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For condos, better latte than never

By EMILY NIPPS, Times Staff Writer
Published January 11, 2008


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BAYSHORE BOULEVARD - When people began moving into the Parkside of One Bayshore condominiums in 2005, many eagerly awaited some signs of life in the tower's 11,000 square feet of retail space.

Some wondered whether the hollow ground floor would ever be anything but a depressing row of glass windows, a product of the city's failed condo boom.

Finally, after two years, a sign of life: Starbucks is coming to Parkside of One Bayshore.

"We are very excited about this news and what it will bring to the location," said Allison Fogt, spokeswoman for developer Phillips Development & Realty.

"It already has built-in customers in the condos and is ideal for foot traffic and commuters."

The popular coffee shop will open at the Platt Street and Bayshore Boulevard corner sometime in late spring or early summer, Fogt said. It will include outdoor seating and a terrace.

Starbucks will take up 1,800 square feet, and Phillips Development is using 6,000 square feet for its corporate headquarters until more retail shops arrive.

About two-thirds of the 103 units in Parkside, which cost between $450,000 and $2.2-million, are occupied.

Emily Nipps can be reached at nipps@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3431.

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