On November 6, our Fellows were invited for cocktails and conversation with Mayor Jane Castor, James Nozar and Elizabeth Randall on advancing wellness through urbanism in Tampa, Florida.

Doubling the size of Tampa's downtown, the mixed-use Water Street development reenvisions fifty-three acres of the city's underutilized waterfront as the world's first WELL-certified neighborhood. Designed to promote physical and mental health, the new neighborhood includes amenities like advanced recycling systems, outdoor physical activity programming, and a community wellness center.

Led by Strategic Property Partners, Water Street is notably financed by a single joint venture of Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’s Cascade Investment LLC. The unique single investment structure has streamlined design and development, enabling the project to quickly take shape on a largely speculative basis. Working with firms like COOKFOX, Gensler, Morris Adjmi Architects, KPF, Reed Hilderbrand and Elkus Manfredi, Water Street models a new approach to building dynamic downtowns in cities around the country.

We invited Mayor Jane Castor, James Nozar, and Elizabeth Randall to share their vision for the future of Tampa. Can private megaprojects generate sustainable urban economic growth and support citizen wellness?


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Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Attendance is exclusively available to Fellows of the Forum. Learn more about becoming a Fellow. 


Our Sponsors ↓

This program is made possible through the support of KPF, Rose Associates, SOHO China, Hines, Hudson Yards – Related and Oxford Properties, our Director’s Circle and Fellows.

Shape our inquiry and promote conversation between our Fellows and invited decision-makers. To learn more, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 646-928-0553, daniel@urbandesignforum.org.


About Private Development, Public Good ↓

This event is the seventh of our Private Development & Public Good program, a conversation series with civic leaders from New York’s peer cities. On its 40th anniversary, the Urban Design Forum launched its new Global Exchange program, to foster dialogue between New York and its peer cities as they pioneer new approaches to housing, infrastructure and open space.


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Strategic Property Partners