ST. PETE BEACH – As a follow-up to Community Design Week last fall, concepts for the Corey Avenue District will be presented for review and feedback at a community workshop on the evening of Wednesday, March 26 and at an open house before a special City Commission workshop on the evening of Thursday, March 27.
Wednesday, MARCH 26 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Community Workshop, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach
Thursday, MARCH 27 - 5 to 6 p.m., Community open house; 6 to 8 p.m., City Commission workshop, City Hall, 155 Corey Ave.
In November, property owners, business owners, and interested community members proposed ideas for improvements to the Corey Avenue District during the three-day “Community Design Week” which consisted of workshops, discussions, and other activities. A team of community planners, landscape architects, and transportation engineers from Michael Baker Jr., Inc. then used these ideas as the basis for the concepts they developed and will present on March 26-27.
Illustrations and graphics to be presented at the meetings will show proposed ideas that fall into three broad categories:
Circulation and parking concepts include a couplet design for a set of one-way segments that would circle around Corey Avenue on Blind Pass Road, 75th Avenue, Gulf Boulevard, and 73rd Avenue. Urban design concepts include streetscape, gateway, and wayfinding improvements that are intended to provide a more comfortable environment for pedestrians, beautify the streets, guide visitors, and heighten the visual identity of the Corey Avenue District.
Catalyst development sites are opportunities for development or redevelopment that could boost activity in the district and catalyze private investment.
The community workshop on March 26 will have a presentation and structured activities for public input on the concepts, while the open house on March 27 will allow for close-up individual inspection and comment before the presentation and discussion at the City Commission workshop.
In addition to the evening meetings open to the general public, the Baker team is scheduling daytime meetings with property and business owners and key community leaders who are most affected by the improvements or who could play a role in carrying them out.
The Corey Avenue District Enhancement Project is intended to provide St. Pete Beach with a plan for a more vibrant downtown community. The plan will provide guidance for improvements on Corey Avenue and in the downtown environs. To develop the plan, the city has consulted with Michael Baker Jr., Inc., to work in close partnership with business and property owners, as well as members of the community. The plan is anticipated to be completed by June 2014.