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Community Update on Tampa Heights Elementary Magnet School Rebuild

March 12, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications


Tampa, Fla. – (March 12, 2019) – 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 will be held on Thursday, March 14 from 6-7 p.m. at Young Middle Magnet School, located at 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 September 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 visit the Tampa Heights Renovation Project webpage

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.


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