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By SHARON L. BOND, Neighborhood Times Business Editor
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 18, 2002


Geological Survey set for growth

ST. PETERSBURG -- The U.S. Geological Survey soon will begin work on the third building on its property on the edge of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

The agency settled at 600 Fourth St. S in the historic Studebaker building 14 years ago. Several years after, it built a second building. Now plans are moving forward for a three-story, 64,000-square-foot structure on part of a parking lot.

"I'm hoping to start in late fall. By Christmas, I want to be under way," said Terry Kelley, USGS operations manager.

USGS is a federal agency. Its local program is the Center for Coastal and Regional Marine Geology, much of which is aimed at Tampa Bay. With the new building, the research/science base will expand.

The $6.5-million project has been planned for several years. Kelley said the agency needs the space, which will be used for a laboratory, conference center and offices. It can accommodate 66 scientists, said Lisa L. Robbins, chief scientist.

In addition to taking up the parking lot, USGS will have to move several oak trees. Kelley said there will be several months of that sort of work before construction actually begins on the new building.

The project, which is being designed by Wedding Architects of St. Petersburg, will take about a year to complete.

Apply until Oct. 11 for Leadership

ST. PETERSBURG -- Leadership St. Petersburg, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, is accepting applications for its 2003 class until Oct. 11.

The program gives participants leadership and team building skills through seminars and workshops and a place to establish a network of contacts, including program graduates. The class studies economic, social and political issues in the city.

For more information, call the chamber at (727) 821-4069 or email to spacc@atlantic.net.

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