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Coats of many colors soon to be applied to Shell Point Road project

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image Steve and Jill Robins of Apollo Beach bought this “Old Florida style” wood frame building on W. Shell Point Road six months ago and are planning a village-style retail and professional center in and around it.

Robins plans to make the building and the outside area around it a “village square” type area in Caribbean (some call Key West) style.

By Penny Fletcher

RUSKIN -- “It takes a village” is the concept Steve and Jill Robins hope will catch on when their new project becomes a reality.

The Ruskin couple has lived in the area since 1995, coming from California by way of Louisville, Ky.

About three months ago they purchased the yellow and white old Florida style wood building just west of Ted’s Auto Center which is on the corner of Shell Point Road and U.S. 41.

Although the building looks historic, it has not been designated as such, and has served as a home, an art studio, and most recently a restaurant.

Vacant and badly in need of repairs, for a long time it sat like a lonely spinster waiting for someone’s attention.

The Robins plan to give it a lot of attention. In fact, they’ve already begun.

A new seamless metal Galvalume roof is almost finished and the next step will be outside scraping and painting, Steve Robins said.

Robins plans to make the building and the outside area around it a “village square” type area in Caribbean (some call Key West) style.

“There are lots of different configurations we can do inside, depending on who leases space,” he said. “Each business will be a different color outside, so that there may be eight or nine colors.”

On a first-come first-served basis, Robins plans to carve out business spaces within the building for retail and professional space.

“For example, there are four or five rooms that were used as a restaurant, which could be used as individual professional offices,” he said.

But the idea of having a restaurant is not out. If there is an established restaurant interested in moving there, Robins said he would consider it.

He is also entertaining the idea of a fish market, and plans to move his boat canvas business there as well.

“But I would like to see it as basically general retail and some professional space,” he said.

What he does not want is turn-over.

“We’re going to put a lot into the general design and configuration so we don’t want to see start-ups that go under quickly” he said.

In keeping with the Caribbean style of the outside of the building, Robins plans to have crushed shell for most of the parking, especially where the large palm trees are, and very little asphalt.

He will also replace the large awning and integrate it into the multi-colored scheme.

Robins said he plans to have the outside of the building finished by the end of September so that potential tenants will want to come inside and see how their spaces could be configured.

To find out more about this project or take a look inside, call Robins at 813-943-5333.
 

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