The building pace is quickening at Encore, where one apartment complex is fully leased and three more are under construction or nearly ready to build.
The redevelopment on 28 acres just north of downtown Tampa, where public housing once stood, is expected to be completed in five to seven years. The enterprise is a $425-million planned community that will honor the segregation-era Central Avenue district of black-owned businesses, restaurants and nightclubs where entertainers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and James Brown performed.
Encore also could be one of Florida’s first master-planned communities to achieve national certification as a ‘‘green,” environmentally sustainable neighborhood. Individual buildings within Encore also could qualify for certification which is issued after review by the U.S. Green Building Council.Read Full Article »
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