OSHNA approached the City of Tampa about doing a commercial study of Old Seminole Heights. The City had previously hired the firm Social Contract to do just such a study city wide. Social Contract pulled the data for the stretch of Nebraska Avenue from Hillsborough Blvd to the river with a one mile and three mile radius out. The data was compiled in February of 2009 which is very recent.
Some of the interesting trends in the area are that our per capita income is slightly higher than the average for Tampa but our population density is also higher. This means we have more disposable income in our neighborhood than many other areas of the city. Our housing prices are up and our crime is down. All of this points to a welcoming environment for various forms of retail. In this case, it shows OSH is ripe for as many as 8 new restaurants.
The full report is available online in the committee dropdown under Land Use. If you know of a business that is considering a Seminole Heights location, please send them a copy!