The Belmont Heights Neighborhood Revitalization in Tampa, Florida transformed the existing gated, barracks-style public housing into a vibrant new mixed-income residential neighborhood consistent with Florida’s best traditional communities.
The new master plan, generated through a series of community meetings, knits the new streets and houses into the surrounding traditional neighborhoods. The plan capitalizes on the site's greatest natural amenity, beautiful large Live Oaks and other tree species, by maintaining the tree canopied streets, and by creating new parks and greens which also saved large stands of existing mature trees. These new greens organize, and provide a sense of identity for the new community.
Single-family, duplex, and Grand House (four-plex) residences are designed in the Florida Craftsman style, and community buildings are designed in the Spanish Colonial style indigenous to the area. All residences have front or side porches, as is customary in traditional Florida neighborhoods, and resemble the single-family house style of the surrounding area.
There is a mix of homeownership, market-rate rental, and subsidized rental units offered to persons at a wide range of income levels. Four new community buildings, including a new educational facility equipped with computers and other digital equipment, are available for the educational, social, and daily needs of residents.
74 acre site
860 residential units
3 community centers
1 community center/educational facility
Sustainable Design Elements:
preserved exisitng trees and landscape
utilized local building styles and traditions
created a walkable community
reconnects residents to existing neighborhoods