Whole Lotta Armory Finger-pointing Goin' On

Michael Hinman over at TBBJ has a good scoop: Tampa's efforts (if you can call it that) to redevelop the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in West Tampa is mired down, with the city and the National Guard both looking at each other as if to say, "It's your turn."

To quote Paul Carrack, How long has this been going on?

Well, I first wrote about it in April 2006 after the idea of remaking the Armory into something for the redeveloping neighborhood was already at least two years long in the tooth. Then in July, our entire staff got into the picture, evaluating all six proposals after having the would-be redevelopers make their pitches to us. And then again in August.

It is a shame that this project launguishes in the bureaucracy of the military, which has already doomed it to becoming condos because of the requirement for the redeveloper to replace the mechanics garage on the north end of the Howard Avenue property. As neighbors of the Armory site, we realize how powerful a redevelopment tool it could be. We also must disclaim that since we own land next door, CL could conceivably benefit from rising property values in the neighborhood.

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