Tampa, Fla. – University Area Community Development Corporation (University Area CDC) has been honored with an award for the creation of its innovative and beautiful new band shell entertainment facility and pavilion, from the Planning Commission. The award was presented at the 35th Annual Planning & Design Awards Presentation, on October 19 at T Pepin’s Hospitality Center.
The award letter stated, “The Jury found the submission contributes to a better quality of life in our community and serves as a model to learn from and emulate.”
University Area CDC is working to revitalize the University Area community through redevelopment and rehabilitation as well as service provision that supports permanent community sustainability and continues to build the collective efficacy of the neighborhood. For more than a decade, the University Area CDC has championed positive change in the neighborhood through the development of both its assets and its residents, who live in an area that, for decades, has been plagued by high crime, poverty and a lack of basic resources.
Recognizing the community’s need for entertainment and culture, the band shell was created, in partnership with Hillsborough County in September of 2015, to unite residents to celebrate diversity and enjoy community events. Two years later, a multipurpose pavilion adjacent to the band shell was built serve as a combined area where people come together to enjoy music, sports, events, and to make memories. The band shell and pavilion area will be the home of University Area CDC’s 6th Annual Gala on November 3rd, with the theme of “Art in the Park… After Dark.” Art, culture, and entertainment will be showcased throughout the event.
University Area CDC offers support for thousands of Tampa residents through youth programs, adult education and resource assistance. Its primary mission is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. For more information about University Area CDC, a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership and a designated Gold Bicycle Friendly Business, visit www.uacdc.org or call 813.558.5212.