V.M. Ybor ,
9th Ave. & Republica de Cuba
The massive 88,000 V.M. Ybor cigar factory was built in 1886 by the founder of Ybor City, Don Vicente Martinez Ybor. Recently, the Church of Scientology, which also owns the Adres Diaz Cigar Factory, purchased the V.M. Ybor factory for $7 million and spend another $6 million restoring it. Besides the Church, the factory, known as Ybor Square, also houses Creative Loafing (which recently published an article about Tampa Changing) and the Spaghetti Warehouse.
[…] The 3-story 18,000 square foot Andres Diaz cigar factory was built in 1908. In the 1980s the factory was renovated and turned into office space. In 2001 the building was bought by the Church of Scientology. However, in the coming years, the Church of Scientology will be relocating their facilities to the larger V.M. Ybor Cigar factory. […]