TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2019) –The Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC), in partnership with the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, announced that Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), a professional design, planning and engineering firm located in downtown Tampa, has been selected to lead the Ybor community visioning process that will result in a five year action plan.
“Community input will be imperative throughout this process to bring both the wants and needs of the community to the forefront,” said Ybor City CRA Manager Courtney Orr.
VHB will examine past vision plans to provide a roadmap for the district’s future with areas of focus to include: market analysis, urban planning, transportation and infrastructure.
The VHB team, led by Project Manager Neale Stralow commented saying, “VHB is thrilled to have been selected to lead the update for the Ybor City CRA Vision Plans. Our team looks forward to engaging the Ybor community to clearly appreciate current conditions, vision, and settle on priorities for the future. As a local firm, we are proud to play a role in this meaningful community process.”
VHB is a 40-year-old integrated services firm with more than 1,400 employees located in 30 locations throughout the east coast. The company works to improve mobility, enhance communities and economic vitality, and balance development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship. Joining VHB on this project are Open Workshop Architecture + Design and Landwise Advisors to provide architectural and retail market assessments.
“The Visioning process is now a crucial ingredient to continue to build the district’s economic progress. While we are experiencing significant development in the district, the action plan will allow our team to move identified objectives forward and continue the positive momentum,” said Ybor City CRA Manager Courtney Orr.
A meeting schedule for the Visioning Team will be released in the upcoming weeks.
About the Ybor City Development Corporation
Ybor City, only one of two nationally recognized landmark districts in Florida, has a unique background and diverse cultural heritage. The district is flourishing with culturally inspired architectural buildings and an eclectic mix of businesses and restaurants. Over the past 20 years, the district has undergone significant economic development and investment while also maintaining its historic charm. YCDC works to stabilize the district by securing the future of its historic structures and community and is a catalyst in rehabilitating deteriorated properties with architectural merit, creating jobs, and improving the district’s overall livability.
Anthony Kershner, Content Development Specialist
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Phone: 813-318-0565 Ext. 112