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City announces new revitalization effort in southside St. Pete
City announces new revitalization effort in southside St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Florida -- City officials have initiated a new revitalization planning project for south St. Petersburg in the areas generally known as Midtown and the greater Childs Park area.

The planning project is expected to be completed within 18 months and will ultimately result in a comprehensive economic development strategy addressing many of the challenges facing south St. Petersburg.

"We've seen the positive effects that tax increment financing can accomplish downtown, where new tax dollars generated by growth in the district went back to the downtown area to fund additional improvements there, whether it be streetscape, improvements to city facilities or assembling land for redevelopment," explained Mayor Bill Foster. "I am optimistic the same type of multiplying effect will bring future improvements to the south side of St. Petersburg." City Council Chairman Karl Nurse agrees: "It creates an opportunity when somebody is considering investing in an area," said Nurse.

Pinellas County has expressed a keen interest in the revitalization effort and will be an active partner in identifying and implementing necessary projects and programs. The BCC is tentatively scheduled to formally authorize the city to begin the redevelopment planning process on July 9, 2013.

In addition to City Council and Commission meetings, the city will hold community-wide meetings beginning in July through September to gather input on the Community Redevelopment Plan. A community kickoff meeting will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013 at the south St. Petersburg campus of Pinellas Technical Education Centers, located at 901 34th St. S. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the second level in Room G-8. Future meeting dates will be announced following the July 15 meeting. For more information, contact Rick D. Smith at 727-893-7106 or rick.smith@stpete.org.

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