City of Tampa Holds Community Meetings to Shape Plan for West Tampa Community Redevelopment Area

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The City of Tampa is beginning the process to create a new Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) in West Tampa, and will hold two community meetings. Input and feedback gathered at the meetings will to shape and determine the redevelopment plan for the area.

“The City is ready to invest significantly into the West Tampa community, remaking parks and public spaces. By creating a CRA, we can make sure that the new tax revenue generated by our investments and those of the private sector continue to pay off for the neighborhood,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “The community has been involved in the planning process throughout, and we need them to continue to be so that the redevelopment plan is the community’s plan.”

The community meetings will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 and Thursday, April 30, 2015, and attendees will be able to provide input on activities to improve West Tampa, encourage redevelopment, and identify community concerns.  Both meetings will be at 6:00 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, located at 2200 N. Oregon Ave.  These meetings are free and open to the public.

Input and feedback gathered at these meetings, along with data and recommendations from plans developed over past years, will be used to create the West Tampa Community Redevelopment Plan.  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; and Columbus Drive on the north. The southern boundary is being determined and will either run along Cypress/Cass Streets or further south to Kennedy Blvd.  

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.