Library Property Site
The first reading of the Development Agreement (including proposed concept plan) and associated legal documents was approved by the City Council on June 21, 2022. The second public hearing will take place on July 19, 2022 at the City Council meeting. Click here for the staff report.
On October 6, 2020, the City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into negotiations with Devon S. Rushnell, LLC for the purpose of entering into a development agreement for the city-owned property adjacent to the Oldsmar Public Library.
On February 11, 2021, John Bews presented a proposed conceptual plan for the property at the Community Redevelopment Work Session. At that meeting, direction was given to submit a revised proposal.
On April 6, 2021, the City Council approved a revised conceptual plan and authorized the City Manager to begin negotiations.
On May 5, 2021, the City invited other proposals for the site with a legal advertisement as per the Florida Statues 163.380. The City did receive inquiries from Framework Group LLC and ELEVEN 18 Architecture. No proposals were received.
On February 1, 2022, the City Council approved another version of the conceptual plan presenting the enlargement of the theatre site, reduction of units to 82, orientation of the units to promote walkability and new urbanism concepts, and the overall architecture.
In accordance with the City's Land Development Code, Section 14.7, the essential terms and conditions, in outline form, were presented to the City Council on March 1, 2022 (in the graphic above).
On March 1, 2022, the City Council directed the City Manager to host three public open houses to present the conceptual plan and essential terms to the public. There were 71 total participants at open houses held on Wednesday, March 23, from 6-8 pm at TECO Hall at the Oldsmar Public Library, Thursday, March 24, from 1-3 pm at the Gull Aire Village Clubhouse, and Saturday, March 26 from 9-11 am at Cypress Forest Recreation Center. Overall, the project was received favorably, with 82.46% agreeing or strongly agreeing this conceptual plan is an asset to Oldsmar, 77.19% agreeing or strongly agreeing that they support the development agreement terms, and 84.22% agreeing or strongly agreeing that the proposal should move forward in the development agreement process.
On April 5, 2022, the City Council directed the City Attorney to reduce the development agreement terms to contractual form for further consideration.
On June 8, 2022, the Planning Board unanimously recommended approval.
As a City Council priority for many years, the City of Oldsmar has initiated efforts to enhance the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) by creating an identifiable, vibrant, and walkable downtown along State Street and St. Petersburg Drive. To support this vision, the City has invited input from the community over 82 times at various public meetings since 2001.
Since establishing a CRA in 1994, there have been many investments to improve the area, and progress toward the vision of creating a downtown. Some of the public investments include upgrades to the potable water system, construction of streetscape elements (parking, lighting, crosswalks, etc.), renovation of the former Oldsmar Bank building and the State Street Center, and construction of the Oldsmar Public Library. The City also bought land for the redevelopment of a “downtown” corridor (depicted in the graphic). The City owns about 7 acres of land next to and north of the Library, the “Library Site”, along St. Petersburg Drive, and about 8 acres of land, the “City Hall” site, which includes property on the north side of State Street from SR 580 to Washington Avenue.
Past plans for the Library site property have included a multi-modal transportation facility (connecting to the CSX line), a community center, townhouses, and most recently, a hotel. In February 2021, the City Council authorized the City Manager to negotiate with Devon S Rushnell, LLC to construct a mixed-use development consisting of townhouses and live/work units along St. Petersburg Drive to provide commercial activity. The proposal also contained a vision for a small theatre, which would be constructed and operated by the City. As there are also many steps to this development, please take the time to learn more and participate in the process. For more information about the Development Agreement process, click here.
Before any building can start at this site, there must be a development agreement. A development agreement has two public hearings at City Council meetings. To subscribe to meeting agendas, click here.