East Tampa Properties for Sale by City of Tampa

The 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 real  properties  located in the East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area.

3404-n-29th-street-frontThe real properties are located at 3904 East 15th Avenue, unimproved property and 3404 North 29th Street, a single family residence (individually the “Property”). Photographs of the Property are available for viewing on the Real Estate Division website under the heading “Request For Proposals”.  Each Property is being sold on an “As Is” basis. There will be one Open House Event at 3404 N. 29th Street on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. so that all interested parties may tour the residence.

All Proposals are due for submission on the City of Tampa Project Proposal Form, along with the earnest money deposit and a completed and signed Land Sales Agreement within 30 days of the date of publication of the advertisement or by Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 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 Real Property – East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area”.

All inquiries should be directed to Wanda Thompson of the City’s Real Estate Division by calling (813) 274-8915 or by sending an e-mail to Wanda.Thompson@tampagov.net .

Green ARTery Celebration Day 2013

 Join the Green ARTery & Mayor Bob Buckhorn for Opening Ceremonies 

A Fun Morning of Biking, Walking, Stroller-Pushing, Skateboarding, etc. Special Routes Dedicated for Wheelchairs & the Physically Challenged

Features include Children’s Bike Rodeo, Bike Safety / Walk Wise Clinics, Limited Bike Helmet Raffles, Green ARTery Booths and More!

Fair Oaks Community Center & Carrington Community Park Saturday, September 28, 2013, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Initially called the Central Tampa Greenspace Initiative, the Green ARTery is a central Tampa neighborhood-based effort to work with the public and private sectors and neighborhood communities to identify and safely connect, enhance and expand pedestrian, wheelchair and bike paths, parks, Greenways and trail systems. Central Tampa Greenspace Initiative started in August of 2010 by two neighborhoods, Old Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights, who determined that they had many like interests and had the desire to join forces to achieve the same goals.  Within a very short time the two grew to twenty neighborhoods as others learned about the initiative and determined that they also had the same goals, wanted to be a part of the growing consolidated effort and recognized that together the they become a stronger force.  Today, this twenty-neighborhood model covers approximately twenty square miles within the city of Tampa.  Its boundaries are the “blueways ribbon” of McKay and Old Tampa Bay on the south and the Hillsborough River on the west and north and the newly improved north section of 40th Street continuing to connect to McKay Bay on the east.

It is envisioned that the Green Artery will eventually become an economic revenue and stimulus to Tampa and Hillsborough County similar to the benefits and impact that the Pinellas Trail is to Pinellas County.  The Pinellas Trail’s economic impact is second only to their beaches in that area.  It is known and recognized nationally and internally and it is a large component of the county’s marketing effort and focused resources.

Ybor City House for Sale by City of Tampa

2709 N. 19th St has been relocated, set on a new brick pier foundation, and rehabilitation started

The City of Tampa (“City”) is offering to sell one historic building located at 2709 North 19th Street (the “Property”) within the East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area and Ybor City Local Historic District. The building is being sold “AS IS” and one Open House Event will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Proposer is required 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 by Friday, January 25, 2013, 4:00p.m. to the City of Tampa Purchasing Department, 306 E. Jackson Street-2E, Tampa, Florida 33602. The earnest money deposit will only be processed if the City approves the proposal for the purchase of the Property. Mark the outside of the sealed envelope “RFP Disposition of Historic Building – East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area or Ybor City Local Historic District ”.

If you have any questions, you may contact Wanda Thompson, City of Tampa Real Estate Contract Specialist by calling (813) 274-8915. More information can be found at: http://www.tampagov.net/dept_real_estate/information_resources/Request_for_Proposals.asp


Local Historic Preservation Ad Valorem Tax Exemption Programs

Owners of historic buildings in Florida considering rehabilitating their property have a variety of programs to choose from. In 1992, the Florida state constitution was amended to allow local governments the option of offering ad valorem tax exemptions on improvements to historic properties. The purpose of providing this exemption was to stimulate revitalization of historic properties and to ease the burden of maintaining these properties. This tax exemption program is available throughout Hillsborough County. Rehabilitation projects in the City of Tampa and the City of Plant City may also qualify for additional exemptions from city taxes.

Properties that qualify for the exemption from the county-wide tax are those designated as local landmarks, those listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or as contributing properties in a local or National Register historic district. In the City of Tampa and the City of Plant City, only locally designated landmarks and contributing structures within locally designated historic districts are considered eligible properties for exemption from city ad valorem taxes.

All applications for this tax exemption are reviewed by the appropriate local reviewing entity. These are the Barrio Latino Commission (BLC) for properties located within the Ybor City Historic District, the Tampa Architectural Review Commission (ARC) for all other qualifying historic properties located within the City of Tampa, the Plant City Historic Review Board (HRB) for historic properties located in the City of Plant City, and the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Review Board (HRRB) for historic properties located in unincorporated Hillsborough County.

Residential and non-residential properties may apply for this program. Improvements must be consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and meet criteria set by the Department of State (Chapter 1A- 38, Florida Administrative Code). A determination that the project is in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation must be made by the local reviewing entity. It is recommended (and required for properties in the City of Plant City) that Parts I (Evaluation of Property Eligibility) and II (Description of Improvements) of the application, with required documentation, be completed and submitted for review before the project is begun. Failure to obtain project approval prior to the initiation of construction leaves the owner at risk of failing to comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.

Part III (Request for Review of Completed Work) is to be submitted upon completion of the improvements. Prior to the review process, the property owner must complete a protective covenant stating that the character of the property and the qualifying improvements to the property will be maintained during the exemption period.

The local reviewing entity then makes its recommendation to the appropriate local governing body(ies), which may approve the exemption by ordinance. The local governing bodies are the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, the Tampa City Council, and the City Commission of the City of Plant City.

The exemption is for 100% of the increase in the assessed value of the improvements to the historic structure that results from rehabilitation. The exemption takes effect on January 1 of the year following the substantial completion of the improvements and is applicable for a 10-year period. It applies only to improvements to real property. When the property is sold, the exemption passes to the new owner.