Although first settled in the mid-19th century, New Tampa remained undeveloped until the late-1980s, when the city of Tampa annexed the 24-square-mile area. Its oldest neighborhood being Pebble Creek with its oldest area residing within the Tampa city limits being Tampa Palms. Although originally developed when the area was still unincorporated, it did not thrive until the district boom of the 1990s. Most of the city's growth in the 1990s occurred in this district.
The is explosive growth in New Tampa, in both residential and commercial properties which has led to a large amount of infrastructure improvements being made to accommodate the area's rapid growth. Numerous residential developments, including high density housing (condominia, townhouses, etc.), continue to dot the landscape. Several retail outlets in the area have been completed (Shops at Wiregrass in nearby Wesley Chapel) or are under construction (Cypress Creek Town Center, near Wesley Chapel and Lutz). Many major roadway improvements have recently begun and/or been completed. These include the widening of Cross Creek Blvd., the construction of the I-75 flyover ramp from the westbound traffic lane of Bruce B. Downs Blvd to the southbound lane of I-75. Roadway projects also in future city planning are the widening of Bruce B Downs Blvd from Bearss Ave. east to the County Line Rd. intersection and the construction of the highly debated East-West road to connect New Tampa Blvd. directly to I-275 south (to be located north of Livingston Ave Bridge and the Bearss Ave Exit).
Some areas within New Tampa include:
Boundary depicted and information deemed accurate, but not warranted. Source: Wikipedia