Downtown New Port Richey Revitalization Movement Gets A Boost
New Port Richey, Downtown, FL (May 20, 2022) – New Port Richey New Urbanist real estate development company, People Places, LLC., has doubled its workforce and its vision by adding four female team members to the roster. Lia Gallegos, Porshia Helm, Kira Atkinson, and Kacey Atkinson have been recruited by the A-list lineup Bruzenskey Bois, Mocay Green, and Austin Hanson with Frank Starkey leading the group.
Over the past decade, Frank has been putting his architectural and design acumen to good use. New Port Richey residents have been enjoying the fruits of his labor with the completion of The Central on Orange Lake apartments and the 5800 Building on Main Street, and are anxiously awaiting the completion of the Missouri-Grand project.
The People Places team is a diverse group of forward-thinking individuals who’ve been brought on board to expedite new projects that encourage cultural diversity, inclusion, and equity with a renewed emphasis on the design and activation of the public realm.
Porshia Helm is a Florida native, who grew up in Pinellas and comes from a family with a history of real estate investment. Her introduction to People Places was a purely serendipitous encounter with Bruzenskey Bois when her car left her stranded on Main Street. During their ride to the corner gas station, they discovered their mutual interest in Real Estate. Porshia had just recently completed the Bob Hogue School of Real Estate and was searching for an opportunity to launch her new career. She is now working with Brusensky as a Leasing Agent for the Central on Orange Lake.
Kira Atkinson, Kacey Atkinson, and Lia Gallegos are no strangers to New Urbanism and local redevelopment efforts in New Port Richey. Frank contracted the trio in 2015, then operating under Rock the Boat Productions, to assist with his early projects in New Port Richey. They have been active advocates for revitalization in the historic City since the three first met when serving on the City’s Cultural Affairs Committee in 2011 and have been instrumental in helping to change the narrative of their hometown over the past 10 years. They have now joined the People Places team as Project Coordinators with a focus on Community, Commercial, and Residential activation.
One of the first orders of business was to revive the popular town-hall-style community conversation series, Talk About Town. This round of Talks focuses on educating attendees on New Urbanist principles such as walkable cities, design and place-making, and why they matter. New Port Richey visitors and residents can look forward to the launch of a new community meeting & educational facility on Main Street in the near future, and will also see major changes to the Missouri-Grand Building over the remainder of 2022.
For more information and team member bios please visit http://www.people-places.com and follow People Places LLC on Facebook and Instagram.
ABOUT PEOPLE PLACES, LLC
People Places is a New Urbanist Real Estate development company founded by Frank Starkey in 2013 to create vibrant, people-oriented residential and retail places in walkable settings.
We believe that a society of connected people is better than a society of separated individuals and actively seek projects that encourage cultural diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Our work is currently centered on the revitalization of Downtown New Port Richey, Florida, a charming town founded in the early 20th Century. We do this through education, the activation of public spaces, and projects that have the greatest potential to improve the community and create places for people to connect.
Frank Starkey holds undergraduate and professional degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from Rice University, is a board member for CNU (Congress for the New Urbanism) and Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco. He leads a team of passionate, dedicated professionals who are committed to community revitalization.
The People Places office is located at 5742 Main Street in historic downtown New Port Richey, Florida. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.