Tampa Natives Show to Feature Tampa’s Cigar Heritage

newmanThis week Eric Newman from the Newman’s Cigar Factory will be the guest on the Tampa Natives Show. The Newman Cigar Factory is the only remaining cigar factory operating in Ybor City. The factory is currently fighting new FDA regulations that will likely put the factory out of business. This will end a significant element of Tampa’s cultural identity. You can see information on the threat at: Save Cigar City.

 

The show will air Thursday, 8/8/14 at 7pm on the following stations:
Verizon #30   Brighthouse  #950  Comcast #20  (Hillsborough County wide)
Outside Hillsborough County you can view the show on the web:   http://www.tbcn.org/watchus
For more information about the Tampa Natives Show, contact Mario R. Núñez, Executive Producer at (813) 966-6966

 

Preservation Roundtable – August 2014

TPI color LogoHope everyone has been having a good summer – time to start getting back into the swing!
The Preservation Roundtable will meet on Wednesday, August 6th at 9:00 AM at the offices of TPI/Ybor Museum Society – corner of Palm Avenue and 18th St. (Angel Oliva Sr. Drive). in Ybor City.
Hope to see you there!

Relocated Ybor City Homes For Sale by the City of Tampa

915 Columbus DriveThe City of Tampa (“City”) and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Tampa (collectively, the “City”) gives notice pursuant to Part III, Chapter 163, Florida Statutes, of the request for submission of proposals for the sale of two (2) historic buildings located in the East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area and Ybor City Local Historic District. The historic buildings are located at 915 East Columbus Drive (the “Property”) and are being sold on an “As Is” basis. The Proposer is required to make a firm offer for the Property, submit an earnest money deposit equaling 5% of the offered purchase price, provide a completed and signed Land Sales Agreement and Project Proposal Form on the forms provided by the City. The earnest money deposit will only be processed if the City approves the proposal for the purchase of the Property. Upon acceptance of the Proposal by the City and approval of execution of the Land Sales Agreement by the Tampa City Council, the Proposer shall be required to pay the balance of the purchase price at closing as provided in the Land Sales Agreement and complete the rehabilitation of the historic buildings in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit proposals that are consistent with the local historic district, rehabilitation standards, applicable laws, ordinances and regulations governing the location.

All Proposers must submit the City of Tampa Project Proposal Form, earnest money deposit and a completed and signed Land Sales Agreement within 30 days of the date of publication of this advertisement or by Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 4:00p.m., whichever is later, to the City of Tampa Purchasing Department, 306 E. Jackson Street-2E, Tampa, Florida 33602. Mark the outside of the sealed envelope “RFP Disposition of Historic Buildings – East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area and Ybor City Local Historic District ”.

To obtain a City of Tampa Project Proposal Form, a Land Sales Agreement form and other information applicable to the Project, you may access the City website at http://www.tampagov.net/realestate. If a Proposer would like a Proposal package to be sent via U.S. mail, the Proposer should send an e-mail to Wanda.Thompson@tampagov.net or contact the Real Estate Division by calling (813) 274-8915.

Previews of the house will only be conducted on Friday, April 4, 2014 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. so that all interested parties may tour the Property. Be sure to check the City’s Real Estate Division website for any updates.

In selecting a proposal, the City is not bound to make the award on the basis of the highest monetary offer. It is the City’s goal to strengthen the mission and stability of the residential community. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all proposals, either in whole or in part, with or without cause, waive any informality of any proposals, cancel this request for proposals, and to make the award in the best interest of the City, subject to City Council approval.

Tour Ybor City’s Historic Buildings

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Ybor City’s historic buildings on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Many of the nearly 1,000 historically significant structures in Tampa’s National Landmark Historic District are run by private businesses, meaning you rarely get the chance to explore them. Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop is a tour of eight historic buildings that have been preserved, rehabilitated, or restored and adapted to meet modern needs.

Featured buildings for the Spring 2014 hop include: Carne ChopHouse, The Cuban Club, Design Styles Architecture, Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn, Florida Business Interiors, J.C. Newman Cigar Company, TMD Windows & Doors, and USAmeriBank. Each hop stop will provide a tour and refreshments.

Visit hop stops between 5-9 p.m. by riding a Jolley Trolley or strolling through the historic district. After hopping through Ybor City, enjoy live entertainment by Hot Sun, drinks and dessert at the After Party in the Ybor City Museum State Park Garden from 8-10 p.m.

Admission price is $35 per person until Feb. 28 when it increases to $45. Discounted tickets are available for Ybor City Museum Society members. To register, click on the link below or call (813) 247-1434.

REGISTER NOW

Help Save the Historic Cuscaden Pool

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On Thursday, January 23rd, the Tampa City Administration will be providing a cost estimate to City Council for modernizing Cuscaden Pool while retaining its historic features.  The current proposed plan is to retain the historic fabric of the exterior, and to build a brand new pool on the interior.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!  

The V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association is asking you to contact your City Council members to advocate for funds to be allocated for the necessary repairs and upgrades to Cuscaden Pool.   You can assist by:

1.      Attending Council on Thursday, January 23rd to speak during the Public Comments section at 9:00am (315 E. Kennedy Blvd, 3rd Fl.)
2.      Emailing all Council Members
3.      Calling Councilman Frank Reddick, VM Ybor area councilman: (813) 274-8189 or any At-Large Council Member

Background: The historic Cuscaden Pool was once the well-used jewel of the V.M. Ybor community when it was built in 1937 as part of the WPA Program.  It was closed in the 1997 due to disrepair and then rehabilitated and restored in the mid-2000s thanks in large part to a federal grant and CIT funding ($2,600,000+). The official re-opening came in 2005 – much to the delight of residents.

Unfortunately, residents and stakeholders in the Central Tampa / V.M. Ybor neighborhood have not had access to this local, community pool since early 2010. The historic pool and community facilities, weight room, classrooms, and exercise rooms were open for just 5 seasons before being closed due to water infiltration and pool filtration problems.  In addition to the pool, this facility housed an after school program that was extremely beneficial to the families in our community.

The City Administration, after including Cuscaden Pool in past proposed budgets, has now eliminated the proposed funding for repairs.  Please take a moment to let City Council know that Cuscaden Pool is important to the V.M. Ybor community and is an important piece of Tampa history that should be repaired and returned to public use.