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Iorio to host town hall meeting at Plant High

By ERIKA VIDAL, MEAGHAN FORBES
Published February 3, 2006


PALMA CEIA - Mayor Pam Iorio will host the first of four town hall meetings this year from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Plant High School's media center, 2415 S Himes Ave.

Residents are invited to voice their concerns to the mayor and employees from various city departments.

Other meetings are scheduled for April 11 in New Tampa, Aug. 1 in West Tampa and Sept. 12 in East Tampa. Each runs from 6 to 8 p.m. For information, call 274-7835.

UT building 448-bed residence, dining hall

DOWNTOWN - In response to a growing demand for more on-campus housing, the University of Tampa is building a 448-bed residence and dining hall, set for completion in the fall of 2007.

The seven-story building will cost $38.7-million. An anonymous donor gave $5-million, and UT will finance the rest.

The new suite-style residence hall will be built northeast of the university's track, across from David A. Straz Jr. Hall on N Boulevard. It will feature a Dairy Queen, Sedona Grill and a convenience store.

Each suite will have its own bathroom and will be cable and Internet ready. The second floor will have a large community area, laundry facility and study area.

In addition, UT plans to expand the West Parking Garage by 700 spaces, increasing the capacity to 1,600 vehicles. The $5.8-million expansion is scheduled to be finished by this fall.

About 65 percent of UT students live on campus, and many commuting students have expressed their interest in moving on campus if housing were available, officials said.

Intersection improvement project now complete

DREW PARK - Commuters to Hillsborough Community College can breathe a bit easier now that the Tampa Bay Boulevard/Lois Avenue intersection improvement project is complete.

The new roundabout opened Jan. 27 after six months of work. The project was designed to improve traffic flow and enhance safety for motorists and pedestrians.

HCC donated land for the $893,000 project.

The completed intersection includes landscaping, irrigation, sidewalks and additional lighting.