The Tampa Bay Express (TBX) is a series of projects, currently in the Project Development & Environment study phase, comprising nearly 50 miles of roadway construction, including replacement of the northbound Howard Frankland Bridge and reconstruction of the interchanges at I-275/SR 60 in the Westshore Business District and the I-275-I-4 in downtown Tampa. The project also includes the addition of express lanes in the median of I-275 and I-4 and premium transit opportunities throughout the system. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is inviting interested citizens to participate in TBX Community Engagement Workshops. The purpose of the workshops is to provide a status update on the proposed community enhancements from the three rounds of design charrettes held over the past year for the following sections of the Tampa Bay Express Project: I-4/I-275 Downtown Tampa Interchange Reconstruction and Section 7 of I-275, from north of the Downtown Tampa Interchange to Bearss Avenue. The next workshop will be Wednesday, September 21, 2016, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 Central Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603. For more information, go to www.Tampabayexpress.com or call Chris Speese, Public Involvement Coordinator at 813-975-6405.
The Tampa Innovation Alliance is building a plan to transform Fowler Avenue into a welcoming parkway. The Alliance wants to hear from the community and stakeholders to learn about concerns and priorities. Join one of two walking workshops in the Fowler corridor, between N. 30th Street and N. 56th Street. The first is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 3:15-5:30 pm and the second is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31 from 7:15-9:30 am. Meet at the University Collection parking lot (behind Chili’s) on the north side of Fowler Avenue just west of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Wear comfortable clothing and bring an umbrella. RSVP by August 25th to Jeff Trim at JTRIM@SAMSCHWARTZ.COM or 813-289-7771.
A Go Hillsborough public forum is being hosted at the USF Tampa Campus. This is a special opportunity to participate in sustainable transportation planning. The forum is being held at the Engineering II Bldg. Hall of Flags on Tuesday, May 12, 8-9:30 a.m. This free interactive workshop is open to USF students, staff, and faculty, and the public.
Hillsborough County is facing some tough choices related to transportation. There are significant shortfalls in funding as the population expands and congestion increases. Help from the public is needed to create a Community Transportation Plan. At the May 12th GoHillsborough forum, County engineers and planners, and staff from HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit) will be there to hear your opinion.
GoHillsborough is an initiative of the Transportation for Economic Development Policy Leadership Group, which includes all seven Hillsborough County Commissioners; the mayors of Plant City, Tampa and Temple Terrace; and the chair of the HART board. For more information, GoHillsborough can be found at gohillsborough.org and can be followed on Facebook, and on Twitter @GoHillsborough. You may submit comments by calling the Comment Line at (813) 274-6922. For more information, contact Sara Hendricks. This forum has been sponsored by the New North Transportation Alliance, a community partnership that includes USF and other major employers in the USF area.
A countywide public engagement effort begins February 17 to collect public feedback about transportation issues and concerns. 36 interactive workshops are planned to be held in different locations around the County. The first set of public meetings are to “Understand the Issues”. Meetings held in the New North area include March 9 at New Tampa Community Park and March 10 at the Omar K. Lightfoot Center in Temple Terrace. Both meetings are 6-8 p.m. In addition, a Telephone Town Hall meeting will be held March 19. For more information go to GOHillsborough.org or contact Liana Lopez at 813-272-1141.
NNTA’s next general meeting will be held on Friday, February 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Center for Urban Transportation Research on the USF Tampa Campus. Public sector and private sector members and guests meet to discuss current issues relating to transportation in the New North area. Meetings are open to the public. For directions and a complementary visitors parking permit, contact Sara Hendricks at 813-974-9801.
Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is a cross-disciplinary initiative that promotes education, service, public outreach and research on the design and development of sustainable cities. On February 18th and 19th, Dr. Marc Schlossberg, founder of the SCI and Director of the University of Oregon Sustainable City Year Program at the University of Oregon will be coming to USF to discuss the process of establishing a Sustainable Cities Initiative as USF. He will be joined by Dr. Jessica Barlow, San Diego State University, who recently established a similar program at San Diego State called the SAGE project.
A series of free meetings are being planned to engage interested public officials, USF faculty and agency staff. If you are interested in participating in the dialogue, copy and paste the following link to your browser or contact Kristine Williams at 813-974-9807. http://usf-community-engagement.org/?wysija-page=1&controller=email&action=view&email_id=42&wysijap=subscriptions&user_id=2000
In late 2014, RD Management LLC purchased the University Mall, with the exception of the anchor stores. Principal Richard Birdoff told Tampa Bay Business Journal that there potentially could be a mix of uses on the site, including student housing, offices, a fitness club and a warehouse store, as reported by Ashley Gurbal Kritzer, in “New University Mall owner: Site has ‘potential for everything'”. TBBJ, January 9, 2015. In the meantime the University Mall recently opened the Movie Studio Grill.
A meeting of the Tampa Innovation Alliance will be held Friday, January 9, 11:30-1:00 p.m. The Tampa Innovation Alliance is looking to develop the area between Busch Blvd. to the south, Bearss Avenue to the north, I-75 to the east, and I-275 to the west. For more information, contact Eric Larson at email@example.com
A public meeting will be held regarding the widening of Bruce B. Downs Blvd., between Bearss Avenue and Palm Springs Blvd., known as Segment A. The meeting will be held at the Tampa Palms Elementary School, Monday, January 12, at 6 p.m. More information can be found about the road widening project on the Hillsborough County Public Works Dept. web page at
Plans are underway to build a residential facility along Bruce B. Downs Blvd., south of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, on the site of the former Sunset Square Apartments. The new facility will provide approximately 600 bedroom units with residents sharing common areas. The new owner, The Collier Companies, is investing over $40 million in the project. The source of this information is from Tampa Bay Business Journal, as reported by Eric Snider, June 27, 2014.