Neighbors are currently working to restore our entrance median off Nebraska and we need your help!
OCTOBER 12 UPDATE:
Good evening! The city projects are complete and now it’s time to get to work as a neighborhood to add some beauty to the Clifton entrance. ￼ The Sign and Median Committee is finalizing plans and budgets to restore the sign and monument; cleanup and replace landscaping; and, update the electrical and lighting. We are neighbors working together with the HTCA. Today, Nic Wendland who is leading the landscape committee began cleanup. When I drove into the entrance it was a wow moment. Thanks Nic! We have lots to do and I encourage you to read page 4 of Terrace Talk to learn more about this project, committee members and a little bit of history about the original team of neighbors who designed and built the median in the early 2000s. Much of what we are doing is modeled on their efforts. More to come in the weeks ahead! We will need volunteers and financial support to make this happen.
THE STORY OF THE MEDIAN:
Once you turn onto Clifton from Nebraska, a charming neighborhood appears! One of only two entrance signs in the City of Tampa, a previously welcoming median with a well-manicured landscape and a beautifully lit, unique trellis sign, is unfortunately no more. The sign has rotted, the landscape is in bad shape and the lights have seen better days. In addition, the recent storm water project to mitigate flooding and improve the lake quality changed the median appearance, and now that the project is wrapping up, it’s time for us to get to work.
I am happy to announce the Sign and Median Restoration Committee met for the first time in August 2020. The committee is led by Bill Truett and includes our neighbors - Brian D. Frey, Michelle Benningfield, Dom Ivener, Karen Taylor, Carol Sivard, Nic Wendland, Sid Roberts and HTCA Treasurer, TJ Ackerman. The committee is tasked to bring back plans to restore the sign, repair the monument bricks, update the lighting/electrical and to create a Florida friendly landscape. Subcommittees are now in place with Brian heading up the lighting and electrical, Nic leading the landscaping, and myself leading the sign and brick restoration. Our next meeting in late September will yield a final plan and budget. The committee is responsible for raising funds.
It's important to let our neighbors know why this project is a significant piece of history for Hampton Terrace. In 2001, the entrance was a crumbling, dry fountain surrounded by weeds. A neighbor’s son, Steven Harris, proposed an idea to spruce up the gateway as an Eagle Scout Project. The neighborhood worked together with the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association and City of Tampa to build the sign and monument, as well as install landscaping. It was a bold project that required funds to be raised and approvals from the City of Tampa, but in 2003 the project was completed. A photo of the completed project was supplied by Donna Harris, Steven's mom, who still resides on Idlewild. It is our plan to follow the well documented blueprint created by the committee in 2001.
As the committee is responsible for raising funds, we will be exploring various grant, donor and fundraising opportunities. This month we will be applying for a storm drain mural grant and later in the year possibly the Hillsborough Mini Grant. We would like to thank Susan Long with the Seminole Heights Foundation, who reached out to us when she heard about the project and will be donating $500 from the foundation. In addition, a special thank you to our neighbors, Brian D. Frey and Troy Mangibin who have pledged $1000 towards this project.
We will officially announce our restoration plans in early October 2020, barring no unexpected findings, and at that time, begin our fundraising efforts. The timeline of the project will be dependent on available funds, but we do want to begin some of the improvements in order to light up the median for Christmas. The HTCA will help us manage the financials and will play a huge role in communications and marketing. It is also the committee’s hope to involve neighbor volunteers - as many hands make light work and giving your time helps us save on costs! (Photo Credit: Donna Harris, 2002).
We have a tremendous opportunity as a neighborhood to work together, and continue to connect neighbors with neighbors. If you have any questions about this project or want to volunteer or donate, you can email me at Bill.Truett@True2Media.com.