U-900 Revitalizing Oldsmar Between Boulevard + Brand
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    AIA Tampa Bay Design Awards 2016
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Taryn Sabia
Florida Center for Community Design and Research
USF School of Architecture + Community Design 
In the Spring of 2016, the City of Oldsmar sponsored the Urban Studio Lab at the Florida Center for Community Design and Research to generate ideas for a new Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Master Plan and to create a plan for redevelopment of the State Street and Park Street areas. The purpose of this effort is to assist the city and residents of Oldsmar in generating an urban design master plan for the CRA.  The studio began with a community charrette that engaged local business leaders, residents, and City staff to gather input that significantly influenced the master plan and redevelopment concepts. The studio used these ideas to address a number of current issues facing the city including urban form, visual character, pedestrian access, place making, defining main street, sense of place and branding. 

The Greenside District redefines downtown Oldsmar by creating a high density, walkable district. The design incorporates green infrastructure and low-impact development techniques to promote public interaction and environmentally resilient new construction.  New mixed use development provides a way to organize growth that is walkable and helps strengthen the economy.

Historic Bay Central emphasizes sustainable transportation systems and an improved public space network to connect business and residential areas outside of downtown back into the city center. Key elements of this concept include a designated bus and downtown circulator system, improved bike lanes, and a bike share program to create a stronger connection from the waterfront to the CRA.

Arlington Square utilizes vacant properties near the Oldsmar Public Library and St. Petersburg Drive to create the new major public plaza with adjacent mixed use development. Design features for the new development emphasize culturally significance and sustainability through the creation of a new plaza that functions as the community center.