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  • Midtown St. Petersburg

    Progress to Date

    February 2012

  • Major Public and Private Investment in Midtown since 1999

    Midtown St. Petersburg Overview Page 1

    Since the early 1980s the City of St. Petersburg has made concerted efforts to revitalize, redevelop, and improve the quality of life for its urban core area known as Midtown. Midtown is a community located in a 5.51 square mile area just south of Downtown St. Petersburg, between 2nd Avenue North and 30th Avenue South to the north and south, and 4th Street and 34th Street to the east and west. Historically, Midtown was the center of the African-American community. African-Americans have had a profound influence on the City since the late 1800s. Many of the residents can trace their family histories back to the Florida boom and bust cycles that occurred throughout the first half of the twentieth century. This generational connection is an asset that provides continuity and a strong sense of belonging. As with other areas of the City, Midtown retains much of the character of its history.

    In the past twenty-five years, the City of St. Petersburg has facilitated a number of community development projects in Midtown that impact all facets of life for the area. The City has created a Midtown Strategic Planning Initiative to direct efforts to stimulate jobs for residents, make community improvements, and support entrepreneurs and small businesses. Below is an overview of some of the major private and public investment in Midtown.

    1. The Dome Industrial Park Community Redevelopment Area is a 158-acre area bounded generally by I-275 on the east and south, 1st Avenue South on the north and 34th Street South on the west. It includes the bulk of the area designated in March 1999 by the City Council as the Dome Industrial Park Plan, with the exception of the DIP Pilot Project Site. It also extends the DIP boundaries south of Fairfield Avenue South from 28th Street South to 31st Street South.

    Since 1999, the Dome Industrial Park has seen significant investment. Several of these projects, because they involved substantial public investment are detailed below and identified on the attached map. Notable private investment includes Greeno Painting, which completed an $800,000 expansion project at 230 21st Street South in 2001. In the same year, the St. Petersburg Clay Company opened its new facility in the renovated historic 1926 SCL Train Station at the corner of 5th Avenue South and 22nd Street. The Train Station features artists studios, kilns, equipment and supplies for ceramic artists as well as programs, workshops and galleries. In 2002, the St. Petersburg Employment and Economic Development Corporation developed a new electronics assembly program at 535 22nd Street South. The program provides CTI certification training and provides support to local electronics companies including Honeywell and Raytheon. In 2006, the Alvarez Photography Studio, located at


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    150 22nd Street South, opened at a cost of $650,000, while in 2007, a $900,000 dialysis clinic opened at 650 34th Street South.

    Since 2005, the City of St. Petersburg has used federal Community Development Block Grant and Economic Development Initiative funds to acquire land in the Dome Industrial Park to promote business retention, expansion and recruitment. As of February 2012, the City has purchased more than fifty parcels totaling over $7.7 million for these purposes.

    2. Pinellas County Job Corps Center The Department of Labors facility provides on-site job training opportunities for young men and women, in a variety of vocations including health occupations and construction. This $40 million capital investment by the federal government, coupled with the Citys $3.7 million in land acquisition using federal funding from 1999 to 2004, represents a key milestone in the Citys efforts to redevelop the 22nd Street South corridor and Midtown. The nine-building complex includes vocational education facilities, a recreation center, gymnasium, administrative offices, a student service center, and two dormitories. Its students currently receive education and training in health care, construction, automotive repair, hospitality, and information technology.

    3. Historic Manhattan Casino Built in 1925, the Manhattan Casino is significant for its contribution to entertainment and culture in the African-American community for more than forty years. Some of American musics most legendary performers played at the Manhattan including James Brown, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Fats Domino, and the Ink Spots. The Manhattan Casino closed as a dance hall in 1966. After acquiring the property for $520,000, the City spent over $2.4 million to renovate the older structure, and construct an addition to house the main entrance and elevator lobby.

    4. DIP Stormwater Improvements In 2010, the City invested approximately $850,000 to construct storm drainage improvements on 24th Street South between 5th and 6th Avenue S and the intersection of the Pinellas Rail Trail.


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    5. Atherton Oil Site The City continues federally-funded environmental remediation at the Atherton Oil site in the 2500 block of 6th Avenue South in the Dome Industrial Park Community Redevelopment Area, including remediation of contaminated soils and mitigation of groundwater contamination. Full site remediation began in the first quarter of 2010, with remediation equipment constructed in 2010. Thus far, the City has invested over $730,000 in this project. Cleanup of the site to meet the Florida Department of Environmental Protection targets is expected to be completed by 2013.

    6. Lantmannen Unibake In 2006, Euro-Bake (now Unibake)

    opened a new 55,000-SF facility adjoining its existing 12,000-SF manufacturing plant, in the Dome Industrial Park. This $8.0 million investment represents the best in private-public partnerships as the City was able to provide incentives, assemble land and remedy environmental issues to ensure the commercial baker was retained in St. Petersburg rather than relocate to Manatee County to meet its expansion plan requirements.

    With 75 existing employees and the potential to double that amount, City officials worked with the company to design a creative redevelopment plan adjacent to its current location. While the company purchased one-half a block, the City secured the other half, which was languishing due to environmental issues, for nearly $320,000 using Community Development Block Grant funding. The City remediated the site and resold the land to the bakery.

    7. The Pinellas Trail In 2008, the City invested $2.9 million to complete the Pinellas Trail

    extension through the Dome Industrial Park. This effort involved reconstruction of the former rail line through the DIP from 34th Street South to I-275, with intersection crossings at 28th Street South and 22nd Street/5th Avenue South. With the DIP segment completed, trail users can now travel nearly forty miles along the Trail from Demens Landing in Downtown St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, in north Pinellas County.

    8. Jordan School Renovation The Jordan School Project, which houses the Pinellas Countys Head Start and Early Start programs, is one of the most celebrated projects in Midtown St. Petersburg. The City invested $3.9 million to renovate the historic Jordan School, which opened its doors to the African-American community in 1925 to serve almost 1,100 African American youth living in St. Petersburg, allowing the rebirth of the school that had closed its doors in 1997.


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    The Jordan School Project, which has a grey-water cistern system, solar panels and other energy efficient elements, is the Citys first Green renovation project, having received a Silver LEED Certification from the United States Green Building Council.

    9. Jordan Park Renovation (HOPE VI) In 2000, the

    St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA) reopened the Jordan Park public housing complex as part of a $28.5 renovation funded with a federal Hope VI grant and $3-million City contribution using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The new Jordan Park site has tree-lined streets, landscaped yards and new and rehabilitated homes with front porches creating a modem residential neighborhood.

    10. The Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum adjoins Jordan Park and

    presents the history of the African-American community in St. Petersburg through a local, regional, and national perspective. Named after the Father of Black History Month, the museum not only interprets the past but also provides a venue for community gatherings, weddings and meetings as well as the Legacy Gardens for quiet enjoyment and contemplation. The Museum was renovated for nearly $590,000 by the St. Petersburg Housing Authority as part of the Jordan Park Hope VI grant.

    11. St. Petersburg College Achievement Center The 10,000-SF Achievement Center was constructed for $2 million by the St. Petersburg Housing Authority as part of its