St. Pete City Council OKs purchase of Science Center property
July 18, 2019 - The St. Petersburg City Council approved a resolution, authorizing the city to buy the Science Center of Pinellas County. The city will pay $3.15 million for the property at 7701 22nd Ave. N., which includes 6.78 acres and is adjacent to the city's Northwest Water Reclamation Facility. The city plans to use about half of the land to build new water storage tanks, to prevent the tank overflows that occurred during Tropical Storm Hermine in 2016. The city has not yet determined what it will do with the rest of the land. CareerSource Pinellas has owned the property since 2014, when former CareerSource CEO Ed Peachey won approval to buy it. Selling the land to St. Petersburg will allow CareerSource Pinellas to pay the half-million dollar mortgage that's now coming due.