Scott Street to Get Green Makeover - City Invites Public to Comment on Design

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The City of Tampa is proposing streetscape improvements for Scott Street and requesting public input on proposed improvements. Federal grant funds are being used to beautify this corridor that connects Downtown Tampa and Ybor City. The project begins at Perry Harvey Park and extends to E. 7th Avenue in Ybor City.

The project will feature “green” stormwater management techniques, referred to as low impact development, as well as improved pedestrian amenities, traffic calming elements and Florida-friendly landscaping.

The objective of low impact development is to capture and treat rainwater where it falls to reduce pollution in urban watersheds. The results are more natural and beautiful than conventional stormwater management practices that use pipes and ponds. Another benefit to this natural systems approach is cost. Low impact development strategies are generally less costly than conventional stormwater management approaches.

Benches, bike racks and trash containers will be strategically located along Scott Street. People who travel Scott Street on-foot will enjoy more shade, enhanced street crossings and places to sit and rest along the way. Landscaping will include native or Florida-friendly trees and plants that thrive on the natural conditions.

Participants at the city’s first Scott Street workshop on September 29 picked their favorites from a range of design elements that were possible within the existing public right-of-way. The favorite elements have been incorporated into the design plans by the city’s design team and will be on display at Tuesday’s workshop. The public will be able to review and ask questions about planned improvements to Scott Street and provide feedback on the proposed designs.

Community Workshop #2 – Scott Street Improvements Presentation and Public Input
Tuesday, October 20, 5:30-7PM (refreshments and socializing from 5:30-6PM)
The Ella at Encore
1210 East Ray Charles Boulevard, Tampa
Download the public meeting flyer.

For more information on the Scott Street project or the community workshop, contact Laurie Potier-Brown, Landscape Architect, Parks and Recreation Department, City of Tampa, or (813) 274-5137

About Low Impact Design

Low impact design or development (LID) is a stormwater management approach modeled after nature. By managing rainfall at the source rather than piping and discharging to ponds, rivers and bays, LID mimics the way land handled stormwater before the land was developed. Drainage designs using LID principles seek to infiltrate, filter, store, evaporate and detain stormwater runoff as close as possible to its source. Landscaping plays a big role in LID by absorbing runoff and slowing the rate at which rain reaches the earth. Through its use of ecosystem services, LID is a cost-effective alternative to more conventional approaches to stormwater management.

LID manages stormwater pollution through an integrated design approach that is attractive and highly effective. The strategies include reliance on bioswales and bioretention areas to convey and capture water rather than reliance on traditional drainage infrastructure; reduction of impervious surface areas; and reliance on natural features and functions to trap and treat runoff. LID techniques include:

  • Rain gardens

  • Sidewalk storage

  • Vegetated swales and buffers

  • Preserving trees

  • Permeable pavers

  • Soil amendments

  • Impervious surface reduction

For additional information, please contact:

Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262

Laurie Potier-Brown, Landscape Architect, Parks and Recreation Department
(813) 274-5137