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Citizen Advisory Committee now accepting applications
Pinellas County is now accepting applications to fill two vacancies on the Citizen Advisory Committee for the Lealman Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. The application can be found at www.pinellascounty.org/boards.
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.
Lealman Form-Based Code
The Lealman CRA will be one of the first areas in unincorporated county to utilize a Form Based Code (FBC). This code will help to guide development and redevelopment by focusing on the relationships between buildings, sidewalks, and streets, while promoting walkability. Each form based code district has its own unique intent and set of regulatory standards, customized to achieve the overall goals of the community and its neighborhoods, as established in the Lealman CRA Plan.
If you would like to view a copy of the draft Lealman FBC document or have additional questions, please contact the Pinellas County Housing and Community Development Department at 727-464-8200 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lealman CRA Grant Programs
Residential Grant Program
The Lealman CRA Residential Site Improvement / Demolition grant program has temporarily closed as of December 1, 2020. A new grant application cycle is anticipated to open soon. Please call (727) 464-5404 for more information.
Commercial Improvement Grant Program
The Lealman CRA Commercial Site Improvement / Demolition grant program has temporarily closed as of May 19, 2021. A new grant application cycle is anticipated to open soon. Please call (727) 464-5404 for more information.
Lealman CRA Advisory Committee
About the Committee
View the Lealman CRA Advisory Committee web page for information on meeting agendas, minutes, and materials.
Pinellas County Community Redevelopment Agency
The Pinellas County Community Redevelopment Agency is a special district board tasked with carrying out redevelopment activities within designated Community Redevelopment Areas (CRAs), specifically the Pinellas County Community Redevelopment Area. For more information related to the creation and administration of the Lealman, visit the Pinellas County Community Redevelopment Agency web page.
Lealman Exchange Community Center
The Lealman Exchange is a hub for programs and services that meet the needs of the Lealman Community. The 77,000 square-foot community center offers classrooms, offices and a multiuse gymnasium. Pinellas County and local partners already provide a wide range of services on site including job search and resume writing support, daycare, personalized education, behavioral therapy and free civil legal aid for vulnerable residents. To learn more, visit the Lealman Exchange.