Hillsborough Sets Update on Rebuild of Tampa Heights Magnet School
The school was destroyed by fire in September 2017.
TAMPA – Parents, students and staff from Tampa Heights Elementary Magnet School will join other community members for an update on the rebuild of their historic campus on Columbus Drive, which was destroyed by fire in 2017.
The community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, (March 14) at Young Middle Magnet School, 1807 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa.
The build and design teams, Construction Manager – JE Dunn Construction – and the design professional – Fleischman Garcia & Planners – will provide project updates and go over the progress of the school, which is bridging the past of this historic school with new innovative updates.
The format for the meeting will be a gallery walk where attendees can ask questions and obtain information from various groups associated with the renovation project.
The devastating fire on Sept. 12, 2017 engulfed the magnet school shortly after power was restored to the neighborhood when Hurricane Irma swept through the Tampa Bay area. The fire marshal concluded the fire was accidental and caused by an electrical surge.
As previously reported, Hillsborough County Public Schools negotiated full payment from the district’s insurance companies for the rebuild, using the preserved historic exterior of the school. Hillsborough County Public Schools has zero cost to rebuild Tampa Heights Elementary Magnet School.
To learn more about the project updates, go to the Tampa Heights Renovation Project webpage sdhc.k12.fl.us/tampaheights.
The school was built by volunteers in 1906 as the Michigan Avenue Grammar School. It became the district’s first magnet elementary school in 1993.
File photo courtesy of Tampa Fire Rescue.
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