Wednesday, January 30, 2013
What would you like to see occupy the historic property and what steps should be taken to make the most of the building?
The community came together to clean up the Hacienda Hote lin New Port Richey earlier this month. It looks great. So now what? The Hacienda opened for business as a hotel in 1927. It eventually was used as an assisted living facility. The city CRA bought the Hacienda in the early years of last decade, and the building has been vacant since 2006. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. He city spent years negotiating on the redevelopment of the Hacienda with firm Community Development Partners. The city council voted last in December to end its relationship with CDP. Now, city leaders are faced with finding a direction for the property. We want to know what residents and the community want to see happen at the property…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
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The historic Hacienda hotel is a downtown New Port Richey treasure. Residents care about it so much, they flocked to help clean up the site last weekend. Someone saw Amanda Pinkston, 32, “going in and out of consciousness” at a Denny’s in the New Port Richey area on Sunday, according to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. It’s Girl Scout cookie time! Find out where you can get your fix in West Pasco. Pasco deputies are throwing their weight around, making big gains—and losses—in the process. The sheriff's office recently launched a new health and fitness initiative for deputies and staff, which benefits both the participants and the public, Sheriff Chris Nocco said. "This is part of how we're building up our agency," Nocco said…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
It may take more than nostalgia and a few brooms to revitalize The Hacienda, and Downtown New Port Richey, but recognizing the problems and pitfalls is the first logical step toward a solution.
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Tuesday, January 15
Monday, January 14, 2013
Cleanup "impossible" without community support, city leaders say.
The Hacienda Hotel has sat vacant for years, but on Saturday, it was full of activity. A flock of people descended on the on the Hacienda Saturday community cleanup of the historic downtown landmark. The public was let into the building and courtyard and given the chance to clean the property inside and out. Hundreds of people came to help out at the cleanup, which was organized by the city. Interim city manager Susan Dillinger said that close to 350 volunteers signed up to participate in the event. They were joined by city staff city staff and city council members. The cleanup was “impossible” without the support from community members, said Susan Dillinger, interim city manager. “This is something they’ve wanted for years, and they got …
Close to 400 volunteers contributed to an effort to spruce up the historic downtown landmark.
A flock of folks gathered to clean up the Hacienda Hotel in downtown New Port Richey Saturday. Close to 350 volunteers signed up to participate in the event. They were joined by city staff and city council members, which raised the tally. Volunteers performed work throughout the property. Some spruced up the courtyard. Some stripped carpet from the hotel’s living/social room inside the entrance facing Main Street. Some sweeped the living room, guest rooms, hallways and second floor balcony. Some covered the outer walls of the building with primer. Others worked on the roof. Want to know why some decided to devote their Saturday morning to the cleanup? Watch our video for interviews with the volunteers. Post your own comments and photos …
Monday, January 7, 2013
We may not have the millions of dollars required for a grand redevelopment of the Hacienda into a modern hotel, but we can come together as a community to save this historic building.
- On Patch
Monday, January 7
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
City officials are looking for folks interested in participating in the community cleanup of the historic downtown landmark.
New Port Richey city leaders recently decided to make a clean break with the potential developer of the Hacienda Hotel. Now, city officials are inviting the community to help clean up the downtown landmark. They recently announced that the cleanup is scheduled for Jan. 12, 8 a.m-11: 30 a.m. Lunch will be provided. “2013 is a year of new opportunities, a fresh start, and a chance for our community to come together and celebrate the treasures in our city,” said Susan Dillinger, New Port Richey’s Interim City Manager, in a press release. “I can’t think of a better place to start than the Hacienda Hotel. The city council voted last month to end their relationship with Community Development Partners, a development firm. The city had been …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
New Port Richey is taking a new direction with plans for the historic downtown property.
- On Patch
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
New Port Richey is taking a new direction with plans for the historic downtown property
New Port Richey City Council members voted Tuesday to end their relationship with a potential developer of the Hacienda Hotel. Four council members were present to vote at Tuesday’s meeting on sending a letter to Community Development Partners saying the city is closing the doors on negotiations with the firm to redevelop the Hacienda. All four voted to send the letter to CDP. The Hacienda Hotel, located right on Main Street, was built in the 1920s. It was used as a hotel for years, before it became an assisted living facility. The city Community Redevelopment Agency voted to buy the Hacienda Hotel in the middle of last decade, and it has sat vacant since 2006, when the assisted living facility moved out. The building is on the National…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The city is looking for volunteers to help with a community project at the historic property.
City officials want to get the Hacienda Hotel cleaned up, and they are looking for volunteers to assist with the effort. The city is planning a community cleanup day for the Hacienda that pulls in community groups and other willing volunteers from the area. Want to help? Interim City manager Susan Dillinger is building a list of volunteers and potential donors who want to aid in the effort. The date has not been announced yet, but one city council member has proposed the project take place the first or second Saturday in January. Parties interested in volunteering for the cleanup or donating to it can email Dillinger at email@example.com. They can also call the city manager’s office at 727-853-1021 and give Marilyn …