What’s going on with the Tampa Riverwalk Expansion?

Since our last write-up on the Tampa Riverwalk Expansion, there have been several new developments in the plan.

Rendering of the Rome Yards development showing two large buildings with a row of palm trees between and grassy area in front.

Rome Yards will feature green spaces, affordable housing, retail, and shopping.

Rendering via Related Group

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Since our initial write-up on the Tampa Riverwalk Expansion, a lot more has developed with the plan. We figured we may as well bring you all up to speed.

The major talking piece? 15-minute neighborhoods coming to spots along the Riverwalk.

(If you need a refresher, read our previous story about the Tampa Riverwalk Expansion before heading back here for the updates.)

Since our last article...

  • Plans for the new West Riverwalk call for three new residential towers around W. Kennedy Boulevard and S. Parker Street.
  • Developer Related Group anticipates breaking ground on the three new towers in early 2024.
  • The new neighborhood’s name? The Riverwalk District.
  • Related Group also has preliminary plans for retail space to accompany the roughly 1,000 housing units.
  • Another West Riverwalk development, Rome Yards (also headed by Related Group), will bring about 600 affordable housing units — 954 units in total — to the area between Rome Avenue and the Hillsborough River.
  • Rome Yards will also feature retail + dining, a workforce training center, a great lawn, amphitheater, and a cultural arts center.
Rendering showing the Rome Yards development sitting along the river.

The Riverwalk extension will cut through the development from the Hillsborough River to the East, to Rome Avenue to West.

Rendering via Related Group

So... what’s a 15-minute neighborhood?

Think: dense, walkable communities that provide everything you may need within a 15-minute walk or bike ride.

Neighborhoods on the Riverwalk can make this easier to accomplish by providing easy, walkable access to places like work, restaurants, services, and retail, thanks to the Riverwalk expansion.

Curious about what these neighborhoods could look like? Cities like Portland and Detroit have deployed similar plans, but every city’s approach can be different — from widening bike lanes or sidewalks, to making riverwalk mobility more accessible, like Tampa.

You can stay updated on Riverwalk expansion progress via the City of Tampa’s website — or you could just wait for our next update. 😉