Armature Works, Hall on Franklin among finalists for Tampa urban excellence awards

By Kelsey Sunderland

TAMPA (November 6, 2018) – Tampa Downtown Partnership has announced the 2018 Urban Excellence Awards finalists.

This year’s finalists are:

Activating spaces

  • Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority Pocket Parks, Phase I
  • Streetcar Live by Gasparilla Music Festival
  • Downtown Crawlers

Arts and culture

  • Tampa Museum of Art’s “Love is Calling” Exhibit
  • Tampa Bay History Center’s “Treasure Seekers” Exhibit
  • Pep Rally Inc.


  • TECO Line Streetcar Reimagined: Free Fares & Modernization & Expansion Study
  • 2018 Commuter Challenge Week
  • Madame Fortune Taylor Bridge Historical Marker Ceremony & Unveiling


  • Two Wheel Bike Valet
  • “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” Franklin Street Block Party
  • Tampa RiverFest 2018

Landmark development

  • Tampa Theatre
  • Armature Works
  • The Hall on Franklin


  • Don Me Now
  • Duckweed Urban Grocery
  • Maven Market Channel District

Private sector

  • The Wilson Co. – Gin Joint
  • SHUFFLE – The Heights Shuffleboard Society
  • Tampa Bay Fiber

Public sector

  • Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
  • Florida Department of Transportation – District Seven Jackson Street
  • Rampello Downtown Partnership K-8 Magnet School

Christine M. Burdick Person of the Year

  • Leo Rodgers
  • Abbey Dohring Ahern
  • John Bell

The awards, which celebrates businesses, organizations, individuals, events, and projects that have made significant contributions toward Downtown Tampa, will announce the winners Nov. 29 at Armature Works.