Great places are built on strong foundations. Close proximity to businesses, schools, amenities and transportation enable opportunities. Housing, jobs and services bring life. But it’s the people who create real value and a sense of community.

West River’s pioneering heritage is being transformed into Tampa’s next great destination. Modern-day residences, offices, shops, restaurants, and riverfront recreation will make it a new central gathering place for the entire Tampa community to enjoy.

Making West River Tampa a Reality

Related Group – Master Developer Partner
Partner Established in 1979, The Related Group is Florida’s leading developer of sophisticated metropolitan living and one of the country’s largest real estate conglomerates. Since its inception, the privately held company has built, rehabilitated and managed over 100,000 condominiums, rental and commercial units. The firm is one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States with a development portfolio in excess of $40 billion in 40 years.

The Related Group has earned international status for its visionary designs and development of luxury condominiums, market-rate rentals, mixed-use centers and affordable properties – often in emerging neighborhoods that impact the lives of all demographics. The Related Group has redefined real estate by diversifying both its products and buyers, expanding internationally while also sponsoring public art installations that enhance cities’ global culture and streetscapes.

TIME Magazine named Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Related Group, Jorge Pérez, one of the top 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States. Currently, The Related Group has over 70 projects in varying phases of development.

Tampa Housing Authority – Master Developer Partner
Incorporated in 1939, the Tampa Housing Authority is the premier provider of affordable housing in the Tampa Bay area with subsidized rental assistance to approximately 14,251 families throughout the Hillsborough County area. Additionally, we are the State of Florida’s and the U.S. Virgin Islands HAP Program Administrator, managing over 43,000 Project-based Rental Assistance Vouchers. Our Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and has been recognized as a “High Performer” for the past 11 years by United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Eighty-one (81) years providing affordable housing in the Tampa Bay community is laudable on its own; add to that, the exceptional interaction with other organizations and the ability to work together for the common good as one reason why the Tampa Housing Authority has been recognized as Outstanding Housing Authority in the State of Florida, three times within the last five years.

Partnerships continue to be the key to our success! As affordable housing providers, we rely on development partners such as The Related Group to provide additional opportunities for the families we serve. Together we can leverage each other’s resources for a larger reach and greater impact on our communities.

We are proud to add that we manage 3,067 Affordable (PH and RAD) units in 18 housing communities, as well as 2,533 units of mixed-finance and mixed income housing including a 76-bed, 5-star Assisted Living facility.

A Pioneering

Madame Fortune Taylor Bridge Opens

The Madame Fortune Taylor Bridge connects West Tampa to downtown Tampa

The Ellinger Cigar Factory Moves to Hillsborough River

That spot is now home to Howard W. Blake High School, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park and Tampa Preparatory School

City of West Tampa is Incorporated

The site of the West Tampa City Hall is now the home of Freedom Park

Leon Claxton, Tampa’s first African American Millionaire, opens his stage show at the Florida State Fairgrounds

University of Tampa Spartans Play First Football Game

It was played at the historic I. W. Phillips Field on North Boulevard

Clara Frye Memorial Hospital for African Americans is Built

Today, the ninth floor wing at Tampa General Hospital is named in her honor

North Boulevard Homes Opens

534 units were built between Main and Spruce Streets, North Boulevard and Rome Avenue at a cost of $2 million

Howard W. Blake High School Opens

It replaced the Don Thompson High School in Tampa Heights and was for African American students, teachers and staff

George Edgecomb Becomes Hillsborough County’s First African American Judge

The namesake of the county courthouse, George Edgecomb, grew up in North Boulevard Homes

Vocal Group, Faith, Hope & Charity, Record Three No 1. Hit Songs

Zulema Cusseaux, Albert Bailey and Brenda Hilliard record The Hustle, To Each His Own, and Walk Away From Love

Relocation Begins

Between May 20, 2015, and August 30, 2015, 40 families moved from North Boulevard Homes and Mary Bethune Homes into homes of their choosing

The Tampa Housing Authority Selects The Related Group for the West River Project

As part of a larger vision to transform 120 acres on the west side of the Hillsborough River between I-275 and Columbus Dr.

Demolition Completed

Work crews demolished the last remaining 1940s-era apartment building in the North Boulevard Homes public housing complex

Renaissance at West River Breaks Ground

A 160-unit senior housing building marking the start of the West River development

Renovations of Mary Bethune Apartments Begin

The transformation of the former North Boulevard Homes and West River continues

Work Begins on Boulevard Towers

First phase of development will include 371 apartments and 6,300 square feet of retail

Renaissance Anticipated Opening

Fall of 2020 - The six-story Renaissance will help make the West River a focal point of the city’s continued redevelopment

Mary Bethune Anticipated Opening

Fall of 2020 – The renovated apartments will feature a new fitness center, community center, clubhouse, media room, and outdoor amenities

Boulevard Tower I, II, and III Anticipated Openings

Each tower will have its own fitness center, library with free computer access, game room, and community spaces

Boulevard Tower IV Anticipated Opening

The fourth and final multifamily tower that includes affordable and mixed-income housing will be ready for families

Boulevard Now Leasing