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Lealman Community Redevelopment Area:
The Lealman Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), established in 2015, is the first CRA in unincorporated Pinellas County. With established neighborhood patterns, access to major roadways, varying land options for housing and retail redevelopment, proximity to the Pinellas Trail, Downtown St. Pete and the beaches, Lealman offers significant opportunity for reinvestment.
In a collaborative effort, the County adopted the Lealman CRA Redevelopment Plan (Plan) in 2016. The Plan serves as a comprehensive framework for long-term development, economic development, and redevelopment revitalization strategies to address blighted conditions and improve the overall quality of life in the Lealman CRA over 30 years. Guided by the community, and supported by data and analysis, the Plan lays the foundation for the County, property owners, and developers by setting forth specific expectations, roles, relationships, and participation by the public and private sector to ensure the successful redevelopment of the Lealman CRA.
Following the adoption of the CRA Plan, the Lealman Redevelopment Trust Fund and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District was established by ordinance in 2016, freezing the tax base and establishing the base valuation of the property located within the CRA boundaries. Going forward, all taxes assessed on future increases in the value of properties within the CRA are appropriated to the Redevelopment Trust Fund and are to be used for implementing the Plan.
As part of this process, the Board of County Commissioners, acting in their capacity as the Pinellas County Community Redevelopment Agency (PCCRA) will administer all redevelopment activities. In addition, the appointed Lealman Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee (LCRAAC) was created in 2015 and is charged with the task of advising the PCCRA on issues related to the CRA Plan, including its original adoption and amendments thereto.
View the Lealman CRA Advisory Committee web page for information on meeting agendas, minutes, and materials.
View the Pinellas County Community Redevelopment Agency Special Districts web page for more information related to the creation and administration of the Lealman CRA.
Pinellas County is seeking input for the Lealman CRA, Form-Based Code (FBC) initiative. The Lealman CRA is scheduled to be the first area in unincorporated county to utilize a Form-Based Code (FBC), customized to consider the overall goals of a community and itsí neighborhoods. For more information, view the flyer or visit www.LealmanFBC.com .
Lealman CRA Grant Programs
Staff have temporarily suspended the Residential and Non-Residential application cycle due to potentially receiving qualifying applications for all available grant funds. Applications can still be submitted to LealmanCRA@pinellascounty.org or via hand delivery to the Lealman Exchange, located at 5175 45th St. N., St. Petersburg, 33714, and these applications will still be reviewed on a first come, first qualified approval process should additional grant funds become available. Staff will contact everyone who submits an application for an eligibility status update.