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Work will replace 12th Street sewer line

The city of Tampa and construction company CH2M HILL began installing a 5-mile wastewater pipeline in Seminole Heights this week. The new pipeline will replace the 12th Street main that carries 14-million to 15-million gallons of wastewater a day from the Sulphur Springs Pumping Station to the 26th Street interceptor sewer.

One of the city's most significant mains, the 12th Street pipeline has been around since 1980 and is due for replacement, said Wendy Nero, spokeswoman for CH2M HILL.

The estimated $19-million project will occasionally shut down streets, clear some trees and affect some residents' driveways. Which streets will be closed and for how long has not yet been determined, although Nero did say that Sligh Avenue will be closed at some point. Details will be released soon, she said.

"The week preceding, we'll have field ambassadors out hanging door hangers on (residents') doors letting them know that construction will be down the street in a week," she said.

When trees are pruned, Nero said a certified arborist from the city will monitor the trimming. In addition, some resident's driveways will need to be excavated and will be asked to remove any vehicles before digging.

The pipe has had significant problems since 2004, prompting the city to fast-track its replacement, Nero said. The project is slated to end May 2009.

Field ambassadors will be in the area during construction to answer questions. For more information, call the city's project hotline at (813) 777-9222.


Reception set for charity bicycle ride

United Cerebral Palsy is hosting a reception for its second annual Life Without Limits charity bicycle ride from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fowler White Boggs and Banker offices at 501 E Kennedy Blvd.

Kelsey Rigdon, event manager, said the organization has 64 riders signed up. The ride will take place Nov. 8-9, and organizers are seeking more businesses and agencies to participate.

The event is one of four fundraisers for the nonprofit organization that cares for more than 3,000 patients across the state. Tampa joins North Carolina and southern California in the nationwide ride to fund cerebral palsy programs.

Rigdon said the 200-mile ride throughout the Tampa Bay area is critical during tough economic times.

"We've lost quite a lot of money," she said. "We're trying to move from being dependent on government funds to supporting ourselves."

Last year, the ride raised $80,000, and Rigdon said the organization hopes to bump that total up to $250,000 this year. But for those who think 200 miles is a bit much, riders can stop at any point along the way.

Registration is $35 per person, with a minimum $500 raised to support United Cerebral Palsy. Participants who raise more than $1,500 will receive a commemorative bicycle jersey.

For more information or to register, call 239-1179, ext. 270, or visit


Meeting set on design standard revisions

The city of Tampa and Barrio Latino Commission staffers will conduct a community meeting to discuss revisions to the Ybor City Design Standards for property owners.

Tony LaColla, president of the Historic Ybor Neighborhood Civic Association, said the design standards have not been updated since 1984, and the meeting will provide standards for developers who wish to rehabilitate, restore, move or build new structures. He said the goal is to set up guidelines for how Ybor City should look.

The meeting will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E Palm Ave. Residents, business owners, shareholders and architects are encouraged to attend. Call 787-2055.

If you know of news in your community, contact Eric Smithers at or (813) 226-3339.

South Tampa neighborhood notes 08/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2008 4:33am]
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