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Ybor City's Ferlita Macaroni Factory gets reprieve from demolition

Les Thompson, the owner of the Ferlita Macaroni Factory in Ybor City, asked the city for permission to demolish the building but is now considering donating it to the nonprofit Italian Club.

ATOYIA DEANS | Times

Les Thompson, the owner of the Ferlita Macaroni Factory in Ybor City, asked the city for permission to demolish the building but is now considering donating it to the nonprofit Italian Club.

TAMPA — Today, a city architectural commission was scheduled to hear an owner's petition to demolish a historic building.

Instead, Ybor City's Ferlita Macaroni Factory has gotten a two-month reprieve.

The owner is in talks with the Italian Club to donate it to the nonprofit, said Joe Capitano Sr., the club's immediate past president.

Capitano estimates it would cost $100 per square foot of the building to restore the 1920s building at 1609 N 22nd St.

Part of its roof has collapsed.

At 4,260 square feet, the work would add up to a $426,000 tab for a building that currently isn't worth $60,000.

Capitano is seeking any grant help he can get from government officials.

Architect Kenneth Ferlita, whose family built the factory, will offer his services for free. Others have pledged materials.

The issue has been on Mayor Pam Iorio's radar.

When owner Les Thompson applied for a demolition permit, Iorio asked her staff to conduct an independent analysis of the structure's viability.

"I'm glad there is a delay and that the owner is considering other options," Iorio said Monday.

Alexandra Zayas can be reached at azayas@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3354.

Ybor City's Ferlita Macaroni Factory gets reprieve from demolition 04/20/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:03am]
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