PINELLAS COUNTY, FL —- The Forward Pinellas Board awarded the City of Tarpon Springs and the City of St. Petersburg with over $1 million for Complete Streets projects. These projects include a $1 million construction grant and a $100,000 concept grant, which focus on safety and accessibility for everyone in our community while encouraging redevelopment and economic growth.
“This award will be an incredible opportunity to increase safety and traffic flow for the area,” said the City of Tarpon Springs Vice Mayor Jacob Karr. “We are grateful for our partnership with Forward Pinellas and looking forward to improving the Disston Avenue corridor for the residents of Tarpon Springs.”
Complete Streets projects awarded include:
This project’s focus is to create a corridor that will revitalize a portion of the historic Union Academy neighborhood, provide more connections for people on bikes, walking or driving, and encourage desired redevelopment and economic growth. The city must spend planning and design concept funding over the next year to develop a plan for the roadway.
In response to the desired revitalization and redevelopment in the Deuces neighborhood, this project will improve 22nd Street South a livable street with wider and more comfortable places for people to walk and bike. Construction funding will become available in about five years to reflect annual updates of the Florida Department of Transportation Work Program.
Over the past four years, the Forward Pinellas Board has awarded more than $5 million toward the Complete Streets Program with the intent of assisting communities to meet their goals by providing safe access for all users, regardless of mode of transportation, age or physical ability. The Complete Streets Program provides opportunities for transformative land use changes by creating opportunities for walkable, bikeable and more livable communities.
Learn about the Complete Streets Awards here: forwardpinellas.org/projects/complete-streets/
For information on how to apply for future grants, visit: forwardpinellas.org/2020-call-for-projects/