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ENCORE Urban Development, Ella Ribbon Cutting

VoltAir partnered with the City of Tampa Housing Authority on its multi-family, urban residential development built on a 28-acre site. This project marks the rebirth of one of Tampa’s historic neighborhoods, located adjacent to downtown and in a low-income region, which had fallen on hard times over the past decades. To date, over 440 residential units, in three multistory buildings have been built. VoltAir has been a proud supporter of this important project since it’s inception. At the ribbon cutting of the first phase, the “Ella Building” (named after the musician Ella Fitzgerald) in December 2012, Julius Davis served as a keynote speaker.

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During his remarks, Julius spoke about the neighborhood’s colorful musical and cultural history, the upcoming changes to the site, the City of Tampa’s long-term vision for the area, the benefits to the residents and local businesses, and the importance of restoring this community’s prestige and quality of living. The audience was filled with community leaders, church icons, city council members, business leaders, etc. In addition, Julius was a representative on the City of Tampa’s Planning Arts Committee, which helped solicit, interview and select the artists that would create the public artworks on display throughout the development.

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