A new proposal for the Grace Church property

This is the church property.  When the City of St. Pete held a public hearing hundreds of opponents turned out in what city planners called the most vocal opposition they had heard on a project in some time.



(UPDATE: On 2/11, the commission turned down this request, but the attorney for the developer said the developer will appeal to the city council.  Our civic association has taken NO official stance on this issue and this update is meant for your information, not as a position for or against this development.)
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While this is not IN our civic group area, it is next door and you might be interested.
The Grace Church property on 64th Street, as you will recall, had been considered for low-income housing development by the City of St. Pete.  The church wanted to sell but a heated neighborhood outcry forced a change and the church made a deal to sell to another (undisclosed) church.  Now, that deal has fallen through and another group proposes a (55+ community) high-rise development on the property.

The group called Pasadena Gulfport St Petersbursburg Neighbors Unit says:

There is now a new contract with Blue Skies Community, a developer which specializes in high-density housing developments with a specific focus on low income affordability. The contract or purchase of the property is contingent upon the same process which the City of Saint Petersburg had attempted last year. The contract demands the approval of both Land Use and Zoning changes required to build a proposed 94 units on the roughly 4.5 acre lot (an average 20 units per acre).

The group strongly opposes any change in density zoning and plans to say so tomorrow.

This is what the group posted on it’s website:

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This is what the current zoning allows and what the change would allow.

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