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Historic District (Barrio) Expansion

posted Sep 4, 2012, 6:27 PM by Kim Headland   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 7:01 AM ]
The Historic Preservation Commission has recommended the expansion of the Ybor City Historic District.  The HPC will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 18th at 6pm in City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor at 315 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa FL 33602.  The Historic District's current northern boundary is Columbus Drive.  This will expand the District to 21st Avenue (from I-275 to 15th Street).

More details can be found in the specific notification here with detailed map.

The V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association has heard several presentations and discussion about this expansion over the past 2 years.  Below is a brief description of the benefits discussed along with some common misconceptions explained.  The association has voted to support this expansion.  
Benefits previously discussed include:
  • Tax credits and grants are available in Tampa for historic preservation when in a local historic district.
  • Historic Districts often assist in neighborhood stabilization - this is a positive for the greater community.
  • Local districts protect the investments of owners and residents.  Buyers know that the aspects that make a particular area attractive will be protected over a period of time.  Real estate agents in many cities use historic district status as a marketing tool to sell properties.
  • Local districts encourage consistent design.  It has been shown through comparative studies that there is a greater sense of relatedness, more innovative use of materials, and greater public appeal within historic districts than in areas without historic designations.
  • The educational benefits of creating local districts are the same as those derived from any historic preservation effort.  Districts can help explain the development of a place, the source of inspiration, and technological advances.  They are a record of our communities.
  • The protection of local historic districts can enhance business investment (especially to vacant structures).  Companies continually re-locate to communities that offer their workers a higher quality of life, which is greatly enhanced by successful local preservation programs and stable historic districts.
  • Local districts provide social and psychological benefits.  A sense of empowerment and confidence develops when community decisions are made through a structured participatory process rather than behind closed doors or without public comment.
(Many of these points are from and were discussed at length in various community presentations over the last 2 years.)
A few misconceptions that were clarified by Dennis Fernandez at the June Public Meeting.  The Barrio Guidelines:
  • Do NOT require that a property owner complete work to their property.
  • Do NOT require that a property receive approval for basic maintenance.
  • Do NOT change the manner in which a property titled for ownership.
  • Do NOT mean that a property can’t be modified or improved.
  • Do NOT apply to the interior of a property.
  • Do NOT change the underlying use of a property.