Published: June 08, 2009
Last week, The University of Tampa administration announced that it, and
another company, completed the purchase of an important city block in
Tampa adjacent to the University’s campus.
The block, which is
directly behind UT’s ResCom residence hall and Thomas Parking Garage, is
bordered by Kennedy Blvd. on the south, Brevard Ave. on the east, North
A St. on the north and North Boulevard on the west.
Ron Vaughn said the property, previously owned by Tampa’s Agliano
family, will ultimately be used to address University academic and other
space needs both in the near term and future.
members have been good neighbors and friends for many years, and we are
happy to reach an agreement with them on the sale,” Vaughn said.
University acquired approximately 57,760 square feet of the eastern
portion of the tract, which includes a one-story office building. The
other company acquired the remaining approximately 72,240 square feet,
which includes two structures – a two-story office building and the
former Valencia Garden restaurant.
Over time, title to the tract
purchased by the other company is expected to revert to The University
of Tampa. Although plans for the tract are not yet in place, UT
administration said development would be consistent with UT’s design and
use standards that have already taken place on campus and along the
Kennedy Blvd. corridor.
UT’s buildings are strongly influenced
by its centerpiece building, Plant Hall (the former Tampa Bay Hotel),
which UT has carefully and thoughtfully helped to restore and maintain.
said he was pleased this tract of land would be used for educational
purposes, ultimately benefiting future students, as well as the City of
Tampa and the state of Florida.
“Development of this tract will
continue the transformation of UT’s campus and further enrich the
educational environment and experience,” Vaughn said.
In the past
decade, the University of Tampa has enjoyed unprecedented growth of its
student population and its campus proper. In the past decade eight
completely new buildings have been constructed on UT’s campus, and the
student body has nearly doubled.