Ribbon cutting set for Lector 85 apartments in Historic Ybor City

Interior of a lobby with brown suede couches, an espresso bar, and colorful curtains.

There’s a new spot to call home in Historic Ybor City. A ribbon cutting is set for Lector 85 with Ybor City Chamber of Commerce at 4:30pm on August 24. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor will be in attendance for the ceremony. Located in the historical and tight-knit neighborhood of Ybor City, Lector 85 apartment homes pay homage to lectors, the individuals who entertained and imparted new ideals to workers in the area.

Lector 85 was made to provide the “sleekest standard of living and be one of the most luxury apartments Tampa offers,” write the Lector 85 managers. Their modern interior finishes and convenient community perks billed as the perfect addition to this historical and cultural hub.


A large pool surrounded by apartment balconies. A palm tree is set in the right corner. Lounge chairs are arranged around the pool.

Many will recognize the Lector 85 name and its ties to Ybor. Founded in 1885, Ybor City coined a unique profession and cultural leader known as “Lectors.” To stay entertained throughout the workday, the historic cigar factory workers would open pay individuals to read books, newspapers, and magazines aloud for hours on end.

These individuals eventually became known as Lectors and evolved into highly respected influential leaders who imparted new ideas. Today, Lector 85 exists to celebrate Ybor’s roots while providing a space for a new generation of cultural leaders to emerge.


A large bike room. Roughly 8 bikes are set vertically along a grey brick wall.

Residents can take advantage of myriad community perks. Those amenities include a large pool and sun deck, spaces to work like a communal conference room and resident lounge, an outdoor kitchen with grills and gorgeous courtyard with fire pit, a 24-hour fitness center equipped with a yoga room, a coffee + tea bar, plus plenty of bike parking and most importantly, a pet-friendly environment and pet spa for all the pet-parents.

Lector 85 is located at 2409 E 2nd Avenue.

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