Media Coverage

At its grand reveal, renovated Perry Harvey Sr. Park touted as ‘a living, breathing history lesson’

04.12.16

TAMPA — Not 30 minutes before he arrived at the grand debut of the renovated Perry Harvey Sr. Park on Sunday afternoon, Tampa native Tony Crawford listened to his 67-year-old mother reminisce about the lively black community that once thrived there.

She told him about the way things were on Central Avenue, before the shooting and the riots and the Interstate 4 invasion 50 years ago. She spoke of the barber shops, hair salons and pool halls that lined the neighborhood, about the dancing and the music.

“My parents grew up on Central,” the junior Crawford said. “I was… Read more

Hotel, residential towers planned for ENCORE! urban renewal project

03.15.16

TAMPA — The city’s high-rise skyline is set to spread further northeast with a local development firm close to completing the $7.4 million purchase of two parcels earmarked for a residential tower and hotel.

Tampa Housing Authority officials expect later this month to complete the sale of two adjoining parcels that total about three acres on the east end of Cass Street to Pinnacle Group Holdings, a Tampa development firm. The development is part of ENCORE!®, an urban renewal project west of Nebraska Avenue that is replacing Central Park Village, a former public housing complex.

Tentative plans for… Read more

The Reed at ENCORE!® Tampa is completed, fully occupied

11.11.15

TAMPA — The Reed at ENCORE!®, a new senior building between downtown Tampa and Ybor City, is now complete and fully occupied.

The Reed is part of a larger designed community encompassing 28 acres and expected to cover 12 city blocks. Plans include a variety of housing for all ages, including low income as well as market rate rentals and sales.

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New ENCORE! Tampa apartments honor activist Essie Mae Reed

10.27.15

TAMPA — Essie Mae Reed didn’t learn to read until she was 40, but the longtime public housing activist was not known to flinch in the face of injustice, bureaucracy or even unhappy neighbors.

Today, Central Park Village itself is long gone, torn down in 2007. But Reed’s memory lives on in the newest apartment building to open at ENCORE!® Tampa, an ambitious redevelopment emerging from 28 acres between downtown and Ybor City.

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Tampa Neighborhoods Surrounding Downtown Prepare for Rebirth

09.15.15

TAMPA — … The City [of Tampa] and Tampa Housing Authority put their energies into another project also centered on a teardown of Central Park Village. In its place, ENCORE!® Tampa, a mixed-use, mixed-income village center, rose on the former public housing site, north of downtown between Nebraska Avenue and Interstate 4.

Residents now are populating ENCORE!, filling up apartments with young families and seniors. The buildings there are winning national awards for sustainability. Plans call for shops, a school, a grocery store and green space making it a walkable neighborhood. It is another puzzle piece bringing a new Tampa… Read more