Belmont Heights

Tampa, FL

“The plan creates a sense of identity and character by saving the beautiful Live Oaks on the streets and in new community parks.”

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.

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Project Data

74 acre site
mixed-income community
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



Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award


American Institute of Architects Housing PIA Award

Torti Gallas + Partners understands how to integrate and transform neighborhoods for the connected world.

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