Ybor City CRA Vision 2020 Master Plan

Ybor City, FL

VHB worked with the City of Tampa, Ybor City Development Corporation, and the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission to update a vibrant and historic entertainment district’s Community Redevelopment Area master plan, as well as identify strategic actions to be completed within a short-, mid-, and long-term timeframe. The vision plan update is based on substantial community engagement and planning assessments that documented both the success and challenges existing within the National Historic Landmark District. Ybor City has a vibrant cultural environment that attracts talented people, merchants, and companies to its authentic and distinctive character, but needed to adapt to changing economic conditions and increasing development trends to continue its vibrancy for future generations.

VHB’s approach considered proposed market conditions, embraced historic architectural design, and engaged both business owners’ and resident’s perspectives. Communities that are serious about being resilient, equitable, and sustainable must attract development investors, residents, and visitors to improve their competitiveness. Some 2020 Vision Plan action items include activating alleys as entertainment venues, incentivizing shared parking and ride share, increasing access to fresh food, creating pocket parks and green spaces, and providing transportation options that link people to other neighborhoods. VHB helped Ybor City identify its competitive advantage and position the National Historic Landmark District to achieve its vision. Through a series of assessments and discussions, backed by real-world experience and values, the plan update serves as a clear road map that will help decision makers, developers, property owners, residents, and businesses make the decisions necessary to achieve the community’s own consensus-driven vision.

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Client

  • City of Tampa and the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, Florida

Services

  • Community Redevelopment Planning

  • Cultural Preservation Planning

  • Downtown Revitalization Planning

  • Economic Impact Analysis

  • Healthy Communities

  • Master Planning Services

  • Parking Capacity Analysis

  • Public Outreach

  • Pedestrian Safety Studies

  • Resiliency Planning

Awards

  • 2020 Hillsborough County Planning Commission Planning and Design Award of Merit winner

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