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Not Your Average Speakers: What’s Next For Downtown Tampa


So much is happening or about to happen in downtown Tampa that it’s hard to keep up even if you think you have your finger on the pulse of the rapidly growing urban scene. So it’s fair to ask, “What’s new and what’s next for downtown Tampa?”

That will be the focus of 83 Degrees Media’s next “Not Your Average Speakers” community dialogue on Sept. 26. The event appropriately will be at The Ella, a brand new apartment building in the Encore! Tampa planned community just north of downtown starting at 5 p.m. with… Read more

Plans for Encore’s fourth apartment building unveiled


More than 60 people came this week to see the unveiling of Tempo, the fourth apartment building planned for Encore.

Architects with St. Petersburg-based Bessolo Design Group showed off their proposed design for the multi-family apartment complex at a community gathering Tuesday at The Ella, an apartment building for seniors that opened last year at Encore.

Encore is a planned mixed-use, mixed-income community that replaces Central Park Village, a 1950s-era public housing complex torn down in 2007. It is a $425-$450 million project north of downtown along Cass Street, Nebraska Avenue and Central Avenue… Read more

Tempo at Encore developers share plans


Design plans for Tempo have debuted, the fourth jazz-themed residential building at the Encore redevelopment site in downtown Tampa.

The $41 million project is expected to break ground the first quarter of 2014.

Kevin Bessolo of Bessolo Design Group is the architect for the 203-unit apartment building, which will offer one-bedroom to four-bedroom floor plans.

The 265,723-square-foot building will offer a 365-space, multi-level parking garage. A 5,000-square-foot clubhouse and 3,000-square-foot theater are planned, along with 2,321 square feet of first floor commercial… Read more

Tampa planners looking for feedback on planned apartments


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


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