Feb 16, 2024 - News

Temple Terrace goes to court over retail strip

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The cornerstone of Temple Terrace's downtown revival project is crumbling, the Tampa Beacon reports.

Why it matters: The Fountain Shoppes, a retail strip once expected to boost the city's downtown, is now suffering from poor upkeep and waste management issues that aren't getting any attention.

  • The property has seven code violations β€” and after months of unanswered letters, emails and phone calls, the city is taking its developer to court.

Catch up fast: The Fountain Shoppes features popular businesses like Chase Bank, Starbucks, and Rocking Crab Seafood and Bar.

  • Its developer, Jared Moon, faced many issues while working on the project β€” including COVID-related delays and rising construction costs. "I would not do it again," he tells the Beacon, adding it's "not at all profitable."
  • Per the Beacon, city officials believe Moon's unhappiness is clear from the property's condition: Garbage is "everywhere," and the titular fountain sits out of order, with murky water.
  • There are two liens on the property: one for $100 per day that now totals $12,600 and one for $250 that reached $54,250 in January.

What's next: Moon pleaded not guilty to seven counts of violating city ordinances in December.

  • The case is ongoing. He's cleaned up some of the trash on the property β€” but most of the development's larger issues remain.

The bottom line: The Fountain Shoppes' success is crucial to the city's effort to establish a proper downtown and attract new developers, the Beacon notes.


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