Hampton Terrace Historic District

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Hampton Terrace Historic District
Tampa FL Hampton Terrace HD03.jpg
Hampton Terrace Historic District is located in Florida
Hampton Terrace Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by Hanna Ave., 15th St., Hillsborough Ave., and Nebraska Ave., Tampa, Florida
Coordinates 27°59′58″N 82°26′50″W / 27.99944°N 82.44722°W / 27.99944; -82.44722Coordinates: 27°59′58″N 82°26′50″W / 27.99944°N 82.44722°W / 27.99944; -82.44722
Area 115 acres (47 ha)
Architectural style Bungalow/Craftsman, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 99000045[1]
Added to NRHP January 27, 1999

The Hampton Terrace Historic District, originally called the Lakewood Manor Subdivision[2], is a U.S. historic district located in Tampa, Florida. The district is roughly bounded by Hanna Avenue to the north, 15th Street to the east, Nebraska Avenue to the west, and Hillsborough Avenue to the south. Hampton Terrace Historic District was so designated by its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places on January 27, 1999.

The Hampton Terrace district encompasses 1,150 acres (4.7 km2), and the neighborhood's boundaries are Hannah Ave, 15th St, Hillsborough Ave, and Nebraska, and also includes a small body of water called Lake Roberta, one of a few natural lakes found within the Tampa city limits. It contains 304 contributing structures, all of which are private residences. The structures are considered historically significant examples of residential styles like the bungalow, and architectural influences including American Craftsman Style.[3]

Hampton Terrace is commonly considered part of the city's Old Seminole Heights neighborhood, and is one of several distinct neighborhoods within the greater Seminole Heights section of Tampa.[4] Hampton Terrace Historic District should not be confused with the Seminole Heights Residential District, another U.S. historic district located in the Old Seminole Heights neighborhood.[5]

Forming a New Neighborhood Organization[edit]

In 2009 a petition was circulated by a group of concerned residents seeking to form a Hampton Terrace Neighborhood Association (HTNA). Although the petition circulated did not call for the separation of the Hampton Terrace district from the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association (OSHNA), with which the region had been affiliated for many years, the City of Tampa's Neighborhood Relations Office chose to recognize Hampton Terrace as a separate and distinct neighborhood from Old Seminole Heights and the corresponding neighborhood association. Among the stated purposes of the original petition was to stop efforts to designate Hampton Terrace as a Local Historic District with oversight from the city of Tampa Architectural Review Commission. This citizens group subsequently registered articles of incorporation for HTNA with the State of Florida, establishing it as a standalone organization.

The HTNA organization received correspondence from the NRO that the petition had received the requisite signatures to succeed on February 3, 2010 in an official city memorandum. A subsequent memorandum from the city dated February 16 indicated the city's expectation that the HTNA organization would hold two neighborhood meetings; one for nominations and elections. The deadline for completion was stated in the letter as May 17, 2010.

HTCA and Continued Efforts to Organize a Hampton Terrace Neighborhood Organization for City Recognition[edit]

The Tampa NRO confirmed that if the HTNA organization did not complete elections by May 18, HTNA would not be recognized by the City as representing Hampton Terrace, and the City would accept application from any group that wished to organize a neighborhood organization. While HTNA did hold one neighborhood meeting, a picnic where it presented their slate of officers, no neighborhood election was held by May 17, 2010. Subsequently, a group of neighborhood residents formed a steering committee called the Hampton Terrace Civic Association (HTCA), and submitted to the Tampa NRO a letter of intent describing their plans to form a neighborhood organization for City recognition to represent Hampton Terrace. The NRO deemed these plans acceptable, and offered consultative and logistical support of this effort as per its common practice (e.g., informational mailings to neighborhood property owners).

On May 25, the NRO requested a meeting between their office and the City's Chief of Staff, and the leaders of the HTNA organization and members of the HTCA steering committee . The meeting was precipitated, according to NRO communications, by a vitriolic HTNA email campaign challenging the City's positions on the matter of organizing a Hampton Terrace neighborhood organization. In this meeting the City's reaffirmed its position that the HTNA organization failed to meet expectations as per city guidelines ('How to Form A Neighborhood Association, version 2007' [6]). City records indicate these discussions continued for 3 or more meetings.

Hampton Terrace Community Meeting and Elections[edit]

Hampton Terrace residents were invited to a community meeting on August 4, 2010 for discussions on forming a neighborhood organization and nominations for officers. Several proposals were put forward for consideration: the establishment of two neighborhood associations, a position strongly advocated for by the officers of the HTNA organization; the establishment of a single representative organization for Hampton Terrace, with candidates for officers to be chosen at the meeting; and a proposal from the floor for HTNA and HTCA to propose slates of officers to "duke it out" for leadership of a Hampton Terrace Organization. A clear majority of attendees voted for the option of one Hampton Terrace neighborhood organization, with a slate of officer nominees to be chosen at the meeting. As well, eligible voters in the election were defined as including both property owners, renters, and leasees. A final vote taken at the meeting approved the use of absentee ballots as part of the election process.

The City issued a memorandum on August 9 comprising the meeting notes, the slate of nominated candidates, and the results of other votes at the meeting. The NRO further stated that they would work exclusively with the nominated presidential candidates to organize the specifics of a neighborhood election, with the expectation that these be completed no later than September 30.

Current Progress[edit]

A series of documented meetings have since occurred, most notably, according to memorandums, one with the office of the Supervisor of Elections and presidential candidates to assist to determine the method and time of the vote. Follow up notes indicate a contentious issue was the validation and accountability of any physical ballots that were distributed. Because of this disagreement, as well as obtaining funding for the election, there was no resolution by September 30.

In the meantime, members of the HTCA steering committee, after discovering the interim vice president of HTNA had filed articles of incorporation with the state of Florida to claim the HTCA (Civic Association) title and domain names, re-branded itself as the Hampton Terrace Community Association. In an attempt to meet the city's expectation of elections by the 9/30 deadline, the HTCA organization sponsored a neighborhood outreach event to meet residents, and made plans for an election to occur on September 27 and 28. While this was supported by the Supervisor of Elections office via email, who offered convenient times and methods to facilitate the city's intent, the elections were postponed, ostensibly due to the city's inability to mail postcard notices to all residents.

Officers of the HTNA organization protested to the NRO regarding the HTCA outreach efforts, claiming the group was operating outside of established guidelines, and insinuating various conspiracies with the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association, several of whose current officers reside in Hampton Terrace. Given these protests, the election was tabled and further teleconferences and virtual meetings have occurred.

At this time, Hampton Terrace has not conducted elections, but have a loose agreement with Tampa's NRO to be conducted December 7 or December 9.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Abstract of Title to Certain Lands in Hillsborough County, Florida, No. 45782", Tampa Abstract and Title Insurance Co., Compiled for Karl Knuttsen, 1928
  3. ^ "Florida - Hillsborough County - - Historic Districts" National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Old Seminole Heights". TampaGov. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "Seminole Heights Historic District". TampaGov. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  6. ^ "How to Form A Neighborhood Association, version 2007". TampaGov Retrieved August 5, 2010.

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