Squaremouth Inc., a leading comparison website for travel insurance, relocated their headquarters to City Center in 2011. “After an extensive search of downtown St Petersburg, we chose City Center for the incredible office space and the service we received from the landlord,” stated Chris Harvey, Chief Executive of Squaremouth. “The architect understood exactly what we wanted to achieve .” Mobile workspaces and glass walls encourage employee collaboration and fosters a passion for both Squaremouth and their customers.
The comfort, excitement and collaboration experienced within Kobie’s new space at City Center creates a dynamic and more engaged team. The newly designed and expanded workspace spans nearly 26,000 square feet. This new space fosters creativity, while helping to attract and retain the brightest talent – enabling Kobie’s continued business success according to Michael Hemsey, President of Kobie Marketing.
St. Petersburg: A Visitor’s Paradise & A Resident’s Dream Location
With the recurring and onset snow storms in the Northeast and Midwest, St. Petersburg welcomes more and more tourists seeking refuge from the bone-chilling cold.
More commonly known as the ‘Burg, the city illustrates the idyllic coastal destination with year-round sunshine and some of the country’s best beaches.
Due in part to the unpleasantness of the recent polar vortex in the Northeast and Midwest, St. Pete – with its ideal climate – has seen a rise in tourism that can be credited to strategic advertisements placed in Pinellas County’s top feeder-markets: Chicago, New York and Toronto. Some of the ads read, “Never mind Wall Street. Invest in some sun,” or “We salt margaritas, not sidewalks.”
Thanks to the clever ads of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, business in St. Pete (and Pinellas County overall) is booming and is expected to continue increasing throughout the winter season. In fact, Tony Satterfield, vice president of operations for Alden Suites in St. Pete reported a 25 percent increase in room occupancies compared to the same time last year. On top of that, other beach-front hotels and resorts have already reached full capacity for the next four months.
In the recent past, St. Pete was named an underrated city by EscapeHere, and it should come as no surprise to those who live in the Tampa Bay region. According to EscapeHere:
“Although not as popular as Miami or Tampa, this city is the perfect example of why Florida is called the “Sunshine State.” The warm, clear weather lasts nearly year-round. True to its coastal nature, St. Petersburg has some of the most beautiful beaches in the state. Those in search of culture can also visit the Salvador Dali Museum, which holds the largest collection of his work in the western world.”
Here are some quick facts about the ‘Burg you may not have known!
Driving, St. Petersburg is…
- Five minutes from the Gulf of Mexico Beaches.
- 40 minutes from Bush Gardens.
- 90 minutes from Disney World.
St. Petersburg was awarded the…
- Best community for Young People by America’s Promise.
- Fourth Largest City in Fla., with 224,746 residents.
- Most Beautiful and Understanding Cities and Towns by EscapeHere.com.
- Most Livable Community of the Decade by Partnership for Livable Communities.
- Most Livable Downtown in the Southeast by Southern Development Magazine.
- No. 4 Best U.S. Metro Area in Which to Live by Places Rated Almanac.
St. Petersburg is home to…
- 9,000 businesses.
- An art community that fuels an annual economic impact of more than $23 million.
- The largest Salvador Dali collection in the western world.
- The largest outdoor market in the Southeast.
- The Tampa Bay Rays.
Reprinted from: http://www.tampabay.org/about-us/news-media/partnership-blog/2014-02-06/st-petersburg-visitor%E2%80%99s-paradise-resident%E2%80%99s-dream
Squaremouth has partnered with WFLA News Channel 8 and Storm Team 8 WFLA-TV to bring you the Squaremouth weather cam, overlooking Tampa Bay and the St. Petersburg Pier. Check out the cam online and watch for them on the Channel 8 newscast.
Congratulations to tenant Squaremouth – Inc. Magazine’s 2013 list of fastest-growing privately-held companies in America!
Less than a month after announcing a 26,000 square foot lease with Kobie Marketing, Feldman Equities has executed a 13,800 square foot lease with the GSA (General Services Administration) at City Center St Petersburg.
“When we acquired the property in January of 2011 the building had an effective occupancy of 44%. We’re now over 93% and surging with the recent leasing and renewal activity,” commented Larry Feldman, CEO of Feldman Equities and co-owner of City Center.
Feldman attributes their turn around success to an aggressive pricing program coupled with an extensive renovation program. Given their recent success, the City Center ownership group is setting their sights on achieving 100% occupancy. Ownership is actively pursuing the acquisition of new buildings. Their plan is to purchase under performing assets and invest extensively in new renovations and tenant amenities to attract new tenants.
The GSA will move the technology arm of the Veteran’s Administration from their Bay Pines facility to the City Center office complex in St. Petersburg’s Downtown Central Business District. David Green and Tracy Bibbens with Jones Lang LaSalle brokered the deal.
City Center is owned by a joint venture consisting of affiliates of Second City Capital Partners, Feldman Equities, Inc., and Tower Realty Partners, Inc. . On-site building amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center complete with shower facilities, a full time concierge , Nature’s Table Café, a large conference center capable of seating 65 people with Wi-Fi and audiovisual equipment, on-site banking and a recently renovated six-story parking garage. These amenities are in addition to all of the waterfront retail and dining options located within walking distance. More information can be found on the City Center website www.citycenterstpete.com