UT Grows West Along Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa

The University of Tampa is continuing to grow its campus along Kennedy Boulevard west of downtown Tampa.

To accommodate the university's future growth and needs, UT administration recently announced it will be demolishing the university-owned buildings recently vacated by Olin Mott Tire Co. at 1119 W. Kennedy Blvd. and Complete Auto Remarking Specialist at 1107 W. Kennedy Blvd.

The property, owned by UT, is located just west of campus on Kennedy Boulevard.

“The demolition represents a step forward in the future development of the property for the university's needs,” says Eric Cárdenas, direct of public information and publications for UT. “Due to UT's current campus location and its natural and structural borders, it makes sense to utilize this property.”

Demolition of the buildings began the week of February 13th while future construction plans and timeline details are still in the planning stages.

“No announcements have been made yet,” Cárdenas says. “We expect the property will eventually be used to construct facilities to best support UT's academic, co-curricular and residential needs. We're excited for what's to come.”

Currently, UT is continuing work on the two-phase expansion project of the Bob Martinez Athletics Center. Completion of the center is expected by Fall 2012.

“As UT has grown in enrollment, and in stature, we've been eager to provide students the facilities they need to receive a top education,” Cárdenas says. “[Along with current construction], we believe these West Kennedy Boulevard spaces will strengthen UT's primary mission: To provide an outstanding educational experience for its students.”

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Eric Cárdenas, University of Tampa
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