I received this press release from the City of Tampa today. It sounds like an interesting project, and I’m glad the city is taking the initiative to spruce up some of it’s areas. Hopefully, this will spur the private sector to act as well.
Buckhorn Announces Opportunity Corridors Project
Tampa, Fla. (February 1, 2012) – Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced today that Opportunity Corridors will be built throughout the City of Tampa, beginning with Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa.
“These corridors are highly traveled gateways leading into our community. For travelers from outside the city or for first-time visitors, they are the front doors to our city,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “We have to leverage these corridors, making them more inviting for residents, visitors, and potential businesses.”
Mayor Buckhorn believes that major transportation arteries, such as Ashley Drive, Nebraska Avenue, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, are economic development opportunities. The City of Tampa will improve the aesthetics along those routes and make landscaping enhancements. It is our goal to encourage these corridors to grow neighborhood supporting retail and to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment.
The Ashley Drive gateway will be the first Opportunity Corridor to be built. The City of Tampa will work with Hillsborough County and the Florida Department of Transportation to complete the downtown gateways such as Kennedy Boulevard and Channelside Drive before branching out to streets like Nebraska Avenue.
Improvements along Ashley Drive will include professional landscaping, irrigation, and lighting design services. Installation is expected to begin in May 2012.
The design contract for the Ashley Drive gateway will go before Tampa City Council this Thursday, February 2, 2012.