Main Street / Old West Tampa

Main Street intersection

The commercial district at Howard and Main is one of the oldest districts in the City of Tampa, characterized by ornate architecture, a variety of uses, and many assets on which to create a vibrant mixed-use center.  Main Street connects the commercial center to the Hillsborough River and the emerging developments at West River.  It is a vital multi-modal connection with a rich cultural heritage.  The Neighborhood Commercial District Plan will establish a vision for the area and identify specific public improvements that will position the Main Street / West Tampa corridor as a vibrant, mixed-used neighborhood commercial center.

Help Plan the Main Street Neighborhood Commercial District

What are your "likes" and "dislikes" about the Main Street Neighborhood Commercial District? What is your big idea? What are some of the locations in the District that you feel are assets or need improvement? Try our Main Street Neighborhood Commercial District mapping application. Think of this site as an online white board - a place to share practical and resourceful ideas about improving the district.

December 8 Main Street Virtual Community Meeting

On Tuesday, December 8, the City of Tampa Planning Department will host a webinar on the Main Street Neighborhood Commercial District Plan. This is the second of a series of public outreach efforts to gather thoughts, ideas, and comments from the community on the future of the Main Street Neighborhood Commercial District.

The Study Area

The Main Street / West Tampa Neighborhood Commercial District Plan will address development issues along a 1-mile stretch of Main Street from North Armenia Avenue to North Boulevard.  The Plan also includes the commercial center at Howard and Main and extends 0.5 mile along Howard Avenue from Green Street to Beach Street. 

Study Area Map


The Planning Process

The planning process will encompass three phases, take approximately 8 months to complete and will include broad based community engagement to ensure the Planning Team hears and understands the community issues, opportunities and values for the District. 

Phase I: Currently Underway

Listening and Exploring

October 2020 – December 2020

We will use a variety of online and conference call tools to hear your ideas, concerns and hopes for a better Main Street.  At the same time, our Project Team will conduct research and compile data about the corridor.  At the end of this phase, we will produce a vision of a reimagined Main Street and a summary of the community issues and opportunities to achieving that vision.

Phase II

Conceptual Design Development

January 2021 – March 2021

Based on the comments you provide and input from our Project Team, we will develop various conceptual design options for the future of Main Street.  This may include new street layouts, possible hardscape materials, landscape design, street and pedestrian lighting, and signage and wayfinding. The concepts will also consider utility impacts, existing structures, and landscape.

Phase III


April 2021 – May 2021

Based on the feedback we receive from you, we will refine the concept designs into one solution for the Main Street Neighborhood Commercial District. The plan will include a detailed implementation plan, identifying steps, actions and capital projects to be undertaken.

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