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Neighborhood Report

Neighborhhod Notebook

By RON MATUS and SUSAN THURSTON
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 17, 2003


Measure up Monday at 'tree blitz' in Ballast Point

BALLAST POINT -- Wanted: Tree huggers, handy with measuring tape.

The city needs volunteers Monday to measure trees in Ballast Point so they can be added to the city's tree registry, a citywide database of big trees.

Officials with the Mayor's Beautification Program hope volunteers from other neighborhoods will participate in the "tree blitz" so they can learn about the process and start measuring trees in their neighborhoods.

More than 100 trees on city rights of way have been identified for measuring, along with another 100 on private property. If you know of others in Ballast Point that should be measured, call Melanie Higgins of the Ballast Point Homeowners Association at 832-3556.

The blitz begins at 8 a.m. Meet at Gadsden Park, 6901 S MacDill Ave.

Elderly apartment project in V.M. Ybor moves ahead

V.M. YBOR -- The former Centro Asturiano Hospital north of Ybor City is one step closer to becoming apartments for the elderly.

The Hillsborough County-City County Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a request to change the use of the land at 21st Avenue and 14th Street to allow residential.

The issue goes to the City Council on Thursday. The council can reaffirm or reject the commission's decision.

Bank of America and a nursing home next to the old hospital have teamed up to turn the site into apartments for seniors 55 and older. Pending the government approvals, construction could start late this year or early next.

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