St. Petersburg Council has five proposals for former Salvation Army building


PETERSBURG – The City Council begins 2022 with a lighter working session agenda than in previous sessions. Petersburg is to hear from its economic development, finance, public works and utilities offices.

The meeting will be held at St. Petersburg Public Library Event Center at 5 p.m. Jan. 4, 2022. The meeting is digitally accessible on its live meetings page.

Five groups bid for former Salvation Army building on Commerce Street

The old Salvation Army building at 835 Commerce Street was once a shelter for homeless men. The property has been vacant since the nonprofit closed in 2017, citing a lack of funding.

Following:Closure of the Salvation Army men’s shelter

Petersburg now has five proposals for the city-owned building. Offers come from a range of entities such as minority-owned businesses and non-profit organizations looking to purchase the space.

The building was valued at $ 431,000 as of December 11, 2021. It was valued at $ 827,000 over the previous four years. The property is 1.3 acres with a building size of 14,363 square feet. It is located in a

Proposal 1 – Northside Food Market Ecosystem

The local market opened with its first location in Richmond’s Northside neighborhood in November 2020. It is now looking to purchase space in Petersburg as it expands. His proposal says the market wants to open 10 stores within three years – the others targeted in places like Rocketts Landing, Manchester and Chesterfield.

Petersburg’s plan provides for a modular co-working space and business incubator that can be used by agricultural entrepreneurs. Producers, small businesses, freelancers, artists and creatives who work in indoor farming, fermentation, storage and distribution of local foods are the target market for these workspaces.

Proposition 2 – Southside Housing and Community Development Corporation

The Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation plans to use the building for common living space with 12 market-priced studios (approximately 40 square feet) and a kitchen, dining room, exercise room, laundry room and a common living space.

The SCDHC anticipates a rental amount of between $ 725 and $ 785 per month for tenants in the process of homeownership. This includes a center for small businesses, homeownership training, and advice on pre-purchase, credit, and employment.

The nonprofit recently bought a building at 712 High Street to help the homeless. He expects to build 10 more units in this area.

Proposition 3 – Quality trailers

The company says it is looking to become one of the country’s leading trailer manufacturers by building a quality, durable and valuable product. She plans to open five retail stores on the east coast over the next five years. The company’s proposal says it has three steel suppliers and two wholesalers who have committed to purchasing all trailers manufactured.

Proposition 4 – Habitat for Humanity

The property at 835 Commerce Street is adjacent to the current Habitat for Humanity building at 829 Commerce Street. The association seeks to extend the Habitat ReStore to present new products.

The current space has an unusable elevator, which means its staff have to move furniture up and down a narrow staircase. The acquisition of the space would allow him to create a showroom on the ground floor, with access to the garage to facilitate the transport of large items.

Habitat has so far completed 34 home renovations in dilapidated properties with the help of its ReStore product.

Proposition 5 – Paradise Trust, LLC

This minority-owned company specializes in the manufacture, assembly and transportation of death care products such as coffins and embalming tables. It also offers services such as casket delivery, cremation and alkaline hydrolysis.

They work with coffin and shell makers from Ghana and the Dominican Republic. His proposal says the company has corporate commitments in five other states.

Update on Emergency Funding for Public Services

Petersburg has been considering relief options for residential utility accounts since announcing a plan to reestablish water outages in October. The outstanding balances then amounted to $ 7.9 million.

Following:Water cuts begin in Petersburg. The city will soon allocate around $ 4.2 million in relief funds

The city has so far received $ 3.6 million in municipal relief funds from the Department of Housing and Community Development and has an additional $ 520,000 designated by the American Rescue Plan Act as a “community recovery fund.” Which could be used for overdue water bills during the pandemic.

A previous meeting to discuss ARPA was canceled at the end of December. Updated information should be presented to city council.

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