In 1988, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (Authority) announced long-term plans to begin acquisition of approximately 206 acres in the Drew Park area, east of Tampa International Airport. The boundaries for the acquisition area are West Crest Avenue on the north, Dazzo Avenue on the south, Hesperides Street and Lauber Way on the east and Westshore Boulevard on the west.
THE RELOCATION OFFICE HAS MOVED
Contact Us at:
4100 George J. Bean Pkwy.
Tampa, FL 33607
The purpose of the Drew Park Property Acquisition/Relocation Program is to provide the necessary land for expansion of the Airport in the future. The amount of land needed was outlined in the 1988 Master Plan which addressed the Airport’s needs into the 21st century.
The attached map shows the status of the project as of July 2010. To date, the Authority has acquired 97% of the parcels within the Drew Park land acquisition area. The Authority follows federal and state laws and procedures throughout the acquisition process which require the payment of fair market value for the property acquired as well as relocation assistance to displaced residents and businesses. The Authority’s goal is to acquire the remaining properties in the acquisition area under terms that are mutually acceptable to the property owner and the Authority.
The concept of willing seller-willing buyer is the basis of how the Authority will conduct the remainder of the Land Acquisition Program. Once the property owner indicates to the Authority that he or she is interested, the Authority begins its due diligence. There is no obligation to sell or buy and either party can walk away from a deal at any time.
Authority staff administer the program directly and are the primary contact for all acquisition and relocation services. The Authority’s office for the acquisition and relocation program has moved into the main terminal building at Tampa International Airport. Authority staff are available to meet with property owners who have questions about the program or are interested in selling their property to the Authority. Property owners with questions regarding the acquisition program can call the program office at (813) 876-4106 during normal business hours.
View the Drew Park Property Map 264 K
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What if I tell the Authority I want to sell, but then change my mind? What if I withdrew from the process previously but now want to re-enter?
If at any time you change your mind about selling to the Authority, simply contact our office in writing and tell us to stop the acquisition process. You can stop the sale of your property at any time prior to signing the “Purchase and Sell Agreement” which is a binding contract. Once the Authority makes a purchase offer to you, you have 90 days to consider the offer. If you do not sign the agreement within 90 days, the Authority assumes you are no longer interested in selling.
You can re-enter the acquisition process at any time. However, the Authority’s purchase of your property will depend on several things, such as the amount of time since the appraisal and environmental audits were conducted, and availability of acquisition funds.
2. How much is it going to cost me?
The acquisition process costs you nothing. The property owner (seller) pays no real estate commissions. There are no attorney’s fees unless the owner hires an attorney at his or her own expense. The property owner is not charged for any land surveys, environmental audits, title searches, appraisals and so on. The Authority pays all normal closing costs. At the closing, the property owner is responsible for the payment of any unpaid property taxes and any outstanding scheduled mortgage payments that must be made in order to transfer the property title free and clear of all legal encumbrances. This payment is separate from the purchase price of your property and will be calculated by the Authority and deducted from the purchase price. If you have tenants leasing any part of the property you sell to us, the Authority also pays to relocate them.
3. Can I get an independent appraisal for my property?
Yes, but the Authority is not responsible for the cost. If you decide to get your own property appraisal, your appraisal, and any other information you provide establishing the value of your property will be considered by our staff.
4. I am not ready to sell my property right now because I want, or need to make some improvements to my property. Will these improvements be considered by the Authority’s property appraiser if I become a willing seller in the future?
Yes. As part of the acquisition process, an appraisal will be ordered. Improvements to your property will be considered at that time.
5. What plans does the Airport have for the acquisition area once it is acquired?
When the number of passengers using Tampa International Airport begins to approach 25 million annually, the Terminal Complex and airfield will have to be expanded. Facilities that are in the path of this expansion will need to be moved to the Drew Park acquisition area. The initial first phase of this expansion has been completed with the construction of the new north/south Airport Cargo Road which opened in the Summer of 2009 and the construction of the Airport’s new air cargo and ground services equipment facilities which opened in the Spring of 2010. No additional development or construction is planned at this time.
For more information about the Airport, please see the Airport Master Plan update from 2006 on the website under Airport Business.