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Project Update

After a thorough vetting process by the Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC) as part of the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) process, and negotiations with developers, Mayor Kenneth T. Welch has determined the TPA/Moffitt project does not provide sufficient affordable housing and is not selecting them for development of property located on the 800 block of 1st Ave. South.  

Please read more about the decision here.

Project Overview

The first project of the Community Benefits Agreement program is located on a 4.59-acre site at 800 1st Ave. S. in downtown St. Pete, sought to be developed by the TPA Group in conjunction with Moffitt Cancer Center along with UPC Insurance (the “Project”).

Proposal Details

The Project proposal called for the development of a mixed-use project that would include a state-of-the-art outpatient cancer care facility, a mixed-use modern multi-family residential tower with a workforce housing component, activated ground floor retail, a public-access parking garage, and the retention and future expansion site of the United Insurance headquarters.

CBAC Ad Hoc Members

For specific CBA projects, four ad hoc members are selected as-needed and join standing members to comprise a full CBAC. Ad hoc members were chosen from residents within one mile of the project location. The Mayor and City Council each appointed two ad hoc members, as needed. Additionally, one City Council member was selected by their peers, as needed, as an ad hoc member of the CBAC for each project. Ad hoc members served until the project is approved by City Council or withdrawn.

Learn more about the committee and view agendas, packets and minutes here.

CBA Project Timeline

  • November 2021:  TPA submitted an unsolicited proposal, which was approved to move forward by the prior administration
  • February 2022:  TPA project was identified as a CBA project. The land was appraised at $21.1 million and TPA offered $5 million for the land to develop the project. The City’s investment of $19.1 million in the project made the project a Tier 2 CBA project.
  • May 13, 2022:  An initial CBA community input meeting was held. The TPA Presentation found here. Community input called for an increase to the proposed percentage of affordable and workforce housing in the project.
  • June 17, 2022:  The CBAC met to discuss the proposed benefits of the project and provide recommendations to TPA, including to increase the percentage of affordable housing.
  • August 1, 2022:  The CBAC met to make recommendation regarding proposed project benefits. The TPA presentation can be found here (link).  Changes in proposed benefits through the CBA process can be found here (link). The CBAC voted unanimously to request Mayor Welch negotiate an increase in affordable and workforce housing on the project. The CBAC voted 5-1 to support other proposed benefits within the project.
  • August 10, 2022: Mayor Welch held negotiations with TPA to increase the percentage of affordable and workforce housing, resulting in no change to the final proposed 17.5% of affordable housing inclusion among total residential units (400.)
  • August 12, 2022:  Mayor Welch determined the TPA project does not provide sufficient community benefit, specifically related to affordable housing, and is not selecting the project to proceed.  Read Mayor Welch’s press release here.