Mayor Buckhorn Marks Completion of Major Downtown Opportunity Corridors -- Will plant tree in celebration

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn will mark the completion of the downtown Opportunity Corridors this Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 10 a.m. and will help plant a tree to celebrate. The tree planting and celebration will be held at 900 East Scott Street, at the Corner of Orange Avenue and Scott Street near Perry Harvey Park.

"These corridors are highly traveled gateways leading into our community. For travelers from outside the city or for first-time visitors, like many who will be here during the Republican National Convention, they are the front doors to our city," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This project immediately makes our city more appealing, and over the long term, will spur economic development by making the more inviting for businesses."

To date, 782 trees have been planted in and around downtown as part of the Opportunity Corridors project. The City of Tampa used indigenous trees such as Southern Red Cedar, Chickasaw Plum, and Sabal Palms. In addition to the trees, the City has also installed irrigation and lighting.

In the coming years, Mayor Buckhorn plans to expand the Opportunity Corridors project across the City of Tampa working in concentric circles.

Mayor Buckhorn believes that major transportation arteries, such as Ashley Drive, Nebraska Avenue, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, are economic development opportunities. The City of Tampa will improve the aesthetics along those routes and make landscaping enhancements. The goal is to encourage these corridors to grow neighborhood supporting retail and to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

The downtown Opportunity Corridors include:

  • Bayshore Boulevard from Platt St. to Rome Ave.
  • Ashley Drive
  • Orange/Jefferson Interchange
  • Union Station
  • Laurel Street
  • Franklin Street
  • Nuccio Parkway
  • Downtown Tree Replacement