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In the neighborhoods, LOTS OF LITTLE SPENDING

Clues abound throughout the city: perhaps a miniature park, signs marking a neighborhood's entrance or a landscaped median.

They suggest in a small way St. Petersburg's infatuation with its neighborhoods, a phenomenon of the 1990s that followed more than a decade spent wrestling downtown revival issues.

It's the kind of thing that makes people feel as though they have access to their city hall, and it is of concern enough to generate talk on the city election campaign trail.

Mayor David Fischer, who jump-started the neighborhood programs, wants to keep them going. Mayoral challenger Bill Klein has said even more could be done.

Hundreds of small projects sprinkle all points of the city's compass. A typical one might be a recent Maximo Moorings beautification project, which cost $1,831. But such relatively small efforts represent only part of the commitment.

A $1.05-million Mirror Lake library addition, a $1.5-million sidewalk project in areas targeted for intense attention and expensive improvements to community centers are examples of much bigger enterprises that enhance their neighborhoods.

Since 1993 _ when neighborhood operations kicked into high gear _ millions have been budgeted and spent on programs designed to improve the way residents live, sometimes block by block.

The money comes from many sources. Much of it is tax dollars spent under various city, state and federal programs. In 1996 alone, the city budgeted nearly $18-million for neighborhood capital improvement projects.

But businesses have kicked in money for such efforts as building new houses and repairing old ones. In many cases, residents themselves provide materials and volunteer labor. And Crescent Lake residents voted to assess themselves so they could raise about $17,500 for improvements.

Residents generate many of their own projects and tell city officials what they want. Grant applications are mailed to neighborhood association presidents, and the programs are publicized through newspapers, public access television and videos.

Neighborhood Times wanted to take a look at the scope of the projects completed, under way or planned for the past few years. We wanted to know how many there have been and what parts of the city have benefited.

So we gathered information from various City Hall sources, using it to locate projects around the St. Petersburg. (See accompanying map.)

Generally, the projects fall into three categories:

_ Neighborhood partnership and neighborhood plans. These were developed through meetings involving city officials and neighborhood representatives. They include some capital improvement projects and Project Commitment work, in which intense effort is directed toward targeted neighborhoods.

_ Ponds to Parks. The areas around retention ponds are cleaned and landscaped in an effort to convert typically small retention ponds into a parklike atmosphere.

_ Sidewalks. Includes construction in progress or completed.

The projects list, though massive, is not complete. Simple lack of newspaper space is one reason; it precludes listing in detail all projects.

In addition, sources that may have provided more projects were not readily available in some cases, and city documents did not always link projects to specific neighborhoods.

An example of one ongoing program not easily defined by neighborhood, but which nonetheless has an impact on the city's appearance, involves repairs to houses with code violations. About 405 have been repaired by crews that community specialist Bob Gilder directs.

Where available, the lists include project costs. Again, the total number of projects is so massive that cost figures were not always readily accessible.

NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECTS

These are projects accomplished, under way or planned in neighborhoods from 1993 to 1997 under a variety of programs: Neighborhood grants and plans, capital improvements and sidewalk construction, for example.

This is not a complete list of neighborhood projects, but represents programs from most sections of the city.

We listed projects by compiling information from various City Hall sources. Where available, the amount of money budgeted was included. Projects usually are funded from a variety of sources: city, state and federal tax money, and business and neighborhood matching grants, which sometimes come in the form of material and labor.

A PC designation stands for Project Commitment, in which projects planned in some neighborhoods were speeded up to be completed as quickly as possible.

NORTHWEST

AZALEA

Installed water fountain, trees at park, $2,325

Sidewalk installation

Walter Fuller/Azalea Soccer Picnic Shelter, $26,636

DISSTON HEIGHTS

Identity improvement, $16,654

Sidewalk construction

Installed signs, $3,000

Rehabilitation, addition at Northwest Community Center

Neighborhood Needs Survey, $6,750

EAGLE CREST

Water for Eagle Crest Park, $4,185

Planting at St. Petersburg Junior College, $4,500

GLADDEN PARK

Rehabilitation, gym at community center

HARRIS PARK

Landscaping of I-275 46th to 47th avenues N, financing under consideration

HOLIDAY PARK

Trees at Tyrone Elementary, $2,700

Landscape 66th Street at 30th Avenue N, $2,021

JUNGLE TERRACE

Walter Fuller Park-Jungle Lake improvement, $10,000

Brochure, $855

NORTH CENTRAL

Neighborhood Mailing Survey, $4,363

PARK STREET

Park Street & Third Avenue N Park, $7,645

PASADENA

Pasadena Park, $15,014

PONCE DE LEON

Sign, landscape, $905

WOODLAWN

Dmprovements to Greater Woodlawn Neighborhood, $24,483

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NORTHEAST

ALLENDALE TERRACE

Landscaping and footpath in park, $16,650

CRESCENT HEIGHTS

Signs, $190

Clean-up Tool Inventory, $220

CRESCENT LAKE

Lake Brochure, $150

Plan, $6,500

17th Avenue N median improvements

EDGEMOOR

Survey of Edgemoor Neighborhood, $326

Edgemoor Ponds to Park Phase II, $10,120

FOURTH STREET

Business district monuments, $14,000

FOSSIL PARK

Fossil Park Neighborhood Association Phase II planning, $4,575

New gym at community center

Signs and beautification, $4,575

HISTORIC KENWOOD

Audit code violations, PC

13 of 26 priority code cases closed, PC

9 first-time homebuyer loans granted, with city and private investment, PC

4 loans granted for home rehabilitation, PC

37 tons of trash removed, PC

18 hazardous trees removed, PC

180,000 square feet of sidewalk installed, PC

43 traffic signs replaced, PC

4 homes painted by city's N Team, PC

160 live oaks and 1,700 Indian hawthorns planted, PC

Neighborhood gateway intersection landscaped, PC

Reclaimed water petitions approved, PC

MAGNOLIA HEIGHTS

Landscaping with magnolia trees, $2,325

MEADOWLAWN

Installation of sewer line at Little League field, financing being explored

Sidewalk installation

Signs, $650

MIRROR LAKE

Library addition

Neighborhood survey, $575

NORTH KENWOOD

Landscaping and signs, $21,800

Tot lot planning under way

22nd Avenue N beautification, $5,010

NORTH SHORE/OLD NORTHEAST

Kopsick Arboretum Improvements, $7,000

Construction of medians, cornerstones, monuments, $116,000

Median Eagle Scout projects _ landscaping

RIVIERA BAY

Planting at Riviera Elementary, $3,050

Beautification, $9,408

SHORE ACRES

Irrigation and landscaping $3,824

Computer center, $27,500

Grand Canal Boulevard Beautification, $543

Signs, $678

Denver Park playground, $12,828

SNELL ISLE

Park improvement at Snell Isle/Shore Acres Bridge, $3,180

Coffee Pot Riviera Beautification

Statuary rehabilitation, $3,500

Bay Point Arch, $3,596

TANGLEWOOD

Tanglewood Identity Signs, $800

UPTOWN

Established priorities for audit of code violations, resulting in 136 cases closed, PC

Several properties rehabilitated or being built, PC

21 tons of trash collected, PC

Sidewalk installation, PC

37 hazardous trees removed, PC

5 curbs repaired, PC

Landscaping on Dr. M.L. King (Ninth), 12th, Highland and Grove streets

Sidewalk installation

Improvements to Eighth Street N connector park, $25,000

Signs installed, $10,000

Landscaping enhancement, $24,200

Asian Language City Brochures, $5,000

VENETIAN ISLES

Sidewalk construction

Beautification, $9,930

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SOUTHEAST

BAHAMA SHORES

Beautification, $13,600

Median Beautification II, $24,300

BARTLETT PARK

Rising Stars basketball program, $34,500

Audited properties for codes violations, PC

14 properties rehabilitated, PC

Neighborhood Housing Services built three homes in 1994, PC

Four neighborhood cleanups, 2 with Roser Park, 57 tons of trash collected, PC

Computer center for neighborhood residents

Sidewalk construction and repair, part of a $1.55-million program, PC

12 hazardous trees removed, PC

2 sidewalk projects, 11th to 22nd avenues S, PC

9 new street lights, 4 new alley lights, PC

7th Street median improvements: irrigation, 8 oaks and 1,200 shrubs, PC

76 hollies and 180 oaks planted along Fourth and Ninth streets S and 11th, 15th, 18th and 22nd avenues S, PC

Lighting installed for four courts at Tennis Center, PC

Entrance, security, parking lot and clubhouse improvements, Tennis Center, PC

City's N Team painted or cleaned up 23 properties, PC

Demolish condemned building, $19,400

Rehabilitate 16 units for PAR, $163,500

Replace roof, gym floor, tennis courts, playground fencing at Bartlett Park/Frank Pierce Recreation Center, $161,000

BAYBORO

Streetscape improvements, $4.1-million (jointly funded with private sector)

CAMPBELL PARK

Entranceway, median improvements, $70,000

Little League concession stand and clubhouse, $7,100

Computer center for neighborhood residents, $23,500

Ninth Avenue S beautification, $38,000

New gym, rehabilitation at Campbell Park Community Center

CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

Obelisk installation, $15,000

Beautification of Central Business District, $30,000

COQUINA KEY

Beautification, $18,986

Conduit to aid water flow between interior canals

Sidewalk installation

CROMWELL HEIGHTS

Rehabilitation, Johnnie Ruth Clarke health center, $34,300

Sidewalk installation

DRIFTWOOD

Driftwood Association Mosquito Abatement Program, $665

FOURTH STREET S

Landscaping, $386,500

HARBORDALE

Improvements to Cabana Park, $10,000

Just Say No Club, $2,000

Signs, $1,485

Sidewalk construction

LAKE MAGGIORE

Improvements to neighborhood park, $21,300

Improvements to Boyd Hill environmental center, $447,000

Improvements to Salt Creek bridge and outfall structure, $826,000

Installation of entryway signs, $1,600

Bayou Boulevard beautification and curb replacement, $56,000

LAKEWOOD

Sidewalk construction

OLD SOUTHEAST

Tool bank, $8,600

Sidewalk construction and repair, part of a $1.55-million program, PC

Cleanup, $977

Installation of 20 historic lights, Third Street S, $42,000

Signs, $8,734

ROSER PARK

Reconstruction of roadway and retaining wall, $16,300

Bought property for Advocates for Shelter Action Policy, $13,600

Rehabilitated property for Advocates for Shelter Action, $68,100

Construction of arbor, $600

Security fence at Young Women's Residence, $41,100

Audited properties for code violations, PC

Cleanup in conjunction w/Bartlett Park, 49 tons of trash collected, PC

Sidewalk construction and repair, part of a $1.55-million program, PC

5 buildings rehabilitated, PC

4 hazardous trees removed, 2 replaced, PC

7 historic district signs installed, PC

24 oleanders planted, PC

4 hollies and 7 oaks planted planted along Fourth and Ninth streets S, PC

22 hollies planted along 11th Avenue S, PC

Lighting installed in Woodbrook Park, PC

Irrigation system and trash receptacles installed, PC

2 buildings repaired and painted by city staff, PC

Graffiti painted over, PC

Curb repairs on Eighth Avenue S and on Sixth Street S, PC

Hexblock repairs along Ninth Avenue S and 11th Avenue S, PC

THIRTEENTH STREET HEIGHTS

Just Say No Club, $2,700

Landscaping, signs, $5,500

Enoch Davis Recreation Center improvements, $284,000

Caretaker, $5,300

TROPICAL SHORES

Entrance signs, lighting, landscaping, $2,780

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SOUTHWEST

BROADWATER

Entrance improvement, $1,500

Newton Avenue landscaping and retaining wall repair, $15,000

CHILDS PARK

Parking lot, tennis courts, basketball courts, stormwater retention ponds, $777,000, PC

Pinellas Trailhead Park, Fairfield Avenue/37th Street S, $35,000, PC

Reduced property code violations from 38 to 14, PC

Trees planted on 11th, 15th, 18th avenues S and 37th Street S, $85,000, PC

Landscaping on Fifth Avenue S, $6,550

Xeriscape garden, $15,000

Sidewalk construction and repair, part of a $1.55-million program, PC

9 boarded houses demolished, 2 renovated, PC

City N team painted 5 houses, repaired 15, PC

21 tons of trash removed during cleanup, PC

Street paving, $76,000

Equipment for Prayer Tower day care center, $25,000

Tool bank, $5,300

CLAM BAYOU

Improvements to drainage, work on park, $250,000

COCONUT PARK

Beautification, $15,000

FORTY-NINTH STREET S

Resurfacing, intersection improvements, signals (jointly funded), $705,715

FRUITLAND HEIGHTS

Landscaping and signage, $6,000

Crimewatch, $500

Sidewalk installation

Reclaimed water, $4,000

Fossil Park Neighborhood Association Phase II planning, $4,575

HIGHLAND OAKS

Latchkey, expansion of day care center, $150,000

Improvements to neighborhood entrance, $22,000

ISLA DEL SOL

Leeland Street/Pinellas Bayway Grounds Beautification, $18,510

MAXIMO MOORINGS

Irrigation improvements, $9,000

Maximo/Bayway Fence Project, $14,500

Beautification, $1,831

MELROSE-MERCY

Neighborhood survey, $22,000

Mount Zion Human Services, alternative school, $164,500

Sidewalk installation

PALMETTO PARK

(Portions fall in both southwest and northwest map quadrants)

Head Start classrooms, $46,000

Landscaping, $3,000

Palmetto Park-Project Upgrade, $4,800

Audit code violations, PC

4 of 10 priority code cases closed, PC

2 first-time homebuyer loans granted, with city and private investment, PC

4 homes renovated, PC

13 tons of trash collected during a cleanup, PC

20 hazardous trees removed, PC

100,000 square feet of sidewalk installed, PC

30 traffic signs replaced, PC

New fence around Tot Lot park, playground apparatus installed, PC

3 homes painted by city's N Team, PC

PINELLAS POINT

(Portions fall in both southeast and southwest map quadrants)

Bay Vista Community Center

Sidewalk installation

Landscaping at Sunshine Skyway Lane, $23,000

Neighborhood Sense of Entry, $9,943

Landscape, Pinellas Point Drive S, $4,000

22nd STREET S

Landscaping, reclaimed water, loan program, $641,000

WILDWOOD HEIGHTS

Established youth tutorial with computers, $17,000

Signage and landscaping, $17,000

Sidewalk construction and repair, part of a $1.55-million program, PC

New gym floor, athletic field lighting, playground fencing, pool improvements, tennis courts, $184,500

YACHT CLUB ESTATES

(portions fall in both northwest and southwest map quadrants)

Upgrade of common area, $6,750

Landscape 79th Street S median, $500

PONDS TO PARKS

Locations of retention ponds constructed as part of the area improvement program:

24th Street N and 17th Avenue

Vicinity of 41st Street S and 22nd Avenue (Pond No. 1)

Vicinity of 41st Street S and 22nd Avenue (Pond No. 2)

Vicinity of 41st Street S and 22nd Avenue (Pond No. 3)

41st Street S and 18th Avenue

42nd Street S and 18th Avenue

NE of Pine Street NE and 64th Avenue

West of Mystic Lake (Second Street and 70th Avenue N)

North of Mystic Lake (Second Street and 70th Avenue N)

NW of Atwood Avenue N and Livingston Avenue

NE of Locust Street NE and 74th Avenue

SE of 74th Street N and Sixth Avenue

Travelers Way and Central Avenue

Villa Grande and Park Circle S

31st Street S and 46th Avenue

Child's Lake (43rd Street S and 16th Avenue)

Puryear Lake (SE of Foch Street NE and 62nd Avenue)

38th Street S and 27th Avenue

70th Street N and Dartmouth Avenue

73rd Street N and Dartmouth Avenue

74th Street N and First Avenue

41st Street N and Sixth Avenue

58th STreet N and 34th Avenue

14th Street S and Murok Avenue

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