Turning blight into a destination

Turning blight into a destination Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist’s “Innovation Destination” plan may be ambitious, even grandiose, but it offers a promising way to revive blighted neighborhoods in Tampa and Hillsborough County. He plans to discuss the proposal at Wednesday’s commission meeting. Some areas within the community development district would be designated for tax…

CRA submits downtown vision plan

 CRA submits downtown vision plan The vision for South Cape is for it to be a community within a community.That includes streets cut out and defined by their look and character and destinations for people to stop and look around with an emphasis on four quadrants around Cape Coral Parkway. That area would be called…

Zephyrhills looks to expand redevelopment efforts

Zephyrhills looks to expand redevelopment efforts ZEPHYRHILLS — City officials have been developing a vision for a thriving community, and on Monday evening, the council took the first step toward bringing those dreams to life. The council gave its initial blessing to an ordinance that would nearly double the size of the Community Redevelopment Area,…

Channel District gets firm footing in downtown Tampa

Channel District gets firm footing in downtown Tampa A few years ago, Mayor Bob Buckhorn said, the Channel District was a ghost town. There were many abandoned warehouses. There was no residential development. The district’s primary function was ancillary use to Tampa’s busy port. Not anymore. Demand grew for residential and commercial development. Creating a…

Updated Information: West Atlantic RFP

Updated Information:West Atlantic RFP New information regarding the RFP for West Atlantic Properties has been uploaded to the CRA website, including Addendum #1 to the RFP. Other information and documents now available including the following: Property appraisal reports Land Surveys Presentation from the March 30th pre-bid meeting Pre-bid meeting attendance Various clarifications Any future updates will…

HUD funds master plan for downtown

HUD funds master plan for downtown TAMPA – Mayor Bob Buckhorn gathered the city’s press corps at City Hall Monday morning to announce the kick-off of a project he said had eluded five mayors before him: developing a long-range vision for downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods. Buckhorn described the plan as “a blueprint for this…

Jacksonville’s Hemming Plaza

Jacksonville’s Hemming Plaza Imagine a park in a city’s downtown that covers one square block. It’s so well regarded that it’s known as the “city’s living room.” There are more than 300 programmed events in the park every year. For some events, as many as 25,000 people come to the park. There are water fountains…