TAMPA — The historic Ferlita Macaroni Factory appears to have been saved from demolition.
The Italian Club decided to acquire the building on Tuesday with the help of the Ybor City Development Corporation.
The building at 1609 N 22nd Street was built in 1923 with ornate columns and entries, but fell into disrepair as it passed through owners over the years. Owner Les Thompson applied for a demolition permit in February 2009 but was blocked by a city commission after Ybor neighborhood groups lobbied to save the building.
Thompson offered to give the building to a local nonprofit group for free, reaping the tax benefits, and on Tuesday the Italian Club took him up on the offer after months of discussions.
The Ybor City Development Corporation, a nonprofit that also acts as an official Tampa advisory group, agreed to help the club secure up to $100,000 in city or state grant money to stabilize the building, which could be sold or turned into the community center.