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City of St. Petersburg seeking federal funding from HUD for two resiliency projects

The City of St. Petersburg is currently seeking funding through the Department of Economic Opportunities Rebuild Florida Program to fund flood mitigation projects within the Bartlett Park Neighborhood. The City is seeking roughly $2 million in funding dredge years of built up sediment within Bartlett Lake. The Bartlett Park neighborhood is a local community historically inundated with extreme flooding during severe weather. The goal of this project is to reduce flood risk and increase resilience to sea level rise and climate change. More information regarding this project can be found within this public notice.

The City is also seeking funding from the Community Development Block Grant Program for the Resilient Water Reclamation Facilities Project. The City of St. Petersburg Water Resources Department (WRD) has budgeted $21,300,000.00 to design and construct new, hardened Operations and Maintenance Buildings at the three Water Reclamation Facilities (WRF). The three (3) buildings will house WRF operations and maintenance staff while servings as Sub Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs)to ensure continuity of wastewater treatment service to local residents during tropical events up to Category 4 hurricanes. Per City Code the buildings will strive to achieve a LEED Gold certification. The City requested grant amount is $10,600,000, approximately 50% of the total project budget. More information regarding this project can be found within this public notice.

Funding for both projects is specifically focused on mitigation efforts and is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, through the newly created Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBGMIT).