Deuces Rising: Expanded museum space, workforce housing, fresh food and more planned

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The Deuces Live District is as alive and vibrant as ever. On December 10, St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman was joined by city officials and representatives of the Deuces Live District to detail a reimagining of the 22nd Street Corridor, Deuces Rising.

What does a new Deuces look like?

Workforce owned housing in St. Pete

One unsolicited proposal featured workforce owned housing, not leased, along with commerce and retail locations facing out toward 22nd Street. The 2.5 acre site would be a part of the total reset on the area once known as Commerce Park.

The commerce and retail would be operated by an inclusive community consortium, and would contribute to a community redevelopment fund.

Deuces Rising also includes a $1 million commitment for a future Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.

“This community is deserving of a proper museum on a well traveled corridor,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman.

5 acres set aside for new museum space

The city has set aside 5 acres for the museum, and expects a community driven capital campaign to complement its efforts. An additional 5.5 acres will be set aside for the city to “test the market” as they look to attract more jobs and industry to the 22nd Street Corridor.

Kriseman hopes that bringing more jobs and housing to the area will help foodie hubs like Callaloo and Pipo’s not only survive, but thrive in the area.

RFPs released again for Tangerine Plaza

Finally, it’s time to talk about the Tangerine Plaza around 22nd Street South and 18th Avenue South. The city is once again putting out a request for proposals for the site.

Officials hope that proposals will include a mix of affordable housing and a fresh food component, something desperately needed in the area.

You can watch the full announcement below:

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Deuces Rising ✨

Posted by City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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