The Community Redevelopment Agency recently authorized the purchase of vacant parcels at 58th Street and Railroad Avenue.
PINELLAS PARK – The city of Pinellas Park is poised to purchase vacant parcels located at 58th Street and Railroad Avenue.
Two of the parcels are owned by John Adamek, while the third parcel, with the building, is owned by the Betty F. Adamek Family Trust, said Debra Rose, the city’s director of cultural affairs. The property was most recently leased to A+ Burke Painting.
At its May 23 meeting, the Community Redevelopment Agency – which is the Pinellas Park City Council acting as a separate body that oversees activity in the city’s Community Redevelopment District – authorized the purchase of the property for $850,000.
In the past, John Adamek had hoped to receive more than $1 million for the parcel, said Rick Butler, vice mayor and CRA board member, in an interview with the Pinellas Park Beacon.
During the meeting, Ed Taylor, councilor and CRA board member, said that the property was most recently appraised at approximately $410,000.
Sandra Bradbury, mayor and CRA member, was the lone vote against purchasing the property.
“I’m alright with buying it, but not at that price,” she said.
Shannon Coughlin, community development manager for the city, said the sale is currently “on hold” due to Adameck’s health issues.
Still, the CRA and city staff considers this building to be an important piece in the puzzle for that neighborhood within the CRD.
“The property occupies a key location in what is already an important hub for community activities,” Rose wrote in an email. “Its purchase will help the CRA to plan and implement additional improvements in this area, which extends from the 5600 Block of Park Boulevard to Davis Field, and includes Park Station and the City Auditorium as well as the Senior Center, Senior Center Annex, and Shuffleboard Courts.”
Butler said the grass lot would help alleviate parking issues in the area. The CRA had already been considering building a parking garage behind Park Station to handle overflow parking from the Senior Center. He said the grass lot could fit about 19 new parking spots.
“Instead of paying to build a parking garage, it’s cheaper for us to buy that [property,]” he said.
The building would tie in nicely with the nearby Pinellas Arts Village, the city-supported arts district that includes Park Station and Park Boulevard’s 5600 and 5700 blocks, Butler said.
The CRA is open to considering any use for the building – from microbreweries to glass blowers and pottery studios, he added.
“I’ve wanted [the property] for three or four years now,” he said. “I knew it would be an intricate part of this district. You have to have flow to Park Station.”
At the May 23 meeting, Taylor said the purchase of that property “has been a long time coming, yes it has.”