Gram's place sucessfully is rezoned for business by Mitch E. Perry02/15/07
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
The Tampa City Council today approved an ordinance that will insure that the funky Tampa Heights hostel known as Gram’s Place, will continue to exist.
The establishment, owned by Mark Holland, has existed on Ola Avenue near Plymouth in Tampa since the late 1980s. But for the last 4 years, Inspectors have listed a series of code violations for the hostel dedicated to country rock performer Gram Parsonss
Rochelle Bross is a member of the Tampa Heights Civic Association. She said she was in strong support of Gram’s Place (roll tape#1 o.q.”or any place like that”)
Lee Humes is the Executive Director of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, but said she was speaking simply in her own opinion. She called Grams Place a tremendous asset to the City of Tampa (roll tape#2 o.q.”that type of environment”)
Daniel Amparo was a critical voice speaking out against Gram’s Place (roll tape#3 o.q.”right up to the property line”)
Amparo presented letters from some local residents who said they never realized that Grams Place owner Mark Holland has been running a business in a residential area for years. (roll tape#4 o.q.”rights and concerns”)
Such complaints did find a sympathetic ear in the form of Councilman Sean Harrison
(roll tape#5 o.q.”for these things”)
Holland was represented in his actions with the City Council by former state lawmaker
Sara Romeo. (roll tape#6 oq.other communities do not have”)
Upon hearing some negative comments about Grams Place, Councilmember John Dingfelder said it was sad to see and hear such hostility about a hostel (roll tape#7 o.q.”
The rezoning for Grams Place was approved 4-1, with Councilmember Sean Harrison dissenting.