Phase I of 22nd Street Enhancements to be Dedicated Dedication includes new murals and historical marker

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Business and community leaders will join Mayor Pam Iorio to dedicate phase one of the 22nd Street Enhancement Project. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Tampa Police District III Office, located at 3808 North 22nd Street.

The 22nd Street Enhancement Project provides for pedestrian, streetscape and roadway improvements to 22nd Street from Lake Avenue to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The enhancements along the 22nd Street corridor and the two intersections of this phase include landscaping, irrigation, enhanced crosswalks, continuous sidewalk from Lake Avenue to MLK on the east side, a 10-foot multi-modal trail on the west side, improved bus stops and shelters, upgraded traffic signals, and pedestrian lighting. The improvements were constructed by R.E. Purcell Construction Inc. and designed by Wade Trim, Inc. The $1.8 million project was funded through Gas Tax and East Tampa Tax Increment Financing funds.

During the ceremony, the Reflections of East Tampa murals and a new historical marker will also be part of the dedication. The new murals, by artist James Vann, are a part of the gathering place that was created when the district office was constructed. The historical marker will be placed at Cyrus Greene Park, known for many years as the 22nd Street Park, which served as the home field for several of the semi-professional teams of the Florida State Negro Baseball League. The marker highlights their history and serves as a legacy for African-American ball players from Tampa.

For other information regarding the enhancement project, please contact Contract Administration Department Director David Vaughn at (813) 274-8568 or