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Prolific tampa developer goes west

By Times Staff
Published June 4, 2007


Prolific tampa developer goes west

He's developed thousands of homes in neighborhoods such as Tampa Palms, FishHawk Ranch and MiraBay. And now Don Whyte, above, resident of Newland Communities Southeast, is leaving for Salt Lake City. On July 1, Whyte becomes president of Kennecott Land Co., developing a 92, 000-acre megasuburb in Utah. Kennecott is a branch of the mining company of the same name. The Canadian-born Whyte, 53, has developed in Tampa for 20 years. Recent projects, including FishHawk, highlight natural preservation. Newland hasn't named Whyte's successor as it embarks on new projects such as Pasco County's Bexley Ranch. "I'm going to watch really carefully what happens in Tampa and be cheering the success of the people here, " Whyte said.

Reinvestment coalition chats

The Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition is meeting today and Tuesday in Tampa at the Sheraton, 200 N Ashley Drive. Among the highlights: a panel discussion that includes the director of the Florida War on Poverty, a session on capital and financial tools for small businesses, and roundtables on HIV and one of the hottest topics of the day, subprime lending. The Tampa coalition aims to attract investments for health, education, homeownership, jobs and minority entrepreneurship to low-income and minority communities. Its Web site is www.fmcrc.org.

Condo offers you an art of a deal

Buy a condo, get a Chihuly. That's the incentive The Arts condo project is offering buyers in the downtown St. Petersburg development. Buyers will be able to choose among a half dozen designs created by glass artist Dale Chihuly, who will have an exhibit of his works next door to The Arts tower. Of course, it's not exactly an even trade. The Chihuly pieces are valued at $8, 000 to $10, 000, while the avail- able condos start at $272, 500 and climb to more than $1.2-million.