Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

South St. Pete CRA citizens’ committee asked to weigh in on proposed design changes

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Members of the citizen advisory board to the South St. Pete community redevelopment area will have a chance to weigh in on design standards governing the appearance of homes in the area.

They’ll also have an opportunity to comment on the way financial grants are awarded in the area.

Both items are on the group’s Jan. 10 agenda.

Among the proposed design changes is a reduction in the number of windows required in a home, as well as the elimination of the 360-degree architecture requirement. That’s a requirement that all sides of the house are architecturally the same; that is, if the front is stucco, then all sides that can be seen from the street also must be stucco.

But the major discussion will focus on whether there should be different standards in the south St. Petersburg CRA than in other areas of the city. Requiring fewer windows in a home and eliminating the need for all sides to be architecturally the same will also save money and could encourage redevelopment and refurbishment of homes.

The group will also consider recommending changes to the way grant money is handed out in the south St. Petersburg CRA. Among the proposed changes: the formation of a committee to review applications and the creation of a point system to help evaluate the applications. There would also be additional grant money for projects that meet certain job creation and hiring requirements.

The citizen advisory committee is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N.

Latest from The Bay and the 'Burg

Go to Top