Tampa's Strategic Action Plan for Research Paper

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.." (Channel District Redevelopment Area Strategic Action Plan, nd) Because of this increase in demand there must be a facilities upgrade and additions such as new water lines to the water system. The projected water demand for the Channelside District include those listed in the following table labeled Figure 3 in this study.

Channel District Projected Water Demand

Source: Channel District Redevelopment Area Strategic Action Plan, nd

It is stated in the project report that the projected water demand has been reviewed by the City of Tampa Water Department and that these improvements "...are based on the assumption of water availability at the intersection of Channelside Drive and Adamo Drive. It is anticipated that extension of a new transmission main from other City water mains to this location may be required. A water main connecting at that intersection will be outside of the Channel District boundary, and therefore may require alternative funding mechanisms than those within the District. The Water Department is evaluating the need for this facility with consideration to other City needs. Size and location of such a facility should be identified prior to initiating the design of the District's upgraded system. One such facility is a water transmission main from the Cass Street/Pierce Street intersection to Adamo Drive/Channelside Drive intersection the storm water system in the Channel District collects the stormwater and conveys is through a series of inlets and pipes both inside and outside of the district. It is related in the report that a small part of the District receives 'water quality treatment' and that these areas are 'primarily the developments that have been constructed since the early 1990's.' (Channel District Redevelopment Area Strategic Action Plan, nd)

Wastewater needs were estimated by using the same information stated in Figure 3 above these demands were reviewed by the City of Tampa Wastewater Department who proposed improvements which included: (1) upgrading of the lift station; (2) upsizing of certain collector gravity lines; and (3) improvement of the 19-inch factor in the availability of additional capacity in the northern system." (Channel District Redevelopment Area Strategic Action Plan, nd) There are stated to be two way s that improvement to the line would enable increased capacity: (1) could be upsized; or (2) the force main could be extended to the manhole at the intersection of Adamo Drive and North15th Street. (Channel District Redevelopment Area Strategic Action Plan, nd) the project report states that it will be better to upgrade instead of keeping the existing lines since the age of these lines will result in more problems and higher costs in the long-term.

The storm water system will follow the process of the roadway improvements and will be upgraded accordingly. Requirements of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) are that proposed improvements receive water quality treatments. Recent developments including the Garrison Seaport Center as well as Cruise Terminals #3 and #4 have all either installed or permitted underground facilities specifically for treating runoff from stormwater. Additionally, residential projects are also proposing facilities for underground stormwater treatment. Toward this end, the project report states that the "...consultant team and City staff met with SWFWMD to discuss the potential for a regional treatment system that could be used by both individual developments as equivalent treatment, and for the treatment of city streets. SWFWMD had no objection to such facilities provided they meet their regulations at the time of permitting and construction. In this scenario, developments would be required to pay a fee for using a part of the City system as an equivalent treatment or if they fall within the treatment basin. However, due to space limitations, the availability of property, the number of basins conveyed through the District, and major conflicts with existing and proposed improvements, District wide water quality treatment is not feasible. The proposed alternative is for two underground systems constructed to provide treatment for the York Basin and McKay Basin, which are approximately 35 acres each. It is proposed that each system will be designed to provide treatment for the first 1/2-inch of runoff. The outfall pipes from these basins currently discharge into the Ybor Channel through a 48-inch Reinforced Concrete Pipe (RCP) under York Street and a 42-inch RCP under McKay Street. Once constructed, the runoff from each basin will be directed to the underground treatment system prior to discharge into the Ybor Channel through the existing outfalls. The proposed system is a pre-cast vault system with an underdrain for water quality treatment. Each system being will be installed under the roadway surface, within the right-of-way of York Street and McKay Street. Prior to construction, the Tampa Port Authority (TPA) will review final design plans. Because the proposed vaults are to be installed in existing ROW, alternative designs may have to be considered as TPA develops plans for the surrounding property. The City will be responsible for maintenance and operation of these facilities once constructed." (Channel District Redevelopment Area Strategic Action Plan, nd)


The Channel District project report states that a list provided by the City of Tampa contained all the names of utility owners and all of the same were provided with notification of the meeting that was to be held for the purpose of presentation of the intent of the SAP as well as for identification of the existing utility system structure. Results and activities for each of these are reported as follows:

1) Power-Tampa Electric Company (TEC): There are a number of overhead utilities within the District. They are primarily power distribution facilities owned by TECO. The company owns all the poles that support these facilities. Within the core of the District, power service to the existing developments is primarily through polemounted transformers. A TECO substation located at the southwest corner of Washington Street and 11th Street services the distribution system. An overhead transmission line entering the Channel District from the area of Adamo Drive and Channelside Drive services this substation. From this point, the transmission main runs along the south side of Lee Roy Selmon Expressway ROW to N. 12th Street, turning south through 12th Street ROW to Twiggs Street, and turning west down the Twiggs Street ROW to Meridian Avenue. From this point the transmission line heads south through Meridian Avenue ROW to Washington Street intersection. From this point the facility splits into two lines one heading west to CBD and one east to service the substation.' (Channel District Redevelopment Area Strategic Action Plan, nd)

Proposed changes are stated to be inclusive of eliminating lines overhead and placing underground facilities in their proper location. Proposed as well for elimination of the overhead transmission lines affects on the core area of the District is the continuation of the transmission line that runs on the south edge of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway ROW to Meridian Avenue. It is held by the report that this particular location "will require close coordination with THEA and the developments along the south border of the Expressway ROW.

2) Natural Gas - TECO Peoples Gas: The Channel District is currently served by natural gas. TECO Peoples Gas owns these facilities. They identified these lines and provided a general plan of expansion. However, without specific projects to consider, Peoples Gas has identified that they cannot provide a specific design for expanded use in the District. (Channel District Redevelopment Area Strategic Action Plan, nd)


The communication system for the Channel District is stated in the project report to be "served by a number of different communication companies. Most of these lines are located underground with some however, located via overhead lines and placed on TECO poles. The plan states that these lines fall within the requirements of the District improvement plan which states that they are to be buried underground. The plan proposes that "...the various communication lines be combined into one duct bank within each road ROW, especially, as part of the complete reconstruction of the 60' ROW roads." (Channel District Redevelopment Area Strategic Action Plan, nd)


The 'Fire Station and Berth Facility' specifics have been planned collaboratively between city staff and consulting Tampa Fire Department staff in order to review the developments that are predicted and the accompanying growth of the Channel District's population. Indications of the Fire Department are stated as "at a minimum a new EMS facility would be required given the 20,000 people who will eventually work and live within the area. Additionally stated is that the Fire Department "is in the process of activating a new fireboat, which they may consider having berthed in the District, provided such facilities can be incorporated into the Port's operation. It would be preferred to combine the two facilities into one, along the waterfront. This type of facility will require a comprehensive study as well as review and close coordination with the Tampa Port Authority. This effort is beyond the current scope of work. However, an estimated budget has been…

Sources Used in Document:


Channel District Redevelopment Area Strategic Action Plan (nd) Chapter 1 - Executive Summary. Online available at http://tampafl.gov/dept_economic_and_urban_development/files/the_channel_district_community_redevelopment_area_plan/SAP/Chapter_1_Executive_Summary%20.pdf

Issues Relating to Transportation and Mobility in the Downtown Area (ND)


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