Buckhorn offers his own proposal for possible Raymond James campus
TAMPA -- Former Tampa City Council member Bob Buckhorn Thursday became the second candidate for mayor to float an idea about where Raymond James Financial might build a new satellite campus. Buckhorn's proposal is The Heights, a planned 50-acre, mixed-use development that calls for restaurants, offices, condos and entertainment on the eastern bank of the Hillsborough River, just north of Interstate 275.
"Seems to me that The Heights project represents a great opportunity," Buckhorn posted to his campaign Facebook page. "One of the highest elevations in the city with great view corridors to downtown. Could be the critical mass that stimulates redevelopment of our urban core. Zoning already done, entitlements in place and new mayor ready to make it happen."
Raymond James said this week that it expects to need room to grow in coming years, and it is thinking about establishing a satellite campus in Pasco or Hillsborough counties. For one thing, the company wants a location that would be less vulnerable to a hurricane than its low-lying headquarters in St. Petersburg. On Wednesday, the day the St. Petersburg Times broke the news of the company's thinking, former County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Ed Turanchik proposed the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory as a possible site.