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Old March 30th, 2017, 05:24 AM   #141
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Buckhorn suggested that the site would be suited for a 6 to 8 story apartment considering the views, but that is at least a floor or more taller than what is envisioned in the renderings we have seen so far.

Makes me wonder how concrete the plans are or if Buckhorn is just wishing to see an 8 story building there. I would be happy if the renderings were merely conceptional in scale and the city and THA weren't so strict on the height and size of some of the blocks.
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Old March 30th, 2017, 05:28 PM   #142
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I'd love to see in the 12-15 floor range on this site but that's probably a little ambitious. This area has great potential it just needs to get rid of the negative public perception.
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Old May 13th, 2017, 07:42 AM   #143
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Editorial: Tampa clears path for next downtown community
Friday, May 12, 2017 4:46pm

The look and economics of Tampa's urban core enter a new era this month, as the Tampa Housing Authority begins to tear down North Boulevard Homes, the first phase of replacing an aged public housing project with an entirely new urban setting of apartments, homes, shops, parks and restaurants. The buildout will take years, and the city still has to settle many details that will shape the character of this community. But this effort could reverse nearly a half-century of blight, and it promises to create a more affordable environment for those eager to experience downtown living.

The shuttered complex will be demolished in two phases, part of a broader effort by the city to remake 120 acres on the west side of the Hillsborough River. The cinder block, World War II-era public housing project fronts the commercial core of the West River district. Officials expect to convert this area into a walkable neighborhood of shaded streets, apartments, restaurants and shops sloping toward the river and new public parks. Already the city is remaking Riverfront Park, several blocks to the east, which will serve as West River's central outdoor space.
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Old June 21st, 2017, 10:46 PM   #144
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Tampa Housing Authority to stick with under-investigation Related Group for now
Christopher O'DonnellChristopher O'Donnell, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 3:02pm

TAMPA — Federal authorities may be investigating the Related Group, but the South Florida company remains the developer of choice for the Tampa Housing Authority as it moves ahead with a major West River urban renewal project.

Just days after the Miami Herald reported that federal agents are scrutinizing the finances of a Related affordable housing project in South Florida, the Housing Authority's governing board voted unanimously Wednesday to partner with the Miami-based firm on the renovation of Mary Bethune High Rise Apartments, an eight-story senior residential tower just west of downtown Tampa.
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The rehabilitation of the 150-unit Mary Bethune, which is now empty, could begin in the first quarter of 2018, Moore said. Built in 1966, it will cost an estimated $70,000 per unit to bring it up to date.
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Old June 27th, 2017, 10:43 PM   #145
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Demolition Ceremony scheduled for Thursday morning.


"Subject: UPDATED LOCATION: TAMPA HOUSING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES DEMOLITION CEREMONY FOR NORTH BOULEVARD HOMES Mayor Bob Buckhorn to bulldoze the first building

Contact: Lillian C. Stringer Director of Community Affairs Email: [email protected] Tel. 813-341-9101 Ext. 3540

TAMPA HOUSING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES DEMOLITION CEREMONY FOR NORTH BOULEVARD HOMES Mayor Bob Buckhorn to bulldoze the first building

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Representatives from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, local and state officials, Tampa Housing Authority officials, former residents and community partners will participate in this event that is open to the public.
WHAT: North Boulevard Homes Demolition Ceremony WHEN: Thursday, June 29th at 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon WHERE: 1706 Butler Court, Tampa, FL 33607
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Old September 29th, 2017, 07:26 PM   #146
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$21 million mistake delays Tampa Housing Authority's West River project
By Christopher O'Donnell, Times Staff Writer Published: September 29, 2017Updated: September 29, 2017 at 11:57 AM

TAMPA — Errors in an application have cost the Tampa Housing Authority a 10-year, $21 million tax credit that was earmarked to help build much-needed affordable housing in Tampa's ambitious West River revitalization project.

The credits were awarded in May to The Boulevard at West River, an apartment block that would include 200 affordable housing units.

But the Florida Housing Finance Corporation last week reversed its decision after an administrative judge ruled that mistakes in the Housing Authority's application should disqualify it from the award.
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Old September 29th, 2017, 07:53 PM   #147
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^Oh, and the kicker:

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Instead, the tax credits will now go to Blue Sky Communities, a private developer that challenged the award in court. Its application to build a 144-unit workforce housing project in unincorporated Hillsborough County earned the same score as the Housing Authority's but lost out through a lottery.
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Old September 29th, 2017, 09:11 PM   #148
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^Oh, and the kicker:
I've heard before that the applications for Federal Tax credit for these affordable deals are reviewable by your competition. Companies will scour the applicants looking for minor mistakes. It is shitty.
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Old September 29th, 2017, 10:21 PM   #149
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Hopefully the person who is responsible is fired.
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Old September 29th, 2017, 11:20 PM   #150
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I want to post something really negative, but I've worked on grants before and not been awarded. I'm sure people worked hard on it up until the last minute. I just wish city officials could step their game up a bit.
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Old September 30th, 2017, 01:35 AM   #151
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I want to post something really negative, but I've worked on grants before and not been awarded. I'm sure people worked hard on it up until the last minute. I just wish city officials could step their game up a bit.
There's a difference between losing the grant and having it taken away because the application was negligently prepared.
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Old September 30th, 2017, 02:08 AM   #152
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True, but I don't know enough details to start talking.
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Old October 9th, 2017, 06:47 PM   #153
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Editorial: No real winner in city-county battle for affordable-housing money

Monday, October 9, 2017 10:05am

Now there's a winner in a fight over federal resources between city and county affordable-housing interests. But the fight was so misguided to begin with that the results amount to a pyrrhic victory. At least the tax credits at stake will remain in Hillsborough County. And people who need help finding a home they can afford will have 144 more options once a housing project is completed just east of Interstate 75 in the community of Mango near Riverview

But in the process, the rift that has opened between Tampa and Hillsborough County poses a threat much broader than the benefits to be realized from this single, new, $25 million housing project.

Cooperation between the two is what's called for to improve the odds of landing federal resources to help close the huge local gap between supply and demand in affordable housing.
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Old October 9th, 2017, 07:14 PM   #154
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The never ending battle of the bay area....there is scant cooperation among government entities. All we wind up getting are small piecemeal projects because nobody ever agrees on anything. This is a housing project but speaks volumes to why Tampa lags so much in so many ways. We aren't represented for resources as an area of 3.3 million people, we're represented as individual silos.
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Old October 10th, 2017, 10:26 AM   #155
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The never ending battle of the bay area....there is scant cooperation among government entities. All we wind up getting are small piecemeal projects because nobody ever agrees on anything. This is a housing project but speaks volumes to why Tampa lags so much in so many ways. We aren't represented for resources as an area of 3.3 million people, we're represented as individual silos.
Best part is, "It's served by a bus stop." just became a false statement, as Route 32... erm... 38 no longer goes through there.
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