Encore is the 28 acre site originally occupied by the 483 unit central park village public housing community.  Central Park was demolished in 2007. 

The site is now called Encore and has been master planned as a 12 city block redevelopment with a town square, vaulted storm water system, and other site amenities to facilitate the development of a mixed-use mixed-income urban village immediately north of Tampa’s central business district.  The 12 lots to comprise the Encore district have been planned for the following uses:



Encore Lots

Lot Distribution
Lot 1 Lot 1 – a new middle school to be developed by Hillsborough Public School District
Lot 2 Lot 2 –  Tempo at Encore, 203 unit mixed-income apt building
Lot 3 Lot 3 –  Ella at Encore, 160 unit senior affordable housing building
Lot 4 Lot 4 –  Reed at Encore, 157 unit senior mixed-income building
Lot 5 Lot 5 –  A 60,000 sf office or retail lot
  Lot 6 –  Existing St. James Church to be historically preserved and used as a museum
Lot 7 Lot 7 –  Trio at Encore, 143 unit mixed-income apartment building
Lot 8 Lot 8 –  Lot 8 at Encore, 171 unit mixed-income apartment building
Lot 9 Lot 9 –  Market-rate residential/office/hotel
Lot 10 Lot 10 – Market-rate residential/office/hotel
Lot 11 Lot 11 – Market-rate residential/office/hotel
Lot 12 Lot 12 – Grocery store


Encore is a sustainable community which will reach Gold status under the LEED-ND (LEED for Neighborhood Development) criterion.  Encore will include renewable energy systems; a district chiller plant; historic preservation of a 100 year old church which will be used for community services and eventually become Tampa’s African American History Museum; a walk able community with bike paths; 2 parks; historic trails and monuments; immediate access to current mass transit and future light rail; all located near Tampa’s largest employment center making for an excellent market for workforce and affordable housing.


The Housing Authority of the City of Tampa provides equal opportunity to participates in our housing programs. Any disabled person, outlined by the American With Disabilities Act, requiring a reasonable accommodation to make this process accessible may request such by contacting (813) 341-9101

Where can I get more Help?

Assisted Housing Information:
(813) 253-0551

Public Housing Information:
(813) 341-9101

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