Media Coverage

Tampa planners looking for feedback on planned apartments

07.25.13

TAMPA – Encore, a planned mixed-use and mixed-income community just north of downtown, has one apartment building almost fully occupied, a second under construction and a third headed for a mid-August construction start.

A fourth apartment building , Tempo, is on the drawing board. On Monday Tampa Housing Authority officials will host a community gathering to find out what people think about the design of the 203-unit apartment building.

People may view the proposed design, ask questions and offer suggestions about the project. Banc of America Community Development Corp., and Bessolo Design Group are development partners.

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Encore Rising: Downtown Tampa’s Mixed-Use Redevelopment Grows

07.16.13

Encore, the $425 million mixed-use redevelopment venture between the Tampa Housing Authority and the Banc of America Community Development Corporation, spans 12 city blocks of downtown Tampa, where Cass Street meets Nebraska Avenue.

The emerging neighborhood not only spans the physical distance between Ybor City and the Central Business District, it bridges generations of people while recognizing the city’s rich musical history.

Four Encore residential buildings are in various stages of development. Ella, is already home to active, senior residents and nearly 100 percent occupied. Trio is designed for families with children, singles and couples. Preleasing for the… Read more

Encore Tampa: Green Initiatives Shape Urban Design

01.29.13

Think shady trees, curvy streets and sidewalks wide enough to walk, bicycle and sit down at trendy outdoor cafes serving up Cuban sandwiches next to Jamaican jerk chicken next to French beignets next to Asian sushi — all washed down by local microbrews.

Think a diversity of workers scurrying along exercising their thumbs on their smart phones — some with sleeves rolled up; others with collars buttoned down. Think young moms and dads pushing baby strollers to a neighborhood park while grandparents make their way slowly back from a nearby grocery store.

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ENCORE! project reviving neighborhood and economy

12.21.12

Central Tampa is undergoing a long overdue revitalization that will boost small businesses and lift our neighborhoods and downtown.

Many of us remember Central Park Village on the north side of downtown: old, dilapidated public housing that scared off investment in the area. Crime was a problem. Much of the neighborhood was synonymous with blight. There was little sense of hope. Our neighbors who lived there and the local small businesses surrounding Central Park deserved better.

Some of us also remember the Central Avenue of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, a thriving neighborhood with a rich sense of community and… Read more

Tampa’s Encore project now a reality

12.12.12

The first element of a major development project years in the making is being unveiled today in downtown Tampa.

The Encore project is a long-awaited residential and retail project located in downtown Tampa where the Central Park housing development once sat.

A 40-plus acre mixed-use redevelopment area, the development is envisioned as a cluster of affordable apartment homes eventually mixed in with stores, a park, a museum, hotel and grocery store. The project sprawls across the vast area from Nebraska Avenue and Cass Street.

It all starts with today’s opening of Ella, a seven-story residential… Read more