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Lealman Community Redevelopment Area:
The Lealman Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) is the first redevelopment area 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 has begun the process of developing the CRA Plan, which will include further community analysis, advisory committee workshops and public meetings, and a variety of community engagement opportunities. The plan, in its final form will serve as a comprehensive framework to aggressively pursue a series of long-term, redevelopment and revitalization strategies while thoughtfully preserving Lealman’s history.
Following the adoption of the CRA Plan, the Lealman Redevelopment Trust Fund and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District will be established by ordinance, 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.
As part of this process, the Board of County Commission, 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) is charged with the task of advising the Community Redevelopment Agency on issues including adoption of the CRA Plan and implementation by providing recommendations and assistance in identifying and prioritizing projects consistent with the CRA Plan.
Community Redevelopment Area (CRA)
Lealman Brownfield Area Update:
In December 2018, Pinellas County will apply for a competitive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Assessment Grant. Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or underused properties where expansion, reuse, or redevelopment may be complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. If awarded, the grant funds will be used to conduct Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments on properties in the Lealman Brownfield Area that have been recognized as having potential for redevelopment. The County will use the federal funding to leverage public-private investments, spur the redevelopment of underutilized properties, and lift the community. This redevelopment effort will also increase the local tax base, facilitate job growth, and improve and protect the environment while utilizing existing infrastructure. Click here for a map of the Lealman Brownfield Area.
Please note that the Residential, Improvement, Commercial and Non-Residential Improvement and Demolition grant funding cycles are expected to begin again in January of 2019. Please check back for updates atthat time.
Lealman CRA Grant Programs:
- Residential Improvement
- Commercial & Non-Residential Improvement
- March 29, 2016 - agenda / minutes
- May 10, 2016 - agenda / minutes
- May 24, 2016 - agenda / minutes
- June 7, 2016 - agenda / minutes
CRA Agency Meetings:
Ordinances & Resoulutions:
Adopted Ord. 16-35 - Establishing Tax Increment Financing for Lealman CRA
Adopted Ord. 16-36 - Amending CRA Agency Name
Adopted Res. 16-40 - Approving Lealman CRA Plan
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- Lealman Citizen & Stakeholder Research Report
- The Economic Impact of Poverty (2012)
- Lealman Central Area Engineering Study (2012) - Worked with the community to identify ways that we can improve flooding and drainage concerns, as well as the overall quality of water flowing to Joe's Creek.
- Central_Lealman_Planning_Area (2003)
- Lealman Incorporation Feasibility Study (2002)
- Vision for Future Central Lealman - The residents, property owners, and businesses of Central Lealman have come together to identify what they want to see Central Lealman become in the future.
- Community Vision for Revitalization of Central Lealman - 2001 Adobe Acrobat Reader file (2001)