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2017 CRA Grant Cycle to Commence in May - Workshops Available

The City of St. Petersburg is launching the 2017 cycle of its South St. Petersburg CRA Grant Program to help support private investment in the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). The CRA Grant Program was created in 2015 as part of the city’s innovative, 30-year revitalization plan for South St. Pete designed to help boost private investment in commercial and multifamily residential development in South St. Petersburg. The CRA is generally located between Fourth St. and 49th St., from Second Ave. N. to 30th Ave. S. The City will begin taking CRA grant applications on May 8, 2017, with a deadline of 5 p.m. on June 16, 2017, for receipt of applications. (Dates subject to change).

In advance of the grant application deadline, City Administration is offering workshops and satellite office hours at various locations to assist with preparing the application. Workshop dates:

April 18, 2017 (5:30 to 7 pm)       
The Greenhouse (City Hall Annex), 440 Second Ave N

April 27, 2017 (6:30 to 8 pm)       
Greenhouse Satellite Office - at Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave S

Satellite office hours start April 19 at Childs Park YMCA and April 26 at Enoch Davis. More details to come.

Cross-Bay Ferry Partners With the Rays in April

The Cross-Bay Ferry is implementing later routes to accommodate Tampa Bay Rays fans wanting to attend April home games at Tropicana Field. The Rays are also offering $10 off any April home game ticket purchased at the Tropicana Field Box Office when fans show a Cross-Bay Ferry ticket. Ferry riders may ride a free PSTA baseball shuttle from the ferry dock to Tropicana Field for every Rays home game except April 21. Following the game, fans may ride the free baseball shuttle to one of two downtown stops, a short distance from the ferry dock.

St. Petersburg Partners for 'No Plastic Bags' Campaign

St. Petersburg is partnering with Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa to teach citizens about a universal problem - how to plastic bags out of their recycling.

The multimedia public education campaign features a regional video and website, Tampa Bay Recycles, which will provide citizens with correct recycling information and encourage them to keep plastic bags out of their recycling, no matter where they live in Tampa Bay.

Read more about the regional recycling effort, watch the video, or learn more at Tampa Bay Recycles.

2017 Commercial Revitalization Program Grant Applications Due in May

The Commercial Revitalization Program (CRP) provides grant awards to projects that involve future work on a new or existing commercial building or development, improve business districts by redeveloping properties, decrease commercial vacancy rates, leverage private investment and add to the tax base. The city expects to have approximately $250,000 this fiscal year available for these grants.

The CRP will provide funding for projects on the city's commercial corridors, outside of the downtown core, that provide visible improvements to a building or site, decrease vacancy rates of the area, provide missing retail or service opportunities, retain or create jobs, and/or create new commercial space. Successful applicants will be property owners that can demonstrate occupancy by a business (no speculative projects) or the business itself. This assistance is in the form of a grant, which will be paid at the successful completion of the project. Successful applicants will receive a Grant Agreement from the city, which may be used to secure needed funding to complete the project. Full program description, eligibility map and application can be found online at www.stpete.org/ecodev.

Applications for the FY17 cycle will be accepted through May 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Completed applications are to be submitted at One 4th Street North, 8th floor, in the office of Planning and Economic Development.

Applicants must submit the required Commercial Revitalization Program application and all attachments to the city's Economic Development office. Staff will assist applicants throughout the process and will provide information regarding the additional resources and availability, including The Greenhouse, Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation (TBBIC), and the Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation.

For additional information, please contact:

Sophia Sorolis, Manager 
Sophia.Sorolis@stpete.org

Briana Ozor, Economic Development Analyst
Briana.Ozor@stpete.org
Telephone: (727) 893-7100

 

 

Complete Streets Survey Ends Sunday, April 30

Citizens are encouraged to share their opinions through a survey that will help the city develop project recommendations for its Complete Streets Implementation Plan. Complete Streets is designed to improve our streets to accommodate a variety of users, including walkers, bicycle riders, motorists, persons with disabilities, public transit and commercial users, seniors, and children. The survey is available through 11:59 p.m. April 30. Questions should be emailed to Cheryl.Stacks@stpete.org.

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