Pensacola

What are the Eastside and Westside redevelopment projects?

August 1, 2017

In April, the Pensacola City Council approved CRA work plans. The mayor has proposed the city issue $5.3 million in revenue bonds to implement some of the projects in the Eastside and Westside districts.

Here are the projects listed in the plan:

Eastside

GENERAL “CHAPPIE” JAMES MUSEUM AND FLIGHT ACADEMY …………….. EST. COST: $1.3 M
Description: Construction anticipated to be completed during the summer of 2017. Loan repayment during current and future fiscal years.
Location(s): 1608 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Funding Status: Funded by TIF and City Financing.
FY18 TIF Allocation: TBD – Future revenues will be committed to debt service.
Next Steps:
1. Implementation of Construction Contract
2. Lease Development and Monitoring with Museum and Flight Academy

“CHAPPIE” JAMES MUSEUM AND FLIGHT ACADEMY PARKING EXPANSION…. EST. COST: $440K
Description: Property acquisition of brownfield site and parking improvements to meet additional parking needs in support of the General “Chappie” James Museum and Flight Academy.
Location(s): 1700 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. (Target)
Funding Status: Funding appropriated by the City of Pensacola.
FY18 TIF Allocation: $0 ($440K City Appropriation)
Next Steps:
1. Negotiate Potential Contract for Acquisition
2. Pursue Environmental Assessment and Remediation
3. Engineered Design and Construction

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM………. EST. COST: $350K
Description: The goal of this program is to encourage and support revitalization efforts by funding improvements which enhance the visual appearance of residential properties within the redevelopment area.
Location: Eastside CRA
Funding Status: Unfunded. Potential sources of funding include financing and outside grants.
FY18 TIF Allocation: TBD – Future revenues may be committed to bond debt service.
Next Steps:
1. Development of Program Guidelines and Application
2. Program Marketing, Outreach and Administration

HOLLICE T. WILLIAMS GREENWAY IMPROVEMENTS……… EST. COST: $16.4 M
Description: Greenway improvements to the 1.3 mile linear park located beneath the I-10 Interstate, as identified in the Hollice T. Williams Greenway Framework Plan. Improvements to feature artistic, recreational and colorful landscape enhancements, and park amenities.
Location: Eastside CRA
Funding Status: Unfunded. Potential sources of funding include financing, TIF, LOST and outside grants.
FY18 TIF Allocation: TBD – Future revenues may be committed to bond debt service.
Next Steps:
1. Identify viable funding sources
2. Plan implementation


For Westside

PROJECTS
“A” STREETSCAPE PROJECT……………………………………… EST. COST: $5.2 M
Description: Streetscape improvements to “A” street following a “Complete Street” design including on-street parking improvements, and installation of decorative lighting and landscaping.
Location: “A” Street from Main to Cervantes Street
Funding Status: Unfunded. Seeking financing and/or grant opportunities. Potential sources include financing, LOST, and TIF.
FY18 TIF Allocation: TBD – Future revenues may be committed to debt service.
Next Steps:
1. Identify Viable Funding Sources
2. Engineering Design
3. Construction

BAPTIST HOSPITAL/WEST MORENO DISTRICT REVITILIZATION STRATEGY ….. EST. COST: $50K
Description: Completion of Phase I, Reconnaissance and Strategic Assessment and Phase II, Development Plan and Implementation Strategy, pursuant to Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City, CRA, County and Baptist Hospital.
Location(s): Area surrounding Baptist Hospital/West Moreno District
Funding Status: Funding complete.
FY18 TIF Allocation: $NA
Next Steps:
1. Finalization of Development Plan and Implementation Strategy
2. Coordination of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the City, CRA, County and Baptist Hospital for Plan Implementation.
Plan Implementation – Coordination with Public and Private Partners on Office/Retail Development, and Stormwater, Streetscape and Residential Improvements.

WEST MORENO STREETSCAPE PROJECT……………………….. EST. COST: $9.3 M
Description: Streetscape improvements to seven street segments surrounding Baptist Hospital following a “Complete Street” design including stormwater improvements, on-street parking improvements, and installation of decorative lighting and landscaping. This project is a public priority project contained within the Baptist Hospital/West Moreno District Development Plan and Implementation Strategy.
Location(s): “E” Street from Cervantes to Moreno Street; Moreno, Blount and Lee Street from “E” to “J” Street; “H”, “G”, and “F” Street from Blount to Moreno Street.
Funding Status: Unfunded. Seeking financing and/or grant opportunities. Potential sources include financing, Local RESTORE Funds, Triumph Gulf Coast, FDEP CWS Revolving Loan Fund, 319 Grant, TMDL Grant, FEMA/FDEM Grants, FDEP Recreation Grants, LOST, NFWF, TAP, and TIF. *Request submitted for LOST funding.
FY18 TIF Allocation: TBD – Future revenues may be committed to debt service.
Next Steps:
1. Partner with Baptist Hospital, the City of Pensacola, and Escambia County
2. Identify Viable Funding Sources
3. Engineering Design
4. Construction

WEST MORENO STORMWATER PARK PROJECT………………… EST. COST: $3 M
Description: Engineered design and construction of a linear stormwater park. Project includes property acquisition, stormwater and park improvements to address area stormwater and flooding issues and establish a centralized community asset. Implemented in coordination with the City’s Public Works Department, and Baptist Hospital. *This project is a public priority project contained within the Baptist Hospital/West Moreno District Development Plan and Implementation Strategy.
Location(s): Three blocks from Lee Street to West Moreno Street between “E” and “F” Streets.
Funding Status: Partially funded through the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Flood Mitigation Grant. Seeking grant opportunities. Potential sources include Local RESTORE Funds, Triumph Gulf Coast, FDEP CWS Revolving Loan Fund, 319 Grant, TMDL Grant, FDEP Recreation Grants, and NFWF.
FY18 TIF Allocation: TBD – Future revenues may be committed to debt service.
Next Steps:
1. Partner with Baptist Hospital, the City of Pensacola, and Escambia County
2. Identify Viable Funding Sources
3. Engineering Design
4. Construction

COMMUNITY POLICING……………………………………………. EST. COST: $180K
Description: Implementation of community policing strategies, including a public safety symposium, through the City of Pensacola Police Department.
Location: Westside CRA
Funding Status: Funding allocated from TIF for FY 2017.
FY17 TIF Allocation: $90K
FY18 TIF Allocation: $90K
Next Steps:
1. Preparation of Interlocal Agreement
2. Implementation

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM ………. EST. COST: $100K+
Description: The goal of this program is to encourage and support revitalization efforts by funding improvements which enhance the visual appearance of residential properties within the redevelopment area. *This project is a public priority project contained within the Baptist Hospital/West Moreno District Development Plan and Implementation Strategy. *WRB Priority Project
Target Area(s): Baptist/West Moreno Phase 1a Focus Area
Location: Westside CRA
Funding Status: Funding allocated from TIF for FY 2017. Seeking financing options for supplemental funding. Future revenues may be committed to debt service.
FY17 TIF Allocation: $100K (Supplemental funding to be provided through financing under “Property Rehabilitation, Land Acquisition, Clearance and Redevelopment”).
Next Steps:
1. Development of Program Guidelines and Application
2. Program Marketing, Outreach and Administration

AFFORDABLE INFILL PROGRAM …………………………………… EST. COST: $TBD
Description: The goal of this program is to encourage construction and purchase of affordable housing for mixed income home ownership. Includes funding of site acquisition, demolition and preparation for redevelopment. Affordable home construction will be underwritten by the value of the land and site improvements. *This project is a public priority project contained within the Baptist Hospital/West Moreno District Development Plan and Implementation Strategy.*WRB Priority Project
Target Area(s): Baptist/West Moreno Phase 1a Focus Area
Location: Westside CRA
Funding Status: Seeking financing opportunities. (Funding for this program to be provided through financing under “Property Rehabilitation, Land Acquisition, Clearance and Redevelopment”).
FY17 TIF Allocation: TBD – Future revenues may be committed to debt service.
Next Steps:
1. Development of Program Guidelines and Application
2. Program Marketing, Outreach and Administration

HAZARDOUS TREE PROGRAM …………………………………….. EST. COST: $10K
Description: The goal of this program is to remove trees and/or limbs which pose a hazard to residential properties within the redevelopment area. *WRB Priority Project
Location: Westside CRA
Funding Status: Funding allocated from TIF for FY 2017.
FY17 TIF Allocation: $10K
Next Steps:
1. Development of Program Guidelines and Application
2. Program Marketing, Outreach and Administration

FDOT TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS ……… EST. COST: $TBD
Description: Corridor improvements to follow a “complete streets” design and include on-street parking, pedestrian safety, bus shelters, landscaping, stormwater, decorative lighting, and sidewalks. Project to be supported through a partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), City of Pensacola, CRA and Escambia County based on the “State Road 10A (US 90) West Cervantes Street/Mobile Highway Corridor Management Plan” and the “Main Street Corridor Management Plan” completed by the Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). *WRB Priority Project
Location(s): West Cervantes Street-Mobile Highway from “A” to “Dominquez” Street; Main Street from Barrancas Avenue to Clubbs Street
Funding Status: Included in FDOT 5 Year Work Program and recommended for PD&E Study. Pending allocations for Engineered Design and Construction from FDOT.
FY18 TIF Allocation: $0
Next Steps:
1. Attend TPO/TCC Meetings
2. Promote funding from FDOT

PROPERTY REHABILITATION, LAND ACQUISITION, CLEARANCE AND REDEVELOPMENT………………………………………………….. EST. COST: $2.2M
Description: Property rehabilitation, acquisition, clearance and site preparation for commercial, residential and mixed use redevelopment.
Location: Westside CRA Corridors (Commercial/Mixed Use), Baptist/West Moreno Phase 1a Focus Area (Residential)
Funding Status: Potential funding sources include outside financing, TIF and/or partnership with community development organizations.
FY18 TIF Allocation: TBD – Future revenues may be committee to debt service.
Next Steps:
1. Property Acquisition
2. RFP Process Implementation
3. Developer Selection
4. Construction

COMMERCIAL FAÇADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM …………… EST. COST: $25K
Description: The goal of this program is to encourage and support revitalization efforts by funding improvements which enhance the visual appearance of non-residential property, including properties owned and/or operated by non-profit organizations which preserve historic or cultural resources, within the redevelopment area.
Location: Westside CRA
Funding Status: Funding allocated from Program Funds for FY 2017.
FY17 TIF Allocation: $0 ($25K allocated from Program Funds.)
Next Steps:
1. Development of Program Guidelines and Application
2. Program Marketing, Outreach and Administration

SIDEWALK ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM………………………… EST. COST: $15K
Description: Connection and/or replacement of missing or broken sidewalk segments. *WRB Priority Project
Location: Westside CRA
Funding Status: Potential funding sources include financing, TIF, LOST and outside funding sources such as Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
FY17 TIF Allocation: TBD – Future revenues may be committee to debt service.
Next Steps:
1. Review finalization of Sidewalk Assessment
2. Identification of Priority Locations
3. Obtain Cost Estimates
4. TAP Application Submittal
5. Contractor Solicitation and Selection
6. Grant Administration

HISTORIC CEMETERY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM ………………… EST. COST: TBD
Description: Provides cemetery improvements as identified and approved by the Pensacola Area Cemetery Team (PACT) through community contributions. The CRA would provide technical assistance to a local non-profit organization to administer the Community Contribution Tax Incentive Program (CCTIP), a tax incentive program which provides a 50% tax credit or refund to private donors which supply funding in support of eligible projects. *WRB Priority Project
Location: Historical cemeteries located within the Westside CRA (i.e. St. Johns and Magnolia/AME Historical Cemeteries)
Funding Status: To be funded through private contributions (CCTIP) with technical support provided by CRA.
FY18 TIF Allocation: $0
Next Steps:
1. Identification of Non-Profit Project Sponsor
2. Application for Project Sponsorship
3. Solicitation of Donations
4. Identification of Priority Improvements
5. Construction

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3 Comments

  • Reply CJ Lewis August 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    These projects will be funded using property tax revenues diverted from the city and county general funds. To be clear, because of how the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) scheme works, the money to pay for these specific projects is money that will not be used to pay for other projects in the city or county. CRA Administrator Helen Gibson routinely falsely asserts that these projects are free because they are being paid using CRA dollars. They are not. A more honest approach would be for the City Council to ask property owners in the Westside and Eastside CRAs if they would be willing to pay an additional property tax to fund these projects. Obviously, they would not. because these are “needs” not “wants” and projects they only would support if other people’s money is paying for them.

  • Reply Rich August 1, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    This means, minority’s I’m throwing you a bone. I need your vote next time.

    • Reply George Hawthorne August 1, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Too little, too late for minority votes. He has lied to minority constituents for far too long.

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