City of Tampa to Hold Second Community Meeting to Shape Plan for West Tampa Community Redevelopment Area Preliminary draft plan available for community’s review

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The City of Tampa is in the process of creating a new Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) in West Tampa, and will hold the second of two community meetings this Thursday, April 30, 2015.

The meeting will provide the community with the opportunity to give feedback on the preliminary redevelopment plan as well as continue identifying community concerns and other efforts that could improve West Tampa. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, located at 2200 N. Oregon Ave.

“Together, the redevelopment plan will reflect our best efforts on how we can improve the West Tampa community. A CRA for West Tampa will allow us to invest in needed infrastructure, improve our public spaces, and combat blight that will drive economic opportunity for the area,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Right now, as we finalize this plan and prepare to move forward with the creation of the CRA, is when we need the community most engaged.”

At Thursday’s meeting, the community will be able to discuss and give feedback on the preliminary draft of the West Tampa Community Redevelopment Area plan, which is available online at The preliminary redevelopment plan will incorporate input gathered at both community meetings, along with data and recommendations from plans developed over past years.

Once the plan is complete, Tampa City Council would then consider a “Finding of Necessity” to create the CRA, and if approved, will adopt an ordinance officially establishing the West Tampa CRA and a special trust fund to improve the area. The process will occur over the next two months and is expected to be completed by late June 2015.

The boundary of the proposed West Tampa CRA is the Hillsborough River on the east; Armenia Avenue on the west; Columbus Drive on the north; and, Kennedy Boulevard to the south.

West Tampa joins the other existing Community Redevelopment Areas in Tampa: Central Park Village, Channel District, Downtown, Drew Park, East Tampa, Tampa Heights Riverfront, and Ybor City. Each of the CRAs use a portion of property taxes collected within the areas to finance improvements outlined in their respective Community Redevelopment Plans.

For additional information, please contact: 
Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director 
(813) 274-8262