The three-story Samuel L. Davis Cigar Factory, located at 900 N. Howard Ave., is for sale. This building is one of 24 factories that remain from Tampa Bay’s famous cigar era. At one point, there were over 200 factories in our city alone.
Although there are not many specific details available about the sale, the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser’s website states that JMC Property Investments Inc. purchased the building for $275,000 in 1994. Today, the factory is valued at $1,315,100.
Surprisingly, the factory is not a historic landmark which means the exterior can be altered. Demolition, however, requires a sign off from the Tampa City Council.
Stay tuned to Business in Tampa to see what comes of the 34,000-square-foot cigar factory.