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Al Lopez house's move to new Ybor address hits a snag

UPDATE: At 6:24 a.m. Thursday, Tampa police Lt. Brian Gant issued a release asking drivers to avoid the area of the intersection of 21st Street and Eighth Avenue in Ybor City because of a delay in moving these two historic homes.

No major congestion or traffic issues were reported during the move, Tampa police said.

More coverage of this breaking news event is coming soon. Our original story appears below:

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It's moving day for a couple of households in Ybor City.

Oops, check that. It's the houses that are being moved, starting tonight (Wednesday) and leading into Thursday morning.

The former home of Al Lopez — the first Major League Baseball player from Tampa, and first Hall-of-Famer from Tampa — will ultimately become the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House, an Ybor City home for celebrating the community's importance to baseball and baseball's importance to the community.

The second home will be renovated and repurposed by the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office as a law enforcement museum.

They are being relocated by the Florida Department of Transportation and become the 63rd and 64th houses moved as part of the state DOT's Interstate Historic Mitigation Plan since 2001.

Here's a tentative schedule of the move:

• 8-10 p.m.: Moving Al Lopez house toward Nuccio Parkway, where it will wait for the 909 E 12th Ave. house to meet it at 13th Street and Nuccio Parkway.

• 10 to midnight: Moving 909 toward Al Lopez house.

• Midnight to 4 a.m.: Moving both houses down Nuccio Parkway toward 21st Street, then Palm Avenue to 19th Street.

• 4 a.m.: Placing the houses into position at 2003 and 2005 N 19th St.

• 11 a.m: Celebratory toast at Ybor City Museum State Park (Ken Hagan, Mary Alvarez and Al Lopez Jr. are among those confirmed).

Al Lopez house's move to new Ybor address hits a snag 05/16/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:17pm]

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