TAMPA, FLA – Property Markets Group (PMG) and Baker Barrios Architects, Inc. (BBA) have been awarded to develop a Master Plan for Robles Park Village by the Tampa Housing Authority (THA). As Master Planner, PMG and BBA will provide the redevelopment plans for the existing Robles Park Village public housing neighborhood. The redevelopment of Robles Park Village is a continuation of the Tampa Housing Authority’s persistent and creative efforts to enhance Tampa and provide the residents of the city access to the highest quality housing in the country.
“Our vision is to plan the redevelopment of Robles Park Village into a modern neighborhood that respectfully pays tribute to the site’s heritage and culture,” said Dan Coakely, Principal of PMG Affordable. “We wish to rebuild by actively engaging the existing community, and sincerely listen to and understand the hopes and needs of the residents to create a soulful community that interweaves with the surrounding neighborhoods and celebrates its rich history and bright future.”
PMG and BBA are committed to the responsibility of redeveloping the property and expanding the inventory of on-site affordable housing at Robles Park Village. The redevelopment project will be substantial and could include nearly 1,000 new residences and generate a significant number of jobs in the community. However, the project is much bigger than the new buildings and landscape it will create. Focuses such as community wellness, financial well-being and the importance of preserving history will all be a priority, including paying homage to the Zion Cemetery and implementing plans to make the historical site into a park.
“THA is excited about the start of this much awaited master planning event and encourages residents, community stakeholders and interested parties to participate at every opportunity and help us create a better community for all,” said Leroy Moore, Chief Operating Officer of Tampa Housing Authority.
Keeping essential health protocols in mind, the PMG and BBA teams are dedicated to listening to and working closely with the existing Robles’ residents and members of the surrounding community to incorporate their feedback into the plans. To that end, a staffed project office will open on-site in one of the homes at Robles Park Village on October 1.
“We are incredibly humbled to have been selected among a pool of some of the best master planning development teams in the state of Florida,” said Tim Baker, CEO and Founding Principal of BBA. “We are honored to be working alongside PMG to redevelop Robles Park Village and provide vibrant housing and amenities to contribute to the Tampa Housing Authority’s initiatives for the citizens of Tampa. Respecting the significance of the African American history and culture will be a defining element of the project, and we are fortunate to have the well-regarded historian and community leader Fred Hearns as part of the team.”
Launched in 2019 and led by Dan Coakely, PMG Affordable is a division under PMG developing new affordable housing assets as well as acquiring existing affordable housing and Section 8 properties nationwide. PMG Affordable utilizes its 30 years of experience, resources and capital relationships to partner with various groups committed to excellence and a mission-driven approach to preserve and deliver quality affordable housing for areas with the greatest need. Baker Barrios Architects, Inc. is one of the leading Master Planning and Urban Design firms in Florida, and recently collaborated with the Tampa Housing Authority on the historic and well-regarded Encore development.
About PMG Affordable
PMG Affordable launched in New York and is expanding into several markets across the country, building upon PMG’s national platform and utilizing the firm’s extensive resources. PMG Affordable’s target markets include New York, the Southeast with a focus on Florida, Texas, and select markets in the Southwest where PMG is currently active with development projects. As a whole, PMG has led the acquisition, financing, development, construction, and marketing for more than 85 residential buildings and over 150 real estate projects throughout the United States and will continue to expand the firm’s portfolio by developing affordable housing assets and acquiring existing projects under PMG Affordable.
For more information, visit www.propertymg.com.
About Baker Barrios Architects, Inc.
Baker Barrios Architects, Inc. is among the most innovative commercial architecture and design firms in the Southeast. Spanning more than two decades, the company has practiced a sustainable approach to architecture through a strikingly wide range of work from world-class entertainment, hospitality and retail environments to corporate, education, healthcare and multi-family residential properties. Headquartered in Orlando, with projects throughout the United States, the service based practice includes architecture, interior design, planning, and landscape architecture. Since its inception in 1993, Baker Barrios continues to enrich communities by transforming the present, shaping the future and making tomorrow a better place.
For more information, visit https://www.bakerbarrios.com/.