Art Attack expands, into a mom-and-pop shop

Christina Rohloff has joined her husband's Art Attack business to work in marketing and graphic design. She most recently was with the city of Largo as a communications specialist.

Doug Rohloff started the business three years ago at 440 Seminole Blvd., Largo. Its services include full-color digital wide-format printing, promotional products, logo design, Web design, silk-screened T-shirts, vinyl lettering on magnets and metal signs, banners and store-front window graphics.

News of businesses and business people can be faxed to the Business Digest at 727 445-4119, e-mailed to cosdon@sptimes.com 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 September 30, 2006, 22:12:11]


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