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Tampa unveils new plan to redevelop West River area

6:38 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Mayor Bob Buckhorn has some big plans to remake the western part of Tampa near the Hillsborough River.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Mayor Buckhorn joined InVision Tampa and the Tampa Housing Authority to unveil its West River master plan and recommendations -- a 10-year plan for the area west of the Hillsborough River and north of I-275.

PHOTOS: Tampa unveils West River master plan, recommendations

Redeveloping the West River area was identified by the InVision Tampa team as an integral next step in unlocking downtown Tampa's future potential.

Following the principles outlined in the Center City Plan and the unique needs of the community, the plan recommends demolishing public housing and creating a mix of affordable and market rate housing.

"Those little kids we see out there today that, right now, have a very limited future will have a much better future. And this neighborhood will be a neighborhood that we will be proud of," Buckhorn said at Wednesday's news conference.

The plan will also open access to the river and build a mid-rise apartment building on city acres near Columbus Drive.

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