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Home for elderly clears a hurdle

A setback variance is approved for the Abigail House, which will serve mostly women over 75, in Hyde Park North.

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 15, 2002

The city of Tampa's Variance Review Board on Tuesday paved the way for construction of an assisted living facility on S Delaware Avenue in Hyde Park North.

The board approved a request by Manuel Rodriguez to reduce the side setback requirement from 7 to 4.72 feet.

Rodriguez plans to build the home for the elderly in an old duplex, formerly Millie's Retirement Home. Renovations and construction of an addition will take about six months.

Although some neighbors expressed concern about opening a business in a residential neighborhood, no one attended the public hearing to object.

The Abigail House will serve mostly women ages 75 and up who need help with bathing, meals and other daily activities.

The home will be the third operated by Rodriguez and his family. The others are the Austin House in Lutz and the Alexa in Town 'N Country.

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