With all the developments going on in Tampa there are bound to be some hiccups here and there. A few weeks ago the City of Tampa said, “No” to four development groups who were looking to get in on all the development for the West River Project.
Previous Mayor Bob Buckhorn said, “The West River property should attract a world-class development that both celebrates the history of West Tampa, meet the community needs and is financially attractive.”
The city was looking for proposals from developers in order to get ideas for two pieces of land south of Columbus drive and just west of the Hillsborough River.
The West River Project is a joint effort between Tampa Housing Authority and the Related Group of Florida. They are based out of Miami and have plans to redevelop the 44 acres that was was home to the now demolished public housing complex.
The goal is to develop the area west of the rived into 676 mixed-income apartments, condos and/or other types of house. There will be five projects with a total cost of more than $121 million dollars.
Plans include 1,600 residences, hotels, and retail and office space. Of the 1,600 residences half of them will be renting or selling at market prices while the other half will be subsidized affordable or workforce housing.