New Leases with McQueen Siddall & Squaremouth!

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Tampa Bay office buildings add perks, in part to attract millennials

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Squaremouth – TBBJ Coolest Office Space

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.

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Kobie Marketing – TBBJ Coolest Office Space

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.

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We love Kobie Marketing’s new space!

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St. Pete – A Great Place For Business!!

St. Petersburg: A Visitor’s Paradise & A Resident’s Dream Location

   Feb 06, 2014

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

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Downtown St. Pete is the Place to Be!

St. Pete gaining global fame as hip destinationST. PETERSBURG -The vibe has changed in this city once mocked as “God’s waiting room,” and the world is taking notice. “Miami has a rival for the finer things,” read the headline in a travel review last week by the British newspaper, The Independent. St. Petersburg, Fla. – not Russia – made The New York Times list of 52 destinations in the world to see in 2014, ranking the city among exotic and famed urban centers such as Dubai and Athens. A hip craft beer scene, trendy steakhouse in a renovated 1920s-era YWCA and, of course, a world-class collection of Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí’s works were among the top reasons for a visit. “The Sunshine City” has reinvented its reputation, according to the Times. Sarah and Raphael Perrier saw it coming. Back in 2008, months after they opened Kahwa Coffee beneath a new condominium, Raphael told The New York Times that Miami and Paris were “done,” but “St. Pete is wide open.” In the past six years, the couple has witnessed a transformation in a city that once virtually closed by dusk. Once-empty sidewalks on Beach Drive are filled with foreign tourists dining at outdoor tables and formerly vacant storefronts on Central Avenue house art galleries and vintage home-furnishings dealers. “To see the change in the whole area, the whole downtown like that, it was really fast,” said Raphael Perrier, who has expanded Kahwa to six locations across the Tampa Bay area. “I think that it’s going to be pretty amazing in the next 10 years. We’re far from being done.” Developers agree. In the next year, 1,100 new apartment units will be finished downtown, nearly half of the total 2,900 that have gone up since 2000. Downtown’s momentum reflects a shift across the United States. Young, college-educated adults are departing the suburbs for once-abandoned urban cores. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of college-educated adults age 25 to 34 living within three miles of a central business district increased by 26 percent in the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas, double the growth rate in outlying areas, according to a 2013 report by the Brookings Institute. They’re looking for restaurants, shops, cultural and educational institutions and a vibrant street life. They prefer historic urban neighborhoods. They want to walk everywhere they can. St. Petersburg’s founders laid out many of these favorable amenities a century ago: the wide sidewalks on grid streets, artful Mediterranean revival office buildings and hotels, brick-street neighborhoods skirting downtown, and miles of publicly-owned green parks along the water, free of towering condos. A migration of younger professionals and entrepreneurs in the past decade, joined with the existing condo-dwelling retirees, has brought back the restaurants and street life. “We are just reflective of what’s happened in the country where people want to be in a livable downtown,” said St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Chris Steinocher.

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Squaremouth’s Weather Cam Shows Off the Building’s Incredible Views!

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.

http://www.wfla.com/category/271361/weather-cams-squaremouth-st-petersburg

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Squaremouth Honored on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies!

Congratulations to tenant Squaremouth – Inc. Magazine’s 2013 list of fastest-growing privately-held companies in America!

Squaremouth Honored on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 List of Fastest-Growing CompaniesSquaremouth, a website that compares travel insurance products from every major US travel insurance provider, was recently honored as part of Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in America. Coming in at number 2,321, Squaremouth has grown 157% over the past three years. Company Profile 3-Year Growth: 157% 2012 Revenue: $2.7 million 2009 Revenue: $1.1 million Employees: 14 Jobs Added Over Previous 3 Years: 10 Founded: 2006 Location: St. Petersburg, FL 2013 Honors Squaremouth also ranked number 20 out of 100 on Inc.’s Top 100 Insurance Companies list and number 25 on the list of the Tampa Metro Area ‘s fastest growing companies. See Inc.’s full list of America’s fastest-growing companies here.

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GSA Signs 13,800 Square Foot Lease

City Center St Petersburg Reaches 93.3% Occupancy with 13,800 Square Foot GSA Lease
City Center ownership group setting sights on achieving 100% occupancy and is actively pursuing new acquisitions

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

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