Temple Terrace is putting redevelopment back on its drawing board in a major way.
After years of delay due to a sour economy and a court settlement with a prior developer, plans to redevelop the city’s downtown are on track for a future with real possibilities.
And the city’s efforts are part of a broader vision for the area that includes decisions by the Tampa Innovation Alliance, the University of South Florida, Busch Gardens and the new owners of University Mall. The combined efforts shouldn’t be downplayed, according to Martin Hudson, Temple Terrace’s redevelopment director.
“I can’t stress enough how these efforts are tied together,” Hudson said. “We feel the timing has finally come. We also believe the efforts of the Tampa (Innovation) Alliance are definitely going to have a very positive influence on our downtown efforts. That’s a big deal.”