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Ybor City building set to get new life

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The building over a hundred years old will get a new life. The building over a hundred years old will get a new life.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

There's a large white building in Ybor City you've probably passed a thousand times and never thought much of it. Well, that building is part of Ybor's history and soon it could take on a brand new life.

The Oliva Tobacco Company's warehouse is on Palm Avenue between 18th and 19th streets and is an iconic piece of Ybor City history. David Hugglestone is an architect who lives and works in Ybor not far from the Oliva building.

"The Oliva Tobacco Company building as it's known these days was built in, the best information we have available says, it was built in 1888," he said.

The building even survived a major Ybor fire in the early 1900s.

"Over the years it's been occupied by numerous companies and I think the 1960s, the Oliva family purchased it to use as their headquarters," Hugglestone said.

The Oliva's moved their offices to West Tampa 15 years ago. A thrift charity is using it now for their business. Now Hugglestone says the building - some three stories and 10,000 square feet per floor - is about to get new life.

"A combination of residential lofts and some sort of commercial element," he described it.

The plan has to something the ybor city development corp, the Oliva family and the developer have to agree on. One they all can attest to it the building's historic significance.

"It's important that heritage and the architecture as a representation of that heritage so that we preserve that for our future generations to understand where we've come from," he said.

No deal is finalized yet with the Miami developer. Stay with WFLA.com we'll keep you posted when the deal is final.


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