City of Largo, Florida

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August 17 Story of the Week

August 17 Story of the Week

Ulmerton Road Opportunity Corridor

The City of Largo and Pinellas County, in a unique partnership, have both adopted a resolution that designates a portion of Ulmerton Road as a Brownfield area. On August 7, 2012, the Pinellas County Commission unanimously approved the designation. The approximately 4-mile stretch of industrial and commercial properties within Largo and unincorporated Pinellas County will be known as the Ulmerton Road Opportunity Corridor. The intent of the designation is to encourage redevelopment along the corridor from Seminole Boulevard to Roosevelt Boulevard. Although the new corridor encompasses approximately 2,600 acres, property owners are allowed to opt out of the designation anytime.

A Brownfield site is a property that may have real or perceived contamination. Designated Brownfield properties may qualify for financial incentives, regulatory benefits, technical assistance, liability protection and more. The State of Florida provides incentives to businesses within Brownfield areas that clean up, redevelop and relocate to abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities.

The Ulmerton Road Opportunity Corridor is not the only Brownfield designated area within the City of Largo. A portion of greater Downtown Largo and a large percentage of the sites in commercial corridor locations and sites adjacent to a historic rail line were given the brownfield designation in 2008. The Brownfield designation is also along a portion of Clearwater-Largo Road. This designation allows those properties to be redeveloped generally easier, quicker and cheaper than in other parts of the country. However, not all designated parcels are necessarily large former industrial sites.

To learn more about Largo's Brownfield Redevelopment Program, please visit the City of Largo's Brownfield Redevelopment webpage or contact the Economic Development Division at 727-586-7360.

Additional information can be viewed by visiting the sites below:

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Brownfields

Florida Brownfields Association

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