Preservation Roundtable – June 2013

The Preservation Roundtable will meet at 9:00 AM, Wednesday June 5th in the conference room at the TPI/Ybor Museum Society Offices – 2009 N. 18th Street (Angel Oliva Sr. Street).
Linda Saul-Sena will be chairing the meeting.

Historic Homes in Tampa Heights For Sale by the City

Relocated Tampa Heights Home

The City of Tampa Real Estate Department is offering four homes within the Tampa Heights Historic District for sale. The homes were relocated as part of the Tampa Interstate Study project and have been placed on new foundations. Each house is offered individually. The homes will be open for viewing on August 24 between 10am and noon. Info from the City:

The City of Tampa (“City”) gives notice pursuant to Part III, Chapter 163, Florida Statutes, of the request for proposals for the purchase of four (4) historic houses being sold on an “As Is” basis within the Tampa Heights Local Historic District and Buyers Representatives honored.

The houses are currently located at 408 East Robles Street, 2904 N. Jefferson Street, 2907 North Jefferson Street and 2915 North Jefferson Street (collectively the “houses”). The Proposer is required to pay for the houses, submit an earnest money deposit equaling 5% of the proposed purchase price along with a completed Land Sales Agreement and Project Proposal Form. The earnest money deposit will only be processed if the City approves the proposal for the purchase of the historic house. Upon acceptance of the Proposal by the City and approval by Tampa City Council, the Proposer shall be required to pay the balance of the purchase price as outlined in the Land Sales Agreement and complete the rehabilitation of the house(s) in accordance with the approved site plan and 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, all approved plans, applicable laws, ordinances and regulations governing the location.

All Proposers must submit the City of Tampa Project Proposal Form, earnest money deposit and a signed Land Sales Agreement within 30 days or no later than Friday, September 16, 2011, 4:00 p.m. 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 4 Historic Houses – Tampa Heights Local Historic District”.

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

Previews of the houses will only be conducted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon so that all interested parties may tour the properties. 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.

2011 Florida Trust Annual Conference

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Florida Trust for Historic PreservationRegistration is now open for the 2011 Florida Trust Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. Each May, Florida’s historic preservation community comes together at the Annual Statewide Preservation Conference to share ideas and learn from others. Highlights from this year’s program include:

  • Keynote Speaker Robert McNulty, founder and President of Partners for Livable Communities
  • Restoration Marketplace
  • Annual Statewide Preservation Awards Ceremony and Reception in Winter Park
  • Opening Reception at the Orange County Regional History Center
  • Tours of local historic districts, Downtown Orlando, Eatonville, Winter Park, Maitland, Sanford, and Polk County
  • Professional Development Workshops

Click here to download the Preliminary Program. Early registration ends April16; the last day to register prior to on-site registration is May 6. To download just the registration forms, click here.

The Conference Headquarters Hotel is the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando.

The Florida Trust is going green! The preliminary program will be posted on the website If you are unable to download the document, please contact our office for a hard copy. 850-224-8128 or

Florida Trust: Florida Tourism Day 2011

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Florida Trust for Historic PreservationThis year the Florida Trust is partnering with FAM, Citizens for Florida Arts and the Florida Cultural Alliance – along with VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Florida Attractions Association, Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, and the Florida Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau for Florida Tourism Day.

The purpose of Florida Tourism Day is to educate the legislature, media and Floridians about the importance of Florida’s tourism industry and the rationale for public funding.  It is the perfect day to let our lawmakers know just how vital tourism is to our state and how crucial it is for them to support Florida’s No. 1 industry.  For many years I have heard comments about museums, culture and historic preservation being PART of Tourism.  This is our opportunity to SHINE as a cultural and historic preservation community!  We have a full day planned for March 22nd and we NEED you to attend.

Please PLAN to attend this very important Advocacy Day!  Meet with your colleagues from around the state, enjoy a CEO briefing and then visit your Legislators in their Tallahassee Offices.  After your work is done – come to the “Street Party” on South Adams and enjoy the festivities.

Your participation is critical to educate and remind the legislators that WE are part of Tourism and we have a tremendous economic impact and create jobs.

For more information see the schedule and registration form.

Who is Creating Jobs in Florida?

A recent post on the National Trust for Historic Preservation website is entitled “Who is Creating Jobs in America?” Directed at the proposed elimination of the Save America’s Treasures Grant fund, the article provides a state by state breakdown of how the fund compares in job creation to the stimulus plan. Of great interest are the numbers for Florida that show that the grant fund creates jobs for a fraction of the cost:
  • $ From Stimulus Plan: $9,040,756,932
  • Jobs From Stimulus Plan: 34,887
  • $/Job: $259,144
  • $ From Save America’s Treasures (SAT): $5,084,318
  • Matching Funds: $7,481,293
  • Total Project Cost: $12,565,611
  • Jobs From SAT: 270
  • SAT $/Job: $18,815
To see the whole article and the parameters used to generate the costs, see



Rutgers Report Illustrates Historic Tax Credits’ Ability to Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy

NEWS RELEASE from the National Trust for Historic Preservation & Rutgers University:

Washington, D.C. (March 3, 2010) – A comprehensive new report conducted by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, analyzes the economic impact of the federal Historic Tax Credit since its inception in 1976 and concludes that the Historic Tax Credit is a highly efficient job creator—accounting for the creation of 1.8 million new jobs over the life of the program. The report found that Historic Tax Credits generated those jobs more efficiently than other stimulus options and, in fact, the study concludes that the economic activity leveraged by Historic Tax Credit returns more tax revenue to the U.S. Treasury than the cost of implementing the program. The report, the first-ever to examine the economic impact of the Historic Tax Credit, also underscores the need for additional legislation to strengthen the federal credits, making them more widely available for smaller, rural projects and also encouraging their use for green and sustainable rehab projects.

The report was conducted by researchers at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and commissioned by the Historic Tax Credit Coalition, a public policy advocacy organization.

Major findings of the report include:
• The Historic Tax Credit is an efficient job creator— rehabilitation investments have generated about 1.8 million new jobs since 1976 and 58.8 thousand in 2008 alone. The Rutgers study shows that historic rehab projects require more highly skilled workers, generate better-paying jobs and return more economic benefits to local communities than other stimulus strategies such as highway construction. For example, a job created by Historic Tax Credits costs approximately $9,000, whereas the average cost of creating a job through the federal stimulus package is about $248,000.
• The cumulative impacts to the national economy are substantial, including $198 billion in total output, $98 billion towards Gross Domestic Product (GDP), $72 billion in wages and salaries, and $29 billion in federal, state and local taxes.
• The federal Historic Tax Credit is a strategic investment for the nation, evidenced by the fact that the total federal cost of the HTC, $16.6 billion in 2008 inflation-adjusted dollars, is more than offset by the $21 billion in additional federal taxes paid as a result of HTC project activity to date. In addition, the $16.6 billion investment has leveraged a five times greater amount of historic rehabilitation costs—a total of $85 billion.

While underscoring the success of the Historic Tax Credit program, the report suggests several improvements to modernize the program and ensure its continued efficacy—all of which are included in the Community Restoration and Revitalization Act now before Congress. The legislation, introduced in the House by Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and Patrick Tiberi (R-OH) and in the Senate by Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), seeks to amend the Historic Tax Credit to facilitate smaller, Main Street-scale investments, providing incentives for the kind of sustainable rehab projects that make historic buildings more energy-efficient, and expanding the number of properties that would be eligible to earn these federal tax credits.

“This report makes clear that historic preservation is not just about holding on to our past, it’s also about building a better future by creating jobs, spurring revitalization and improving the economic health of the nation,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “By encouraging the restoration and rehabilitation of older and historic buildings, historic tax credits are one of the best investments government can make—a key consideration in lean budget years. This report should invigorate Congress to pass the Community Restoration and Revitalization Act and strengthen the federal historic tax credit program.”

“This report shows that the economic impacts of historic rehab are aligned with many of our nation’s most important needs during these tough times,” said John Leith-Tetrault, President of the Historic Tax Credit Coalition. “Rutgers’ research makes the case for enhancements to federal historic tax credit as an important part of any Congressional stimulus package. Given how difficult it is for our industry to finance rehabilitation projects right now, the timing for these amendments couldn’t better.”

The report was produced by the Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research under the guidance of Dr. David Listokin, a national expert in the economics of historic preservation.“This report reflects a 15-year effort on the part of Rutgers, working with the
National Park Service and numerous state historic preservation offices, to quantify the specific economic impacts of historic preservation,” said Dr. Listokin. “Using detailed models, we looked at both the direct, immediate economic impact—at both the state and national level—of historic preservation projects, as well as the secondary effects those projects have on the national and state economies. Our report, which builds on the regional economic analysis conducted by Dr. Michael Lahr, a professor at Rutgers University, clearly shows that historic preservation is a powerful tool for economic revitalization and job creation.”

A copy of the report is available at