Kelly, who serves as Regional Managing Partner for Franklin Street’s Tampa office, has played a significant role in the Westshore District’s growth throughout his career
TAMPA, FL (March 1, 2021) – Franklin Street is pleased to announce its own Patrick Kelly has been appointed President of the Board of Directors for Westshore Alliance, an organization of business and community leaders that promotes and fosters the growth and prosperity of Tampa’s Westshore District.
Kelly is a founding member of the Westshore Alliance, previously called the Westshore Development Association, which was established in 1983. Today, the membership-based nonprofit focuses on strategic initiatives, from beautification to transportation, to ensure that the district continues to grow and flourish.
“Westshore has experienced incredible growth over the years, going from an office district to what is now a nationally known hub for high-quality retail, dining, entertainment and hospitality, as well as an increasingly popular place to live,” said Kelly. “The Westshore Alliance has had an immeasurable impact on the area over the years and it’s an honor to be in the position to help this organization continue its great work.”
Westshore, Tampa Bay’s largest office market, is home to over 4,000 businesses employing over 102,000 people. In recent years, the district has transformed into the center of activity not only within Tampa Bay, but on Florida’s entire West Coast. In addition to 12.75 million square feet of office space, Westshore now has over 250 restaurants, 350 retail stores, 7,000 hotels rooms and 15,000 residents. With more than 25 new development projects underway, private investment in Westshore currently exceeds $1 billion.
“Over the next year, we look forward to working on several initiatives to enhance the Westshore experience for everyone who works, lives and spends a day here,” Kelly added. “Just a few of our focuses will include improving connectivity and walkability throughout the district and advocating for better transportation infrastructure.”
Kelly brings over 40 years in commercial real estate and deep roots in the Tampa market to his role as President. Through his work in capital markets, development and brokerage, he has been involved in many of the Westshore District’s most prominent office and mixed-use projects, including Cypress Commons, Waterford Plaza, Lincoln Center and Westshore City Center. He has also held several other key leadership and committee roles with the Westshore Alliance’s Board of Directors over the years, most recently serving as Vice President.
“Patrick has had a front row seat to witness tremendous change in the District over the years,” said Ann Kulig, Executive Director of the Westshore Alliance. “As exciting new developments open this year – Midtown Tampa, SkyCenter at the airport, and additional projects move through the pipeline – Westshore is poised for continued, thoughtful growth. We look forward to Pat’s leadership as we work to establish private and public partnerships to improve public spaces and connectivity in the District.”
As Regional Managing Partner with Franklin Street, Kelly provides strategic guidance and oversight for the firm’s investment sales, capital advisory, insurance, property management, project management, and tenant and landlord representation services throughout Tampa Bay. He also provides leadership for the firm’s services in the office and industrial space.
Prior to Franklin Street, Kelly served as president for Redstone Commercial, a regional real estate brokerage and development firm. He has also been the Florida regional partner for The Vantage Companies, one of the country’s largest developers. In 2014, he was inducted into the NAIOP Tampa Bay’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his significant contributions to commercial real estate and the Tampa region.
Franklin Street’s Andrew Wright, CEO & Managing Partner, is also highly involved with the Westshore Alliance and has been selected to serve on the organization’s Executive Committee for 2021.
About Westshore Alliance:
The Westshore Alliance is a membership-based organization of business and community leaders recognized as the voice of Tampa’s Westshore District. Founded in 1983, the not-for-profit organization has a 37-year track record of getting things done, including significant progress in the areas of transportation, urban development, district marketing, public safety, education and connecting our community. With more than 400 member businesses and scores of volunteers, the Alliance’s mission is to promote, shape future growth and foster economic prosperity of the Westshore District. More at www.westshorealliance.org.
About Franklin Street:
Founded in 2006 during one of the toughest real estate climates, Franklin Street focused on delivering value-added solutions to meet the evolving needs of clients. Through a collaborative philosophy of leveraging the resources, expertise and experience of each of its lines of business, Franklin Street has grown to include seven business divisions – Investment Sales, Tenant and Landlord Representation, Capital Advisory, Insurance, Property Management and Project Management. With more than $5 billion in transaction value across all major product types, Franklin Street offers unmatched value and optimal solutions for clients nationwide. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the company has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Atlanta. Learn more about Franklin Street at FranklinSt.com.
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