It’s no secret that the outbreak of COVID-19 has caused major disruption to business and the economy, not just in the United States but around the world. As the virus spread across the globe, so did unemployment and a growing sense of unease.
However, while many businesses have been forced to a halt, one sector that’s considered an ‘essential business’, and is continuing as normal in Tampa, is construction. Currently, there’s $13 billion’s worth of new projects that will completely transform the area, so it’s safe to say there’s still plenty of work to be done. The city has even hired an occupational safety and health expert, who will ensure construction is safe and compliant with hygiene best practice through random visits. As the Tampa Bay Business Journal points out, the construction industry in Tampa is “still going vertical”, even considering the current global situation.
Empty roads in Tampa mean the long-awaited Howard Frankland Bridge project is finally able to get fully underway. The Florida Department of Transportation has had plans to upgrade the aging northbound part of the bridge for years, and work can now begin to replace the bridge with six lanes and a shared-use path, which will have a positive effect on traffic once it’s completed.
Water Street Tampa is a $3 billion development that will bring new life to over 50 acres of space in the area and will comprise “more than 9 million square feet of residential, office, retail, educational, hospitality and cultural space”, according to the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council.
This fall, Marriott International’s JW Marriott brand will complete a 26-story hotel, a stone’s throw from the Tampa Convention Center and Amalie Arena, featuring 126,000 square feet of meeting and event space, as well as what will be the highest rooftop bar in the Tampa Bay area.
Westshore City Center nabbed its first big office tenant before the COVID-19 pandemic started, and construction is still going ahead. According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, it’s due to be up and running this August, a good indication that construction companies are working fast to get these various projects completed.
What’s more, Super Bowl LV will be played in Tampa on February 7th 2021, at Raymond James Stadium. In anticipation of the biggest sporting event of the year, there’s a lot of hotel and new accommodations development work happening now.
Because the majority of these projects require highly specialized engineers, project managers and other technical staff, several companies not previously based in the Tampa Bay area are temporarily relocating their employees there until work is completed.
For those looking for flexible, affordable temporary housing for professionals working in the construction business, Ready Stays offers a solution. With fully furnished apartments located extremely close to some of the largest development projects happening right now, our properties are super convenient for those who need a place to live close to their work.
All furnished apartments come with work desks and chairs included, as well as lightning fast Wi-Fi, so if you’re required to work from home, you’ll be able to comfortably, and your productivity won’t be negatively affected.
In light of the current global situation, we’re offering flexible options for shorter stays, and even shorter notice to end clauses, because we understand a lot of things are uncertain right now. We’ve also extended our up to 30% discounted pricing up until June, so construction teams, travelling medical professionals and all others needing temporary furnished accommodations in Tampa Bay can get it for an excellent price.
We know that if you’re being temporarily relocated to Tampa for a construction job during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s probably going to be a strange, perhaps even scary, time. We hope that staying in one of our modern, furnished apartments, with everything you’ll need to make your day-to-day life as smooth as possible, will help to make it all just a little bit easier.