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City Launches 2017 South St. Petersburg CRA Grant Program

St. Petersburg, FL (April 12, 2017) – 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. Click here to see the CRA boundaries.

**Please note that legislation is being considered by the Florida Legislature, which if passed, would end the South St. Petersburg CRA Grant Program and others like it throughout the state. The city should know by May 5, 2017, if the legislation was approved and whether or not it can proceed with this or any future grant cycle.**

There are five programs where interested parties can apply, in three overall categories:

Business Development (~$400,000 recommended budget)

Commercial Site Improvement Grant  and Application

Commercial Building Interior and Tenant Improvement Grant  and Application

Commercial Revitalization Program (~$50,000 recommended budget)

Commercial Revitalization Program and Application

Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization (~$122,000 budget)

Affordable Multifamily Housing Development Program   and Application

Multifamily Residential Property Improvement Grant  and Application

The City will begin taking CRA grant applications on Monday, May 8, 2017, with a deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017, for receipt of applications. (Dates subject to change). Applications must be delivered to the Planning and Economic Development Department, which is located on the Ninth floor of the Municipal Services Center at One Fourth Street North in Downtown St. Petersburg.

In advance of the grant application deadline, City Administration is offering workshops in various locations and satellite office hours at either Enoch Davis Recreation Center or the Childs Park YMCA to assist with preparing the application. Please see below for days and hours: 

2017 CRA TIF Grant Workshops 
April 18  (5:30 to 7 pm)         The Greenhouse (City Hall Annex)   440 Second Ave N
April 27  (6:30 to 8 pm)         Greenhouse Satellite Office (Enoch Davis) 1111 18th Ave S
 May 11  (5:30 to 7 pm)         The Greenhouse (City Hall Annex)   440 Second Ave N
 May 18  (6:30 to 8 pm)         Greenhouse Satellite Office (Enoch Davis) 1111 18th Ave S
 May 24  (6 to 7:30 pm)         The Greenhouse (City Hall Annex)   440 Second Ave N
**June 20  (2 to 3:30 pm)      The Greenhouse (City Hall Annex) 440 Second Ave N

Satellite Office Hours (1 to 5 pm at the following locations):

Enoch Davis Recreation Center
1111 18th Ave S
Childs Park YMCA
691 43rd St S
April 26, 2017 April 19, 2017
May 10, 2017 May 3, 2017
May 24, 2017 May 17, 2017
June 7, 2017 May 31, 2017
**June 21, 2017 June 14, 2017
  **June 28, 2017
**Subject to cancellation depending on grant deadline.

Staff Contact 
Anthony Chan, Economic Development Specialist
Planning and Economic Development Department
City of St. Petersburg   
One Fourth St. N. - Ninth Floor
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
727-551-3279 or tony.chan@stpete.org

In addition to CRA TIF-funded housing programs that are limited to multi-family properties (three or more units), the city offers various options to help improve single family homes such as Rebates for Residential Rehabs, emergency and/or basic home repair loans, and accessibility improvements. And for low income, elderly or disabled residents, the Neighborhood Team offers help renovating single family homes, providing exterior painting, carpentry, access ramps, minor plumbing repairs and other eligible services. To learn more about these other programs, call the City’s Housing and Community Development Department, 727-893-7247.

For more information, contact the city’s CRA Coordinator Rick Smith, at 727-893-7106 or visit www.stpete.org/CRA.

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