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Healthy, green affordable housing in Downtown Tampa celebrates Earth Day


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

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


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


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.

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


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


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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