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  • Mon, June 06, 2016 4:00 PM | Brant Peterson (Administrator)

    On Thursday, May 19th, Tampa City Councilors green-lighted the Julian B Lake Riverfront Park revitalization project with a 6-1 vote.

    $15 million will come from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill fund. Most of the rest of the money needed will come from the Community Investment Tax, a voter-approved half-cent added to Hills­borough County's sales tax to pay for schools, roads and projects that include Raymond James Stadium.

    With the council's approval, Skanska USA Building will start construction in the coming months. The project is expected to take about 18 months.

    The $35.5 million price tag will pay for:

    • A new river center with a community room, a large shaded deck, storage for rowing shells and dragon boats, a public dock, paddleboard rentals, a riverfront promenade and a sheltered cove where beginners can practice on calm water.

    • A large lawn where people at art shows and concerts would have good views of the river and the downtown skyline.

    • Tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, plus a lighted, synthetic-turf athletic field with bleachers for soccer, football and lacrosse.

    • A family picnic area, a splash pad for children, a fenced children's play area, a dog park and a water taxi stop.

    Tampa officials also see the redevelopment of Riverfront Park as an anchor for attracting interest to 120 acres they are calling the West River area.

    A huge project for the area and one that will open up our neighborhood to Tampa's great waterfront.

  • Fri, March 18, 2016 10:41 AM | Brant Peterson (Administrator)

    One of the largest projects, not only in NHP, but in Tampa as a whole, is the revitalization of our very own Julian B Lane Park. The park contains over 25 acres and is one of the largest waterfront parks in the nation. For a size comparison, it is five times the size of the wonderfully revitalized Curtis Hixon Park. 

    The city, the parks and recreation committee, and Civitas, a high-end landscape architecture firm based out of Denver, have been working together with the community for over two years on the plans for Julian Lane's revitalization. With much community input, these plans are finally complete. The final draft was revealed in a public workshop in February. The plans contain a 15,000sf state of the art boat house with second story event space. A portion of the sea wall will be cut back, into the park, to open the park up to the river. There will be a floating dock to launch kayaks, paddleboards, and dock boats. There will be new basketball courts, tennis courts, and a children's play area as well as a full size turf multi-sport field. There will be a massive green adjacent to the boathouse for concerts and events and will serve to open the entire park to the river and the view of downtown just across the way. Last, but not least, Laurel St will be re-positioned to hug closer to the Interstate, providing even more space to be utilized within the park. 

    The groundbreaking ceremony was to be held April 2nd with an ambitious completion date set a short 18 months but has since been postponed to a more vague start date of 'Spring 2016'.

    This is an extremely exciting time for the area West of the River as this is a major piece that affects how we interact with the river. The revitalization of this park has the potential to truly bring downtown West of the River. 

    Please see Civitas' website for some of the background as well as further details and renderings of the project:

    Please also see the City's website to view the final plan as well as the full presentation from the public workshop:

    Final Plans

    Civitas Presentation

  • Fri, March 18, 2016 10:17 AM | Brant Peterson (Administrator)

    As previously discussed at our monthly meetings, there is a new professional office development currently under construction at 1000 Cass. The project is located at the southeast corner of W Cass Street and N Edison Ave. The building-to-be will be three stories tall (first story covered parking) and contain nearly 19,000 SF of office. The top floor will be occupied by the owner/developer, a well established local law firm. The second story, around 9000 SF, is available for lease. Said to be deliverable the first quarter of 2017. The project will contain ample on-site parking, a rarity in South Tampa. The renderings show a modern, innovative design. This is a great  example of a high-quality urban infill project providing value and exposure to the neighborhood. 

    Please contact: 

    Jon Wittner -

    John Dingfelder -

    Jake Wollman -

    for more information the project and the leasing of the additional space. 

    See for additional information and renderings.

  • Wed, November 18, 2015 4:49 PM | Brant Peterson (Administrator)

    NoHo Junction will be the first new retail construction we have seen in NHP.

    The project is located at 1500 W Cass St. just behind NoHo Flats on the corner of Cass and Oregon.

    The center will consist of 4000 SF of retail space, most likely divided into four units.

    According to their website: "This 4,000 sq ft neighborhood retail center includes plans for a variety of restaurants both delivery and take-out."

    The center will draw from the NHP residents, University of Tampa students, as well as the downtown crowd located only a half mile across the bridge. 

    This development, however small it may be, marks a turning point in our neighborhood where, based on the residential growth we have seen, developers are seeing retail as a viability.

    Visit for more details and leasing information.

  • Tue, September 29, 2015 4:33 PM | Brant Peterson (Administrator)

    At this point, the project will be called Las Azoteas and will consist of 39 townhomes at 405 N Oregon Ave. 

    Renier and Michelle Gobea, principals of Gobea Capital, are partnering with Sight Real Estate to develop the townhomes. Plans for rezoning were filed 9/29/2015. The townhomes will be between 1,700 to 2,000 square feet, each with its own rooftop terrace.

    The site is just over 1.3 acres, located on Oregon Ave between Fig and Gray. The property was previously home to the recently-burned-down New Salem Baptist Church.

    Prices will begin in the low $300,000s. If all goes according to plan, construction will begin in mid-2016.

    "As a for-sale project, the development represents an evolution in the revitalization of North Hyde Park. Several apartment developments are under way in the neighborhood, spurred by development in downtown and South Tampa. The developers describe it as boutique project that will "encourage home ownership and long-term investment in the neighborhood."

    We think this is a great infill project that brings more density to the area, further validating retail growth in NHP. As the article states, this is the second new townhouse project in the area, further promoting home ownership and investment in the neighborhood.

  • Wed, September 09, 2015 1:50 PM | Brant Peterson (Administrator)

    This article provides an overview of nearly $30 million in infrastructure improvements currently underway in North Hyde Park and it's surrounding neighborhoods. 

    The installation of Box Culverts at the intersection of Cypress and N. Boulevard is nearing completion.

    Once completed, this improvement will help alleviate flooding along Rome Ave and Cypress St and provide downstream capacity necessary for future stormwater projects. A much welcomed improvement for the North Hyde Park area.

    Total cost for the project is $9.89 million with funding coming from the Stormwater Capital Project Fund as well as the Bond Proceeds Fund.

    As referenced by Carlos Ramirez on our Facebook Page, Construction on the Green Spine is now underway!

    The Green Spine will be a dedicated bike lane running along E. Cass Street from Nebraska Ave., Downtown, all the way to the new Jewish Community Center on Howard. 

    Cass Street will simultaneously undergo a two-way conversion, transforming the street into a central spine connecting North Hyde Park to Downtown as outlined in the Invision Tampa Center City Plan.

    Total cost for the two-way conversion and cycle track is $9.86 million with funding coming from the Local Option Gas Tax for design and Commercial Paper Program for construction.

  • Thu, July 30, 2015 9:19 AM | Brant Peterson (Administrator)

    The growth along Rome Ave. continues with 6,700SF of new retail and 23 new townhomes proposed at 301 N. Rome. Ave. - TBBJ

  • Thu, July 30, 2015 9:05 AM | Brant Peterson (Administrator)

    Pollack Shores Real Estate Group from Atlanta is moving forward with the second phase of NoHo Flats Apartments. The 275 proposed units will be located directly across the street from the original apartment complex, on the corner of N. Rome Ave. and Gray St. Groundbreaking is planned for next April/May. - Tampa Bay Business Journal

  • Fri, June 12, 2015 10:22 AM | Brant Peterson (Administrator)

    The public hearing on Thursday June, 11th was a major success with City Council members unanimously approving the plan to establish a new Community Redevelopment Area for the West Tampa. - Tampa Bay Times

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