East Tampa Is Getting Rejuvenated; Locals Urged To Participate – Patch.com

1December 2020

TAMPA, FL– The city of Tampa and the East Tampa Neighborhood Redevelopment Location stakeholders will release the Strategic Action Master Strategy for the East Tampa Neighborhood Redevelopment Location.

The first neighborhood meeting will occur on Dec. 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. by means of zoom. Those thinking about getting involved may preregister by means of the site.

The first in-person event will be an outside meet-and-greet on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ragan Park, 1200 E. Lake Ave. Locals will have a possibility to ask concerns of city personnel and fill out a paper study.

The purpose of this action plan is to determine the needs of both locals and organizations in East Tampa and create a strategy and financial investment that enhances the quality of life and builds a strong sense of neighborhood within each community including Belmont Heights, College Hill and Jackson Heights.

The location is bounded by Hillsborough Opportunity to the north, 15th Street to the west, Interstate 4 to the south and 40th Street to the east.

The East Tampa Neighborhood Redevelopment Location was integrated into the city of Tampa in three different additions from 1911 to 1953.

Noteworthy websites in the district consist of the historically essential African American school, the St. Benedict the Moor School. The Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine started St. Benedict the Moore School in 1903. St. Benedict’s students were cuban and mainly black kids of workers in the stogie market in Ybor City and West Tampa.

In an era governed by racial partition, informing black kids was restricted by a 1913 Florida legislature that prohibited individuals of one race teaching another. Defiantly, the SSJ continued and challenged this law to teach. The 1913 law was eventually declared unconstitutional on May 20, 1916. The school was transferred to the Allegany Franciscans in 1944, and it continued to serve the neighborhood up until it was permanently closed in 1952 due to severe fire damage. The website is marked by a granite ribbon featuring a poem by Tampa Poet Laureate James E. Tokley Sr.

. East Tampa is also home to the 10,000-square foot community center at Cyrus Greene Park where a public art mural by Gary Moore commemorates the early days of the Negro Baseball League in Tampa in addition to the Belmont Heights Little League which has actually gone to the Little Leage World Series three times.

East Court is a gathering place at the corner of North 22nd Street and East 31st Opportunity, which consists of a significant mural and bench location with tile inlay. The mural consists of seven panels depicting neighborhood, family, education, fitness and sports, faith and law. The work by artist Charles E. Humes Jr. also features symmetric and geometric styles influenced by ancient African Adinkra symbols and Ashanti motifs.

As part of this launch, a new site is available at WeAreEastTampa.com where locals and entrepreneur can complete a neighborhood input study to share their feedback on their top priorities for the future of East Tampa.”We could not be more ecstatic about this essential step forward in lifting our East Tampa neighborhood to new heights, continuing our collective efforts to Change Tampa’s Tomorrow,” stated Mayor Jane Castor. “Buying our neighborhoods through tactical jobs is a top priority for Tampa’s locals and our administration. This master plan, developed in collaboration with community locals, will do simply that. The feedback we obtain from our neighborhood will act as the plan for a brighter future that imagines a more lively and active East Tampa, shining a light on the historic community while concentrating on its future possibility.”

“I’m proud to reveal the main upgrade of the East Tampa CRA’s Strategic Action Strategy,” stated Tampa City Councilman and CRA Chairman Orlando Gudes. “This much-needed upgrade will replace the initial plan, which was created in 2009. I am contacting all locals who live within 7 1/2 miles of the East Tampa CRA and those who own property in the location to come forward and let your desires be heard. For far too long East Tampa has actually been formed by what others think it must be. This is the chance for the locals and property owners to have a say in what happens in East Tampa.”

Locals can follow the development of the preparation effort at the WeAreEastTampa.com site.

Source: patch.com

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