SEMINOLE – A $1.5 million medical office development could soon call Seminole home. At its April 22 meeting, the City Council unanimously gave initial approval to the construction of All Care R&R Holdings LLC’s planned two-story building following a public hearing.
It will be built on the southwest corner of Park Boulevard and Park Street, the site of a former Sunoco gas station.
“It had been a Sunoco gas station for a long time,” said Mayor Leslie Waters. “They tore it down and it really is just a blighted ugly corner right now. I’m looking forward to having a nice building on it.”
A second public hearing on the development will be held Tuesday, May 13. The Council’s final vote on the project will follow.
Mark Ely, the city’s community development director, said the plan would “clean up the aesthetics” of the parcel and involves “extensive landscaping” that includes canopy trees.
“We’re looking forward to having a quality redevelopment on this corner,” he said.
In other action items, the council:
• Approved the voluntary annexations of three residential properties: 12099 97th Ave. N., 11805 96th Pl. N., and 5498 100th Way N. All three were previously part of unincorporated areas of the county.
“I want to thank them all for joining our city,” said Councilor Jim Quinn. “They’ll be very happy being a part of our city because we are.”
• Authorized the reestablishment of the Pinellas Metropolitan Planning Organization’s interlocal agreement. The MPO is the transportation coordinating body for Pinellas County. MPOs need to be reconstituted every 10 years, Ely said. This year, two new seats will be added, expanding from 11 to 13, to better represent all 25 local governments.
• OK'd the use of up to $424,000 in Capital Improvement Plan funds to purchase a replacement fire engine for Seminole Fire Rescue.
The new fire truck will replace a 2002 Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. engine, which will be placed in reserve status. A current reserve truck, a 1999 Spartan Saulsbury, will be retired and traded in for $25,000. The replacement fire engine also will be manufactured by Pierce and will be delivered within eight months of the order date.
• Reappointed Michele Abramo to the Library Advisory Board for a two-year term. She is one of two city appointees to the five-member board. St. Petersburg College also appoints two members, and the fifth member is jointly appointed by the city and the college.