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Old May 7th, 2014, 03:17 AM   #41
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I stayed for around an hour... not sure if Kevin was able to make it by after I left.

There was a good crowd, but not much substance to the meeting.
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Old May 7th, 2014, 04:23 AM   #42
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Figures.
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Old June 25th, 2014, 02:39 AM   #43
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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's plan to move riverfront truck yard to cost $17 million

http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgo...ost-17/2185812


Richard Danielson, Times Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 7:00pm
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Old July 10th, 2014, 01:04 AM   #44
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here's another article from a few days ago.

I wonder what their "high end residential" means. A gated community with mansions on the river? I'd like something midrise there.

http://tbo.com/news/politics/relocat...ment-20140706/
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Old September 9th, 2014, 07:37 PM   #45
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Tampa West Riverbank development

There wasn't a good place for this and with the coming development on the west river bank, it seemed necessary for a new thread..

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn unveils $20M plan to redevelop Riverfront Park

TAMPA — At 23 acres, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is one of Tampa's larger parks and the biggest in the city's urban core.

It also is under-used.

To change that, Mayor Bob Buckhorn unveiled a plan Tuesday for an ambitious redevelopment of the park he expects to cost more than $20 million.

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http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgo...t-park/2196798
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Old September 9th, 2014, 09:05 PM   #46
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I was skeptical when OKC opened a boathouse on the just dammed up Oklahoma River --previously a dry river bed -- only to see it become the Olympic training and qualifying center for US Rowing, added a zipline course and now funded to add a white-water rafting center, and now moved the highway west a mile to expand living/recreational use of the river. You can rent any non-powered water equipment as well with a 7 mile running/bike track around the river. I'm all for this on the West Riverbank! If it can work extremely well in OKC, then a place like DT Tampa that lacks a lot of direct river access, it could be a premier location!
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Old September 9th, 2014, 10:31 PM   #47
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Looking at the site plan, I'm wondering why they don't just completely remove the portion of Laurel Drive that runs from the river westward along the south side of the interstate through the park? Keep the extension that loops under the interstate and becomes Green Street. Why does there need to be two roads going to/from the Laurel Street bridge?
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Old September 10th, 2014, 12:07 AM   #48
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^Who knows. I think they are still clinging to that 1980s era 'vision' of having a 1/2 interchange serving I-275 heading west (south). But the thing is, even if that ever did happen, say based on the West Bank undergoing some genuine urban intensification, drivers still aren't going to get off at N Blvd, so that they can wait at several lights to get over into the downtown core via the Laurel St bridge, when they can just take the main downtown East/West exit. (meaning that whether the 1/2 interchange is ever built or not, what happens with the Laurel St/Green St alignment is irrelevant. The key is the bridge, which gets light traffic, well below capacity for even a 2 lane bridge, let alone the 4 lane bridge it presently is. They could have saved millions on the cost of a standalone ped bridge, by closing two lanes of the Laurel St bridge, and turning it into a wide ped/bike path.

I brought that up months ago, both through the online forum they set up, as well as directly to the mayor's office. I never got a response.

I talked about it at length here in the thread which already exists for the West Bank.
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...5&postcount=21

The good news is that they could do what Tampa always does, and get it right later on, at a significantly higher cost to taxpayers.


I see the link I had to an overhead of the area I put up got lost... I updated it, and reposting here too...
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Old September 10th, 2014, 12:36 AM   #49
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Development in the areas has got to pick up and densify a bit in that area before we'll start seeing that park not be under utliized.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 02:00 AM   #50
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Laurel bridge will be used heavily for in town vehicles as that area develops. A nice wide bike path would be great too.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 02:21 AM   #51
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Laurel bridge will be used heavily for in town vehicles as that area develops.
If that happens, then that neighborhood is not being developed properly.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 02:33 AM   #52
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Stop being weird and dramatic. It's just a fact that more people will equal good use...
Developed properly, what does that mean?..
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Old September 10th, 2014, 03:04 AM   #53
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Went ahead and merged the duplicated thread into this one.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 07:03 PM   #54
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It does look as though Laurel will be realigned to the north, so it doesn't isolate as much of the park. It also appears to be the road a parking lot for the park will front. Probably to bring the parking lot closer to the boat docks to make it easier to transport the boats to the water.

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Old December 26th, 2014, 06:45 PM   #55
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Tampa 'West River' redevelopment kicks off with relocation notices
Dec 26, 2014, 6:55am EST

Salem Solomon
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Residents of North Boulevard Homes, a public housing complex in Tampa, have received notices alerting them to expect to move as early as next year.
The complex will be torn down to make way for a redevelopment project that the Tampa Housing Authority calls the creation of the "West River" area, the Tampa Bay Times said.

North Boulevard Homes was built in 1941. Along with the Mary Bethune High Rise Apartments that stand adjacent, it includes about 820 apartments housing about 2,000 people, the Times said. The first people will move out in April and the total relocation process will last about 18 months.

Mayor, THA and partners unveil West River Master Plan
The West River plan includes doubling the number of units to more than 1,600 on 12 acres made available to a range of income levels, including some subsidized housing, the Times said.

Residents being moved will receive 90 days' notice, payment for moving expenses and referral assistance to find a new home. The Housing Authority will hold "Relocation 101" classes for residents, the Times said.
http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/...-off-with.html
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Old December 26th, 2014, 10:40 PM   #56
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Wow this is coming sooner than I anticipated .. 1600 units on 12 acres!? That sounds awesome, but I feel like we will be lucky to get half that
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Old December 26th, 2014, 10:55 PM   #57
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It's across 120 acres. The Times made a mistake, and it would be too much to ask for writers at TBBJ to check facts themselves.
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Old December 26th, 2014, 11:14 PM   #58
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Ouch.. that's ****ed up! My mom's subdivision community off Van Dyke is denser than that
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Old December 26th, 2014, 11:50 PM   #59
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To be fair, the residential component will be on a little more than 50 acres within the neighborhood, but the "West River" area (Columbus to 275 and Rome to the river) that the article is referring to is 120 acres. Either way, it's not impressive.
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Old December 27th, 2014, 12:54 AM   #60
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The lack of density of this project, and the corresponding lack of much of a tax base being created, in spite of the rather large public investment required for new infrastructure, is alarming to put it mildly.
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