Monday Morning Memo

Monday, April 12, 2021

Grand opening of The Square, a new temporary activation in Lykes Gaslight Park, set for Tuesday with the goal of gathering community feedback

Join us this Tuesday at 11:30am for the grand opening of The Square at Lykes Gaslight Square Park. The temporary public space activation features grab n’ go foods, moveable seating, and lighting. The organization would like to hear from those who live, work, and visit Downtown about the future of the park. Rather than a traditional public meeting or an online survey, the Partnership has opted to construct a temporary version of the potential improvements for the public to experience and engage while given the opportunity to offer feedback.


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Downtown Tampa’s biggest retail wish: Target, survey says

As part of the 2020 Worker and Resident Survey, when asked what retail store they’d most like to see Downtown, Target was the overwhelming top choice with 40 percent of the vote. Target was followed by Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods at 5 percent, Publix at 4 percent, Costco and Walmart at 3 percent and Aldi at 2 percent. In contrast, 33% of residents said they would not like a big-box store in Downtown at all.


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Downtown Tampa residents love the Riverwalk

The results of the 2020 Downtown Worker and Resident Survey showed that satisfaction with being able to get around on foot or via the streetcar has increased since previous surveys, with 57% of residents and 44% of workers saying they would still take the streetcar at the same frequency or slightly less if they had to pay a fare.


“Walking used to be a liability for Downtown Tampa,” said Robert Allen of HCP Associates, who conducted the survey on behalf of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.


Fifty-one percent of residents placed the Riverwalk as the top amenity, with the general waterfront coming in second at 17%. Workers gave the Riverwalk similar marks, with 42% saying it’s Downtown’s greatest asset and 18% citing waterfront access.


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Brightline exec says high-speed passenger system may connect with TECO Streetcar for Tampa-Orlando route

Brightline is entering more active discussions with the city of Tampa for potential station sites and a connection to the TECO Line Streetcar system.


The high-speed intercity rail company is evaluating three potential sites in Tampa and first-and last-mile connections for its Tampa-to-Orlando route.


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Selmon Extension set to open April 19th!

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is excited to announce that the Selmon Extension will open for traffic in the afternoon of April 19th! The Selmon Extension will be 1.9 miles long and offers drivers a safe transportation option for traveling between Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties for only 95 cents (each way with SunPass).


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We're hiring, join our team!

Are you our next Programming & Operations Administrative Assistant? Click the link below to learn more about the position and the Partnership.


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