School to Become Lealman Community Center
The center, which will be on the site of the former Windsor Charter School, is expected to serve about 1,000 people each month.
LEALMAN – One of the many items Lealman activists have longed for is a community center – now they’re getting one.
Pinellas County bought a a 5.85-acre site to be used for a long-awaited community center in this unincorporated area. The centerwill be a hub for recreation, education and local services. Located in the heart of the recently established Lealman Community Redevelopment Area, the forthcoming Lealman Community Campus will offer programs, such as youth mentoring, after-school programs, adult education, workforce training and health and human services programs, among other uses by the county and local partners. The Lealman CRA is located generally between St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park on the south and north and Kenneth City and I-275 on the west and east.
The property includes three facilities located at 5175 45th St. N, including two classroom buildings, a gymnasium and outdoor recreation areas totaling about 77,000 square feet.
The county is hosting an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24. The family-friendly event will include facility tours, exhibits of county services, touch-a-truck displays and other activities.
The county is in the process of preparing the facilities for new tenants and the campus is slated for occupancy by this spring.
Community-minded partners interested in renting space on campus can submit a letter of interest to the Lealman CRA, which can be found at pinellascounty.org.
The Board of County Commissioners approved purchase of the property in late 2017, and the county completed the purchase Jan. 29 for $11 million using funds from the Penny for Pinellas.
The property, formerly the Windsor Charter School, is centrally located just off 54th Avenue North, adjacent to Joe’s Creek Greenway Park.
The facility will be managed by the Pinellas County Redevelopment Agency/Lealman CRA with continual input from local partners to ensure the center’s programs meet the various needs of residents.
Based on local population, the center is expected to serve approximately 1,000 users each month for programs, services and community space.
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