Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Temple Terrace sets groundbreaking for downtown redevelopment

TEMPLE TERRACE — There is a light at the end of the tunnel for redevelopment of the city's downtown core.

"We are going to actually have a groundbreaking. This is pretty amazing," said Mike Dunn, city spokesman. "After all these years."

Officials made the announcement last week, scheduling the groundbreaking ceremony for 2 p.m. July 2 at the project site at the southeast corner of Bullard Parkway and 56th Street.

Redevelopment of the aging strip mall at the city's center has been in the works for nearly a decade.

The city bought 35 acres for about $22 million about 10 years ago with hopes of redeveloping the former Kash n' Karry Plaza. In 2004, the city paid $315,000 to a Maryland architecture firm to find out what residents wanted in a development. After two failed bids with other developers, the city forged an agreement with Vlass Group last year.

In the latest agreement, Temple Terrace will pay the roughly $20 million mortgage on the nearly 29 acres to be developed and retain the right to reacquire any undeveloped land if Vlass breaks the contract.

In addition to building retail shops, offices and residences, Vlass will make street, utility and infrastructure improvements, including creating a "main street" from the north end of the property to Chicago Drive on the south. Vlass has 13 years to complete all three phases.

The first phase of the project includes construction between Bullard Parkway and Chicago Avenue and will take place in two steps. A new Main Street will be paved from Chicago Avenue north to Bullard Parkway. The Sweetbay Supermarket will be renovated, and two other buildings will be destroyed. A community park will be built, as well as a new 26,000-square-foot building, which will house the 14,000-square-foot community arts and education center.

Jared Leone can be reached at (813) 226-3435 or [email protected]

Temple Terrace sets groundbreaking for downtown redevelopment 04/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 15, 2010 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Daniel Ruth: Advice for sniping school board members — Grow up or go away


    There are certain jobs in elective office that carry with them a slightly higher expectation when it comes to how one behaves in public.

    Hillsborough School Board members Tamara Shamburger, above, and April Griffin started off the brouhaha at a recent training session but it didn't end there. [Courtesy of Tamara Shamburger]
  2. What you need to know about Clearwater's $55 million waterfront plan


    CLEARWATER — It's the most aggressive revitalization investment the city has proposed in years and somewhat of a Hail Mary strategy to give visitors a daily reason to come downtown. The $55 million Imagine Clearwater plan unveiled in February calls for reshaping Coachman Park and the waterfront to have more …

    Renderings of the city's $55 million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment plan show the goal for the redeveloped waterfront. Much of the plan hinges on voters passing a Nov. 7 referendum question, which would allow for development on the Bluff.

  3. Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend across Tampa Bay (w/ video)


    The sky is going to put on quite a show the next couple of nights.

    The annual Opionid meteor shower can be seen in the night sky in the months of October and November. [Screengrab via video]
  4. Philanthropist Helen DeVos, wife of Orlando Magic owner and mother of Betsy, dies at 90


    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Helen J. DeVos, a philanthropist from western Michigan known for her support of children's health, Christian education and the arts, has died at age 90, her family said Thursday.

    Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos, left, waves to fans while watching court side with his wife, Helen, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Orlando. The family of Helen DeVos said the philanthropist from western Michigan known for her support of children's health, Christian education and the arts has died. She was 90. Her family said she died Wednesday, Oct. 18, of complications from a stroke following a recent diagnosis of myeloid leukemia. [Associated Press]
  5. Authorities: A man named 'Cabbage' sold soap, not cocaine, to undercover detective

    Public Safety


    Authorities: A man named 'Cabbage' sold soap, not cocaine, to undercover detective