Media Coverage

Urban farm could be late addition to Tampa’s ENCORE! project

12.26.17

TAMPA — If all goes as planned at a meeting with the Tampa Housing Authority on Jan. 4, a 2-acre working farm will become a late addition to the city’s ENCORE! project.

The 40-acre mixed-use redevelopment district being erected downtown close to the intersections of Interstates 4 and 275 has brimmed with ambitious components, including apartments, condos, retail, restaurants, hotels and services. But this brings something vital that continues to elude many big-city urban renewal projects: access to local, organic and affordable produce, meats and dairy.

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Faedos bring tastes of Tampa back to a storefront

05.31.17

TAMPA — Whether working out of a food truck or a brick and mortar, Michelle Faedo and her husband Robert have always served Tampanian cuisine.

In June, space will no longer be a problem as the Faedos will celebrate the grand opening of their new 1,450 square-foot restaurant, Michelle Faedo’s Tampeño Cuisine, located in ENCORE!, a downtown mix-used development, being installed in the bottom floor of The Ella, a senior living facility.

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First retail shops coming to ENCORE! in downtown Tampa

05.02.17

TAMPA — The first retail location in ENCORE Tampa!, a downtown Tampa mixed-use development, is under construction and expected to be operational within the next 90 days.

Encore, a $425 million redevelopment of the former Central Park Village public housing area, will give a home to local foodie Michelle Faedo’s Tampanian Cuisine as the first of three retail operations in the project’s immediate future.

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ENCORE! development is new site of Tampa’s holiday donation tent

11.04.16

TAMPA — ENCORE!®, the Tampa Housing Authority development honoring the city’s once-vibrant black entertainment district along Central Avenue, is providing space for the charity to collect and distribute holiday meals and gifts to low-income families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties.

The tent, which opened for donations Thursday (Nov. 3) and will remain up through December nearly spans the length of a football field. An estimated 10,000 volunteers will serve some 18,000 families. The most-needed items include frozen turkeys and hams, cereal, stuffing, gift cards and presents intended for teenagers and infants.

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Healthy, green affordable housing in Downtown Tampa celebrates Earth Day

04.19.16

TAMPA — This Earth Day, the Tampa Housing Authority is celebrating with the community — and with good reason.

While much attention has focused on Jeff Vinik´s Channelside project, Florida’s first ever “wellness” district, the Tampa Housing Authority (THA) has quietly developed an award-winning sustainable green space of its own, where the wellness of its residents is also a top priority and point of pride.

ENCORE! Tampa is a mixed-use redevelopment just northeast of downtown Tampa, a few blocks from where its more famous neighbor is moving into the Channel District along the waterfront. At the west end… Read more