Changes Underway at University Mall

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.

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Public Meeting, Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Widening

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
http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=2414

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New Housing to be Built Near USF

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.

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Urbanism on Tap Discussions Open to the Public

Congress for the New Urbanism is launching The Role of Universities in Urban Design and Innovation, which is focused on the influence of universities on the development of our community. These are open public discussions held at P.J. Dolan’s at 2836 E. Bearss Avenue, Tampa. The first discussion in September focused on USF’s influence on our economy, our politics, and our physical environment.  Two more discussions are scheduled as follows.

#2 – Town and Gown: Getting Along and Prospering – Nov 18, 2014 
What is the relationship like between universities and their host cities? How are they changing?

#3 – The Connected Future of USF and North Tampa? – Jan 13, 2015

How do we achieve our vision? How can the relationship between USF and its current/future partners with surrounding local government and community organization help to reshape the greater North Tampa area?

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Bulls Walk and Bike Week, Wednesday, September 3, 11-2

USF Bulls Walk and Bike Week: Complete Streets Open House to be held Wednesday, September 3rd from 11:00am-2:00pm  inside the Marshall Center Atrium.  The USF Bulls Walk and Bike Week is an event to actively promote pedestrian and bicycle safety to the University community. The Open House will be an opportunity for students and campus visitors to learn about ongoing Complete Streets efforts and projects both on campus and in the broader Tampa area.

What are “Complete Streets”? Complete streets are streets for everyone. They are designed to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from transit stations. The USF Bulls Walk and Bike Week will also host vendors and exhibits. The public is invited to attend.

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Tampa’s Urban Charrette and Congress for the New Urbanism wil Host Open Mic at PJ Dolan’s Irish Pub & Grille

Tampa’s Urban Charrette and the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Tampa Bay will host Urbanism on Tap at PJ Dolan’s Irish Pub & Grille, North of USF on September 9, 2014 starting at 5:45 p.m. Starting this fall, Urbanism on Tap organizers have moved north of Downtown Tampa to host a new Urbanism on Tap Series highlighting the ‘Role of Universities in Urban Design and Innovation’and engage the University of South Florida (USF) community in the conversation.

Led by Urban Charrette and CNU Tampa Bay, Urbanism on Tap is a recurring open mic event, focused on generating constructive conversations within the community about current ideas and trends that are shaping our city. Every event is open to the public, and moderators and attendees are invited to share their views and stories related to the topic of the day. The intention of the event is to generate a lively exchange of ideas, which will enhance our ability to make Tampa a more livable city. The upcoming event, entitled “The USF Factor,” is the first discussion of a new three-part series focused on the relationship between University of South Florida and Tampa’s urban landscape.

Venue: PJ Dolan’s Irish Pub & Grille, North of USF (2836 E Bearss Ave Tampa, FL 33613); Date and Time: September 9, 2014 from 5:45 p.m – 7:15 p.m. For any questions, email Ashly Anderson at info@urbancharrett.org or 239-823-1645.

Writer: Vinod Kadu. Source: Erin Chantry, CNU Tampa Bay and Ashly Anderson, Urban Charrette

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Bicycle Safety and Community Economic Revitalization featured at next September 10 NNTA meeting

The next NNTA meeting will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 8:00-9:30 a.m.  The meeting will take place at the Center for Urban Transportation Research, on the USF Tampa Campus.  Incoming Chairman, Dan Jurman, who serves as Executive Director of the University Area Community Development Corporation, will preside.  Mark Sharpe, the Chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners has been invited to speak about the plans of the newly formed Tampa Innovation Alliance.  Mr. Sharpe was recently hired to serve as its Executive Director.  Mr. Stephen Benson, Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Specialist for the Florida Department of Transportation, District 7, will give a presentation about the plans for protected bike lanes along Fowler Avenue.  This meeting is open to the public.  If you have any questions, please contact Sara Hendricks, 813-974-9801 or hendricks@cutr.usf.edu

 

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Dan Jurman to serve as NNTA Vice Chair

Mr. Dan Jurman has accepted a nomination to serve as NNTA Vice-Chair. He will begin serving in this new capacity in January 2014. Here is a a bit of background about Dan: He joined the University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC) as its Executive Director & CEO on January 9th, 2012.  In his short time in Tampa, Dan has led the effort to build a coalition of over 70 non-profit, public and private partners to fundamentally change the way service providers work together in the community.  He came to Tampa from Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he spent 13 years in senior leadership positions at non-profit organizations of varying sizes and missions.  In Tampa he served on the Citizen Advisory Council’s Non-Profit Subcommittee and currently serves as a member of Eckerd Community Alternatives’ Advisory Council, Hillsborough County Violence Prevention Collaborative (Public Safety and Judiciary Committee Chairman), the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay’s Community Platform Steering Committee, is an Elder and Finance Committee member at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and is a member of the New Tampa Rotary.  He started his non-profit career in New Jersey working in youth programs in hard-hit neighborhoods in cities like Camden, Newark and Atlantic City.  He and his wife and their 3 children live in New Tampa.

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