After 10 years of dreaming and planning, Temple Terrace is finally
breaking ground on its new downtown.
project blends the efforts of public and private entities. The city of Temple Terrace
sold 30 acres of land to the Vlass Group upon approving the master
developer after an extensive bidding process. Vlass Temple Terrace, LLC
has drawn up plans
that paint a bustling downtown
with ample commercial, residential
and entertainment opportunities.
"The area is
mixed use and includes residential and commercial facilities for resale
in an area where young people can move in and have everything at their
fingertips," says Temple Terrace Mayor Joe Affronti. "They'll have easy
access to good transportation
interstates. It has a grocery store, restaurants, banking, a library and
a cultural arts center, all of which should mean a lot if they're
looking for convenience.
"This $160 million
project is going to upgrade the entire region
and enhance the value of the community,"
continues Affronti. "Especially for those who currently live here. It's
probably the biggest project going on in the area at this time."
Mike Vlass of the Vlass Group has great things to
say about Temple Terrace and its residents. "The mayor has been an
incredible advocate with wonderful vision," says Vlass. It's evident
residents care about their community. They wanted to do something that
made sense. Sometimes people want to do projects and they don't make
sense. But their vision makes sense."
passionate about downtown redevelopment. "We are extremely sensitive to
the trends in new urbanism," he says. "We have for the last 10 years
gone into dense areas that have vacant, wasted spaces in ruins. We're
recycling these wasted areas, tearing them down and creating something
Groundbreaking takes place July 2.
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Joe Affronti, City of Temple Terrace; Mike Vlass, Vlass Temple Terrace,