The Hillsborough County Commission decided officially Tuesday to seek offers for locations to consolidate downtown government office space. The proposals must be from owners of existing buildings and are due back to the county in about 45 days. Two of the seven commissioners, Jan Platt and Jim Selvey, opposed the action, because they said they wanted to see what offer the county could make for the empty Two Mack Center. County Administrator Fred Karl has said he thinks Two Mack, an office tower on E Kennedy Boulevard across from the County Courthouse, may be the best deal for Hillsborough. Karl wants to buy a building downtown to consolidate many county departments that are in various rented locations. When the offers are returned, Karl said he will make a recommendation to the commission after having an independent appraisal of the site.
Manhattan at Tyson
to close for railroad repair
TAMPA _ The Tampa transportation division will close Manhattan Avenue at Tyson Street to work on a railroad crossing beginning today and through Friday. The intersection is between Gandy and Interbay boulevardsand just south of West Shore Boulevard.