Major development news along Bayshore and Gandy was just reported by The Tampa Bay Business Journal. The property formerly occupied by Kojak’s BBQ was just purchased by a corporate entity linked to the Casper family, which owns Oxford Exchange, Stovall House and The Library in St. Petersburg. The group paid $4.6 million for the Kojak’s site, according to a report by TBBJ.
Kojak’s left its iconic restaurant back in the summer of 2021 and moved to a new brick-and-mortar in Seffner. The property was marked for demolition to make way for a new slew of townhomes. Sight Development was working on bringing new units to the area, but ran into some issues in regards to removing grand oaks from the property.
“”I think it’ll be pretty evident that we’re meeting the code requirements to show that this property cannot be reasonably developed,” said Michael Mincberg, Principal at Sight Development in an interview with Fox13 back in January 2022. The development firm paid around $2 million for the property back in 2021.
There are no firm plans for the property as of now. The Oxford Commons group has some other major projects on the horizon including Predalina in Water Street Tampa.
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