investment corridor

The purpose of the Advantage Pinellas Investment Corridor Transition Plan is to evaluate Alternate US 19 (SR 595) from SR 60 to 58th Street North at 5th Avenue North, and 58th Street North from 5th Avenue North to Central Avenue.

Project Contact: Christina Mendoza

Email: cmendoza@forwardpinellas.com

Phone: 727.464.5693

Forward Pinellas worked with our partner agencies to identify the locations best suited for premium transit service in the County. This analysis looked at population, employment, workforce development, and affordable and workforce housing. Locations were scored based on these factors, and Forward Pinellas identified the best routes to connect these areas via transit service. These priority corridors are designated as multimodal corridors on the Land Use Strategy Map featured in The Countywide Plan for Pinellas County, as well as the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan, known as Advantage Pinellas. Through Advantage Pinellas, Forward Pinellas has created the Investment Corridor Strategy, where the priority investment corridors identified in the Countywide Plan Land Use Strategy Map will be prioritized for transit investment. The Countywide Plan was recently amended to allow for increased densities and intensities along the investment corridors that would encourage development and redevelopment opportunities. This approach to transportation investments and future growth will serve to protect our established neighborhoods and enhance the areas best suited for additional growth and redevelopment. The Countywide Plan has established land use goals and strategies that will build upon the existing development pattern, preserving the character of established neighborhoods while channeling higher-density and intensity growth into appropriate centers and corridors where multimodal transportation infrastructure exists or is planned. The Alternate US 19 Corridor is identified as one of the priority investment corridors.

bus on us19

This project will be coordinated with local and regional agency partners such as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), the Cities of Largo, Seminole, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, unincorporated portions of Pinellas County, and other public and private-sector partner agencies and organizations. The goal is to develop a redevelopment and economic opportunity strategy that encourages the incorporation of enhanced transit service and other multimodal transportation options to link jobs, job training, and workforce housing. This will be done by utilizing a context-sensitive approach. This project will create a vision for the subject corridor that establishes a comprehensive redevelopment strategy to accommodate future growth and economic opportunity for Pinellas County’s diverse workforce. This study will involve a community-based evaluation to determine how best to meet current and future development needs, and to establish a long-term plan to guide the evolution of the corridor that appropriately correlates the balance between land use and transportation planning.

The collaboration between Forward Pinellas and key stakeholders will include establishing a Project Advisory Group (PAG) comprised of agency staff from the FDOT, PSTA, and the Cities of Largo, Seminole, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and unincorporated portions of Pinellas County Forward Pinellas will engage this group throughout the planning process to seek input into the planning process and to promote a heightened awareness of context-sensitive design issues as part of the corridor redevelopment process. The Consultant will also provide input on the best method to engage other public and private partner agencies and organizations, as well as local residents, businesses, and property owners.

The outcome of this Transition Plan will include the development of a Corridor Redevelopment Plan, which will outline a series of guiding goals and objectives and will identify a redevelopment strategy that includes phasing actions that will result in robust revitalization and reinvestment, direct ongoing management, and prevent uses that are inconsistent with the vision for the area. This will include an assessment of regulatory barriers to redevelopment, particularly for housing that’s affordable and development that is accessible by all modes. This study will be developed within a context that reflects the long-term vision for the study corridor. The details of the plan will be developed in an environment that encourages input and collaboration from stakeholders. The Corridor Redevelopment Plan will include short, mid and long-term implementation strategies that guide future development within the corridor, as well as specific improvements that can potentially be advanced in the near term.

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