St. Pete Preservation to honor fixer-upper property owners

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That fixer-upper down the road that slowly was transformed from a dilapidated shack to a beautiful rendition of what it used to be could be the next Preservation award winner.

St. Pete Preservation is accepting nominations for residential properties, including apartment complexes and commercial properties that have restored structures.

That could mean a home in Kenwood taken back to all its bungalow glory. Or a boutique in Old Northeast whose rustic red-brick was preserved and highlighted to match the community.

The group will accept nominations for the 2014 preservation awards until September 15. The nomination period has been open since last week, but so far none have been received.

“It’s been like pulling teeth,” said St. Pete Preservation executive director Monica Kile.

Kile hopes the newsletter released today will drive participation.

Here are some of the 2012 winners:

Residential Rehabilitation: 

Maureen Stafford, 756 Bay Street NE Maureen’s vision of rehabilitating the home and carriage house took four years of intensive interior and exterior rehabilitation, including floors and wood salvaged from nearby homes, matching wavy glass and brick, relaying Cuban tile, and reconstruction of rafter tails. Awards in this category recognize exemplary restoration of historic buildings that allow for contemporary use.

Commercial Rehabilitation: 

Saunders Construction, Mecca Apartments, 916 1st St. N.

The Historic Old Northeast neighborhood 1920′s apartment building is a great example of how preservation works! and was restored with the use of the City’s Ad Valorem tax incentives. Awards in this category recognize exemplary restoration of historic buildings that allow for contemporary use. A restoration project accurately returns a building to an earlier condition and/or appearance based on historical or physical evidence.

Adaptive Reuse: 

Constance Coleman, 2091 1st Ave N.

Built in 1920, the building is one of the oldest properties in Historic Kenwood. The two-story prairie style house is now a striking example of creativity while still maintaining respect for the heritage of the building and is successfully being reused for professional offices. Awards in this category recognize exemplary adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.