Downtown Residential Community
trends in and around Tampa’s Central Business District indicate the
city’s downtown core is poised for residential development. Harbour
Island, Hyde Park and Davis Islands are established neighborhoods and
the Channel District, Tampa Heights and Ybor City are emerging as
viable, stable neighborhoods.
The large master-planned communities of “The Heights” and “Central Park
Village” have been approved for zoning and are in the planning stages.
Amidst all of this new development activity, the Central Business
District has begun to attract interest for residential development.
Recently 1,500 residential units have been completed or are under
construction and over 4,600 units have received zoning approval. Many of
these projects have commercial space for retail and restaurants,
creating a vibrant environment to enhance downtown residential life and
generating a destination attraction for the entire city.
This strategic focus area sets the stage for downtown as the focal point
of a larger “central city” neighborhood comprised of Tampa’s downtown
core and the surrounding residential communities. It seeks to promote
residential development in the North Franklin Street area while
supporting links to the nearby established and emerging residential
areas. Strategies that create an environment to encourage and stimulate
private investment in downtown Tampa such as development incentives and
public/ private partnerships will be pursued to promote continued
Safety and security is an important element of a successful residential
community, and a downtown public safety plan will be implemented to help
ensure a safe, stable environment for both residents and visitors.
Building upon such assets as the Cultural Arts District, Franklin Street
and the waterfront, the city will strive to create an environment where
people will want to live. The construction of the Tampa Museum of Art,
the Children’s Museum, and the Riverwalk will add to these amenities.
Attractive streetscape, parks and open spaces, public art and pedestrian
lighting will also be pursued in an effort to enhance the downtown
Transportation including connectivity and links plays a critical role in
promoting downtown as a residential community. Because the Central
Business District, downtown Tampa, is also the city’s principal
financial, economic and government center, transportation strategies
must be examined from multiple perspectives. Updating the downtown
transportation plan will provide an opportunity to examine street
alignment, traffic flow, parking and pedestrian movement, and will lead
to a heightened focus on public transportation alternatives. Specific
attention will be directed to improving the design, function and
appearance of the key gateways into downtown: Kennedy Boulevard, Ashley
Street and Nebraska Avenue.