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Historic District Expansion

posted Jan 20, 2013, 6:53 AM by Kim Headland   [ updated Feb 14, 2013, 3:23 PM ]
City council heard the first reading of the proposed Ybor City Historic District Expansion on Thursday, 02/14 at 5:01pm and unanimously approved the Barrio expansion.  The proposed expansion includes properties south of Floribraksa / E. 21st Avenue, west of 15th Street, north of Columbus Drive and east of N. Nebraska (including parcels on both sides of Nebraska Avenue).

Notifications were mailed to V.M. Ybor residents and property owners about the proposed expansion of the Ybor City historic district in January, 2013.  A copy of the notification letter can be found here with detailed map below.


The Historic Preservation Commission voted in favor of a District Expansion at a Public Hearing in 2012 and the Planning Commission has recommended a Historic District Expansion (11/2012). 

This proposed boundary expansion proposal will be heard by City Council in 2 public hearings.  The first was held on 2/14 at 5:01pm in City Council Chambers (315 E. Kennedy Blvd, 3rd Floor, map here) and the second hearing will be heard on 03/07 at 9:30am at City Council Chambers.

If you can not attend the meeting, please consider sending an email to City Council:


The V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association has heard several presentations about this expansion over the past 2 1/2 years.  Below is a brief description of the benefits discussed along with some common misconceptions explained.  The association has voted twice to support this historic district 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.  
  • 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.  V.M. Ybor has already seen several businesses relocate to Columbus Drive in large part because of the many benefits that exist in the current historic district.
  • 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 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.
  • Do NOT change the manner in which a property is titled for ownership.

Click here to learn more about loans and grants currently available to those already in the National or Local Historic District.