TAMPA, Fla. — Some new and exciting changes are coming to Tampa Heights. City officials say these changes are all thanks to Downtown Tampa's Special Services District.
The district is expanding from downtown to Tampa Heights for the first time in 24 years.
"We have been working on this for a long time," said Maureen Ayral.
Ayral owns the Hall on Franklin building at N. Franklin St. and E. Henderson Ave. It opened a year ago, and she says it's doing great, especially the restaurant collective on the first floor.
"It has become a lifestyle," she said. "We want to grow in a purposeful way, and maintain the safety and character."
The Special Services District will provide a clean team, guides, the Downtowner shuttle service, beautification, and each business will be able to apply for $50,000 worth of grants.
"It's so exciting," said Bake'n Babes owner, Julie Curry. "It really helps bridge the neighborhood together."
Curry said this will take her business and others to a whole new level.
"Now downtown guest tours will be able to come here for lunch," said Curry.