The City of Tampa and East Tampa CRA are excited to announce the launch of a Strategic Action Master Plan for the East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area. The purpose of this action plan is to identify the needs of both residents and businesses in East Tampa in order to create a plan of action and investment that enhances the quality of life and builds a strong sense of community within each neighborhood.
As part of this launch, a new website is available at WeAreEastTampa.com where residents and business owners can complete a community input survey to share their feedback on their top priorities for the future of East Tampa.
“We could not be more excited about this important step forward in lifting our East Tampa community to new heights, continuing our collaborative efforts to Transform Tampa’s Tomorrow,” says Mayor Jane Castor. “Investing in our neighborhoods through strategic projects is a top priority for Tampa’s residents and our administration. This master plan, developed in partnership with neighborhood residents, will do just that. The feedback we get from our community will serve as the blueprint for a brighter future that imagines a more vibrant and active East Tampa, shining a light on the historic neighborhood while focusing on its future possibility.”
“I'm proud to announce the official update of the East Tampa CRA's Strategic Action Plan,” says Tampa City Councilman and CRA Chair Orlando Gudes. “This much needed update will replace the original plan, which was created in 2009. I am calling on all residents who reside within the 7.5 miles of the East Tampa CRA and those who own property in the area to come forward and let your desires be heard. For far too long East Tampa has been shaped by what others think it should be. This is the opportunity for the residents and property owners to have a say in what happens in East Tampa.”
In addition to the online website, both virtual and socially-distant in-person gatherings will take place to engage the community and provide opportunities for resident feedback. The first community meeting will take place on December 3rd from 6:30-7:30pm via zoom. Those interested in participating may pre-register via the website.
The first in-person event is scheduled for December 5th from 10am-1pm at Ragan Park. This will be a “meet and greet” with city staff and an opportunity for residents to ask questions and fill out a paper survey. More information will be posted on the website as it becomes available.
For more information about the East Tampa CRA Strategic Action Master Plan, please visit WeAreEastTampa.com.