Central Park Village Proposal discussed at Tampa City Council

06/21/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Last night on the Evening News, WMNF aired an interview with a member of the Tampa Bay Human Rights Coalition – James Evans, and his concerns about the proposed 28 acre project the Tampa Housing Authority is developing in conjunction with Bank of America.

The Housing Authority said earlier this week that Central Park Village , a public housing complex located just north of downtown Tampa, is set to be demolished next month.

The Housing authority is working on insuring that all of the hundreds of families at Central Park will be able to find housing soon.

But one man who says he SUPPORTS the plan but has questions that remain unanswered, today addressed the Tampa City Council about the proposal.

James Evans is with the Tampa Bay Human Rights Coalition. He said he has 8 questions that he’d like Housing Director Jerome Ryans to answer – now. Evans provided the City Council with questions, and said he’s also sent those questions to Congresswoman Kathy Castor and State Representative Betty Reed (roll tape#1 o.q. “blighted housing area”)

That prompted Housing Authority Director Jerome Ryans to say that his attorneys say that allegation isn’t true (roll tape#2 o.q.” is doing”)

The discussion took place during the CRA portion of the Council Meeting Thursday, chaired by Councilman Thomas Scott….It was nearly exactly a year ago when Scott, at the time serving on the Hilllsborough County Commission , proposed his own series of questions that he demanded be answered. Those questions brought a torrent of criticism on Scott, which he remarked upon (roll tape# 3o.q.”on your findings”)

There is also a dispute on whether or not Ryans has met with James Evans about his questions….Ryans said Evans has had plenty of opportunites to make his concerns known (roll tape#4 o.q.”chose to do that”)

The City Council’s Attorney said he would study the questions submitted by Evans and present those back before the Council.

Most of the other questions that James Evans has posed contend with housing for those families of those who will be leaving Central Park Village in the next 10 days.

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