Westshore Area Interchange Secures $1.4 Billion
The new Westshore Interchange will finally become a reality after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Transportation
that the project secured $1.4 billion in funding during the 2023-24 cycle as part of FDOT's five-year work program. Construction could take between four or five years.
In addition to new lanes and express lanes on State Road 60 and Interstate 275, the project will include a dedicated transit corridor between Westshore and Downtown Tampa, and new connections at Reo, Occident, and Trask Streets, where the streets currently dead-end into the interstate. Those three new north-south connections will facilitate Complete Streets improvements on West Shore Blvd. and Lois Ave. These improvements can occur during construction of the larger interchange. For more information, visit the Westshore Interchange project page or the FDOT work plan.
WESTSHORE DISTRICT WORKER & RESIDENT SURVEY
If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the 2019
. Encourage everyone at your organization - custodial staff, salespeople, wait staff, part time employees, administrative and C-suite officers - to voice their opinion. This 10 minute survey is your chance to let us know how best to enhance your Westshore District!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Brick House Tavern + Tap
Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP
Cardinal System Venture Holdings
Courtyard Tampa Westshore/Airport
ERP Analysts Inc
Fizen Technology CMIT Solutions Tampa
Impact Business Group
Lieser Skaff Alexander, PLLC
Lorien S. Johnson, PLLC
Muscle Activation of Tampa
New York Life Insurance Company
Pediatric Dentistry of Westchase
Riverside Heights Capital LLC
Suddath Workplace Solutions
The White Closet Bridal Company
Zenfully Aware Performance Coaching and Yoga
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Thank you to the following companies that have recently renewed their Alliance membership.
Shell - Mansour Brothers Enterprises
10 - 14 Years
Carter | VerPlanck
5 - 9 Years
Epicurean Hotel, LLLP
PrimeGroup Insurance Services, Inc.
Autism Shifts / Artistas Cafe
CIO Technology Solutions
Daniels Education Corporation
EM Phillips Construction Company, LLC
Grady Square Apartments
Instead of Flowers
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.
Sam Schwartz Engineering
Shutts & Bowen, LLP
The Law Place
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|BUSINESS + DEVELOPMENT
CAE USA, one of the leading training and simulation companies in the defense market, broke ground on its new state-of-the-art U.S. headquarters facility to be located at Tampa International Airport.
The new facility, which will be leased from Space Florida, is expected to be completed in 2022 and will be home to more than 600 Tampa-based CAE USA employees. MORE
|Jerry Ulm Dodge has opened its new facility at 2966 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. The former dealership building has been demolished to make space for a new Rooms to Go flagship store.
|Westshore based Baldwin Risk Partners' CEO says company's first day on the Nasdaq was a 'watershed moment' MORE
|Tampa International Airport served 22.166 million passengers in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, a 5.5 percent increase from 2018 numbers. The performance comes on the heels of strong domestic service growth led by Frontier and Spirit, and new international service, including nonstop flights to London on Norwegian Airlines and to Amsterdam on Delta Air Lines.
|New York firm with 1M square foot portfolio in Tampa Bay area buys TriPointe Plaza, home to restaurant Eddie V's MORE
IP Capital Partners, a Boca Raton-based private real estate investment and asset management firm, teamed up with an institutional capital partner to buy two assets in Tampa.
The partnership paid $145.8 million for the
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
, a 444-key hotel, and Bayport Plaza, a Class A, 265,976-square-foot office property. According to Yardi Matrix data, the previous owner was UBS Realty Investors.
|TRANSPORTATION & PLANNING
Transit between Downtown and Westshore included in Mayor's transportation recommendations
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor released the first of several
she commissioned since her election in May 2019. The first to be released was the
Transportation Advisory Team's report
that included several recommended policy and project changes, including a dedicated right-of-way transit study for service between Downtown and Westshore. Unlike the multiple studies connecting Downtown to the north and east, there are currently no feasibility studies for Downtown to Westshore. Funding for a bus rapid transit study from Tampa International Airport to the east was reallocated in 2018 to a bus rapid transit study of the Florida Avenue corridor.
The report suggests that Mayor Castor promote greenways and trails as transportation options. In September, the City's budget and All For Transportation
included two greenways from our
Westshore Transportation Action Plan
: Grady Ave. trail construction, and Gray St. Bicycle Boulevard study. Other projects include resurfacing Rocky Point Dr. and Westshore neighborhood streets, and improvements to Himes Ave. and O'Brien St.
Tampa Parks start Master Plan process
The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public comments as they start the development of their
. The City will host a series of eight meetings starting November 5, but the public can also comment on a survey on the
. The planning process will start in 2020.
Give TBARTA your opinion on regional transit
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority is in the process of planning Envision 2030, their 10-year transit plan.
Take their survey here
to help TBARTA prioritize projects and improve regional transit across five Tampa Bay counties, including Hillsborough. As a bonus, those who complete the survey can register for a Tampa Bay Lightning ticket giveaway.
Welcome Bank Manager
Hanisha Patel will lead
CenterState Bank's newly opened office on Westshore Blvd.
|COMMUNITY + MEMBER EVENTS