Encore District Redevelopment


In 1930, Central Avenue became a full-fledged business district hosting restaurants and grills such as the Cozy Corner, Cotton Club, Apollo Theatre, and Little Savoy. Music icons such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, and James Brown performed at many clubs on Central Avenue. In 1950, Central Park Village was built and baseball great, Jackie Robinson stayed in a boarding house on Central Avenue. Ray Charles recorded his very first song "I Found My Baby There" while living on Short Emory Street, now a part of the Encore. “The Twist” was born on Central Avenue, and Ella Fitzgerald wrote the song, "A-Tisket-A-Tasket.”

Developmental Approach
  • Completed relocation of 483 families from the former Central Park Village in 2007.
  • Case management and supportive services continues to all relocated families.
  • The Encore district development is a LEED ND designed master planned community adjacent to mass transit, jobs, cultural, and recreational amenities.
  • Site Elements - roadways, storm water collection vault, streetlights, sidewalks, curbs, drainage system, drought tolerant landscape, potable water lines, pipes, and chilled water plant.
  • The Encore district development will contain roughly 1,500 units of mixed-income housing.

Encore District

Encore Buildings: New construction, includes four integrated interior 3-story garages. Amenities include: community rooms, fitness centers, business centers, wellness rooms, theatres, wi-fi cafés, laundry facilities, reading areas, game rooms, and swimming pools. Leased retail spaces include: B-Snipped Barber Lounge, St. Joseph’s Hospital BayCare Health System, Hillsborough County Public Schools Head Start, Hillsborough County Urban League, and Precinct Pizza.

Lot 5:3rd Party Developer - Proposed 150 Mixed Income Multi-Family Units, Mixed Use Development.

Lot 8: 3rd Party Developer - Proposed 320+/- Market Rate Multi-Family Units, Mixed Use Development.

Lot 9 - Independence

Lot 10: 3rd Party Developer - Proposed 125 Room Hotel and 270 Market Rate Multi-Family Units, Mixed Use Development (30,000 SF Retail).

Lot 11 - Legacy

Lot 12: 3rd Party Developer - Proposed 250+/- Mixed Income Multi-Family Units, Mixed Use Development (Grocery Store and Retail).

For more information, go to www.EncoreTampa.com


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