St. Petersburg requests $17.7 million in FY25 federal budget proposal

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Florida Construction News staff writer

The City of St. Petersburg has submitted seven projects to the House Appropriations Committee for inclusion in the Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 budget, requesting $17.7 million.

“I am grateful for the Community Project Funding requests championed by our distinguished legislators and their continued support of St. Petersburg and our investments in projects across the city”, said Council Chair E Deborah Figgs-Sanders.”This only affirms the collective work of our city leadership and federal representatives listening to our residents and prioritizing their needs.”

The House Appropriations Committee will review each project on its merits for inclusion in the FY25 Federal Budget.

Submitted projects:

MLK St. South of Salt Creek to 32nd Ave. S Roadway Elevation – $5 million

  • Work is part of the Basic C Analysis. The elevation of this section of MLK street is currently too low and floods during high water events and this project will address and remedy the situation.

Seagrass Mitigation Bank – $1.5 million

  • Funds would be used to implement the Seagrass Mitigation Bank including ledger development, credit generation, and planting seagrasses within the dredge hole boundary. This project will result in improved natural resources and the city will receive approximately $10,000,000 in credits from the Army Corps to either be used on city projects or sold to private developers as a form of mitigation.

Crescent Lake Water Quality Improvements – $1.3 million

  • Water quality improvements are needed in Crescent Lake, a regional asset, to improve the conditions of the lake and this project will recommend tasks for water quality improvements.

Bartlett Lake/Salt Creek Pump Station – $9 million

  • This project includes construction of a new master lift station to increase the stormwater conveyance capacity of Basin C. This project was identified in the Integrated Master Plan and Basin C Analysis and will mitigate substantial flooding and access impacts to the neighborhood and surrounding areas of Lake Maggiore.

In addition to the projects submitted by the city, there were several selected within St. Pete that have the potential to impact residents:

  • 34th St. Corridor Improvements – Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority – $2.5 million
  • Ed White Senior Housing Redevelopment – Housing Authority of the City of St. Petersburg – $5.3 million
  • Research Vessel Modernization & Equipment Upgrades at Florida’s Institute of Oceanography – USF St. Pete – $8.1 million
  • SMART Tech Industry 4.0 Lab – St. Petersburg College – $4 million
  • Veteran Workforce Support Center – USF St. Pete – $4 million

For more information on the projects, click on the links below:

https://castor.house.gov/community-project-funding

https://luna.house.gov/community-project-funding

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