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Mayor Buckhorn Announces Start of Rebuilding Sulphur Springs - Investing $1.4 million in new single-family housing
 
Tampa, FL January 21, 2014 - Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced today that the City of Tampa will invest $1.4 million to build new single family residential homes in Sulphur Springs as part of his ongoing effort to revitalize the area.

A groundbreaking to celebrate the start of construction on the first single family residence will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at 8303 North 13th Street. The public is invited to attend.

"Over the past year, we have focused like a laser on Sulphur Springs ensuring that it received the attention it deserves. Our commitment to this community is why crime dropped by 20% in this neighborhood in the last year. The streets are cleaner and safer," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "Today marks the start of the next phase -- bringing in new single family home owners who will take pride in being a resident of Sulphur Springs."

The City of Tampa currently has approximately 25 vacant, buildable single family lots in the Sulphur Springs area and intends to build a single family residence on each parcel as funding allows.

In September 2013, the City of Tampa released a Request for Qualifications for contractors interested in building single family residences. Nine contractors qualified, and those are as follows: All State Homes, Framework Construction, Michael Angelo Construction, Nelson Priede Construction, Manuel Lanz Construction, Florida Home Partnership, Richard Stenholm Construction, Mourer & Mourer, and Alexander Inc. Each qualified builder then has the opportunity to bid on a set of approximately four lots on which to build.

To view designs of the single family homes, please visit tampagov.net.

12 initial parcels will be built over approximately the next 120 days. Those particular parcels were chosen to be rebuilt first because of their proximity to each other, the Sulphur Springs Elementary school and Springhill Community Center. To view a map with addresses for the first 12 properties, please visit tampagov.net.

The first phase of the project for the 12 parcels is anticipated to cost $1.4 million with funding coming from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

The homes will be sold at market rate with expectations that the value of each home will increase over the program's lifespan.

Background

In January 2013, Mayor Buckhorn announced that the City would tear down more than 50 vacant properties that were condemned and deemed uninhabitable.

Since then, Mayor Buckhorn has focused on revitalizing Sulphur Springs. He assigned three Neighborhood Enhancement officers full-time to the neighborhood to keep the area free of blight. In the last year, they have picked up approximately 150 tons of trash and accumulations. Mayor Buckhorn also partnered with TECO to install 408 new street lights in Sulphur Springs and directed the Tampa Police Department to step up area patrols in order to keep streets safe.



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