Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - December 10, 2019
December 10, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #59

Florida Job Growth Grant Application for 51st Street West between El Conquistador Parkway and 53rd Avenue West


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Clarke Davis, Deputy Director, Traffic Management, Ext. 7272
Chad Butzow, P.E., Director, Public Works, Ext. 7476

Action Requested

Authorize the Chair to sign the Florida Job Growth Grant application to request funding of $8,442,000 for construction of 51st Street West between El Conquistador Parkway and 53rd Avenue West.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Section 288.101, Florida Statutes, Florida Job Growth Grant Fund
Section 125.01, Florida Statutes, Powers and Duties, County Commission

Background Discussion

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity administers the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund (FJGGF) established per Section 288.101, Florida Statutes.  The purpose of the $40 million statewide fund is to provide public infrastructure and workforce training in support of the State's economic development goals. 

This agenda item is for a staff-proposed infrastructure application for new construction of 51st Street West.  The agenda attachments are the grant application and its proposed attachments which includes a location map, conceptual roadway alignment, and roadway typical section.

The FJGGF application period for 2019-2020 is open.  On November 19, 2019, the Board approved an application for Moccasin Wallow Road in northeast County.  Staff now seeks Board approval of a grant for 51st Street West in southwest County.   The project is new construction of 51st Street West between El Conquistador Parkway and 53rd Avenue West.  This road will lie at the east edge of the land planned for the Lake Flores development and adjacent to IMG Academy.  It is a designated County thoroughfare roadway that will improve traffic circulation and network connectivity.  The project will support the County's economic development and revitalization goals for the Southwest District.

Staff has estimated the total project cost to be $10,942,000.  If approved as proposed and the grant is awarded, staff proposes that the County provide $2,500,000 from the Southwest Tax Increment Finance District as a County commitment to the project.  The grant request is for costs above the County funding or $8,442,000.  The proposed funding strategy will allow the County to proceed with design and right-of-way acquisition with construction primarily funded by the FJGGF.

This agenda item is for the grant application only.  If the grant is successful, staff will present the required agreements and capital project-related items as future agenda items.

Staff requests the Board's approval to submit the grant application for 51st Street West.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please return a copy of the item indicating Board action to Clarke Davis at clarke.davis@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  51st St W Job Growth Grant App.pdf
Attachment:  51st St W JGGF Attachments.pdf