In 1911, T. Roy Young bought 40 acres of land and developed the first suburb of Tampa which is 3 miles north of downtown, naming it Seminole Heights. Earlier, a trolley line connected downtown to Sulphur Springs ensuring the possibility of traveling to the suburbs. The streetcar made it conceivable to reside in one part of town and work in another area. read more…
In 1911, T. Roy Young bought 40 acres of land and developed the first suburb of Tampa which is 3 miles north of downtown, naming it Seminole Heights. Earlier, a trolley line connected downtown to Sulphur Springs ensuring the possibility of traveling to the suburbs. The streetcar made it conceivable to reside in one part of town and work in another area.
During the time when Florida was booming, lots of merchants saw opportunities to offer goods and services to the dwellers and some of these early businesses was passed on to generations as many current Seminole Heights businesses have existed for more than 50 years.Well-known for its historic craftsman style bungalows starting from the early 20th century, numerous buildings in the district were established in the early 1900s such as the Seminole Heights Methodist Church, the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Seminole Heights Elementary School, Hillsborough High School and Broward Elementary School.
The Seminole Heights Garden Center is a park used for community events in the neighborhood which includes art festivals and community picnics. Seminole Heights has the lengthiest stretch of Riverfront parkland in Tampa city. Rivercrest, Epps and various pocket parks were providing access to the Hillsborough River too.
The neighborhood had witnessed an extensive growth in resident beer fans and wine fanatics, while attracting visitors with its flourishing restaurant and bars. These people offer an extraordinary chance for a retail business to invest on, since the district is still missing significant facilities such as a venue to buy international food stuff, small-batch wines and beers, gourmet food merchandise and casual excellent food for takeout.
Southeast Seminole Heights was titled Best Neighborhood in America by NUSA and in July 2009, Seminole Heights was ranked among the best places to purchase an old house by This Old House Magazine ideal for families with green thumbs, those looking for cottages and bungalows, and single women wanting to buy a small house with porch.
Recent years showcased well-known restaurants and bars such as The Refinery, Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café and the Independent Bar & Café, making Seminole Heights one of the best dining destinations in Florida.
The two-headed alligator was captured in Seminole Heights by local trappers, was featured at a local newspaper but made internationally known and was preserved for display at Ella’s Folk Art Café. Since then, it has been the design of the community seal, flags, murals, shirts and other souvenir items related to a visit to Seminole Heights. The Urban Art Attack community project raised funds for the creation of a two-headed alligator statue in Nebraska Ave., making it a landmark to distinguish the district.
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