The Tampa region can expect to see a lot more of Lightning owner Jeff Vinik in the coming years.

Vinik may be shutting down his namesake hedge fund, but rather than go into seclusion, he plans a host of new projects around town, from developing the neighborhood around the Forum where his hockey team plays, to a new focus on philanthropy, and helping his former employees start new companies and land on their feet.

Vinik laid out the broad strokes of his vision to The Tampa Tribune on Thursday, particularly with his neighborhood in downtown.

“We want to make this place an area where residents of the whole Tampa Bay can come to enjoy,” he said. “Barring a recession, we feel pretty good about what's ahead of us.”

Perhaps the first area of work will be two large parking lots on both the east and west side of the Forum. Right now, they are used for parking during game time, and overflow parking for the Marriott Waterside hotel. In the future, the spaces could transform much more into hubs of an entertainment neighborhood around the Forum – something that links the Forum on the West with Channelside Bay Plaza on the East.

Some of those plans have been in the works for several years, but Vinik said now he'll have the chance to focus on them and move forward, if carefully.

“We've gone from master planning our master plan to actually master planning,” Vinik said chuckling, while sitting at the head of a large conference table in the Forum offices. “We want to be thoughtful here. We have big dreams, and a lot of different opportunities ahead of us, but we want to be thoughtful and careful about what we are doing.”

Vinik also has ownership stakes in property north of the Forum, which many have considered a likely site for a potential baseball stadium.