U.S. Treasury Approves RESTORE Plan For Beulah Master Plan, Century Wastewater Plant, Eleven Mile Creek Restoration And Other Projects

June 30, 2020

The U.S. Treasury Department has approved Escambia County’s plan for 11 RESTORE funding projects totaling $15.8 million.

Escambia County staff will begin submitting the individual project grant applications to the U.S. Treasury Department for final approval and release of funds.

Projects include:

Beulah Master Plan
$300,000 to develop a master plan for the Beulah area

Escambia County will procure the services of an urban/land-use planning firm to develop a master plan for approximately 30,000 acres in the Beulah community of Escambia County. The master plan will be based on the University of West Florida HAAS Center Citizen Survey, an existing conditions analysis, technical analysis, and on stakeholder engagement and community participation.

The Beulah Master Plan will establish a vision for allowing for the continued growth in the area while preserving the quality of life and sense of place enjoyed by the current residents. The final deliverable will be a master plan and/or zoning overlay district and implementation plan, dependent on the technical guidance provided by the procured consultant and concurrence provided by Escambia County Developmental Services staff.

The Beulah community has experienced extensive growth resulting from improved economic conditions and the expansion of Navy Federal Credit Union’s Beulah campus, which is expected to employ over 10,000 people by 2022. Subdivision development orders in Beulah have increased exponentially, with 7,000 residences permitted for development since 2010. Beulah does not currently have a master plan nor zoning overlay district to effectively plan or manage growth. Development of the Beulah Master Plan will balance the highest and best land uses of the subject area with the needs of the County, region, and the Beulah community in creating a plan for sustaining growth while preserving the character of the community.

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Town of Century Wastewater Improvements
$500,000 to design and permit repairs to Century’s failing wastewater treatment facility

The wastewater treatment and collection system has fallen into disrepair as the town has struggled financially for the last decade to keep pace with maintenance and replacement activities.

Direct Component funds will be utilized to fund planning, design, and permitting associated with wastewater treatment and collection system improvements, including lift station, treatment plant, and piping repairs and replacements.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has strict requirements for the proper operation and maintenance of the utility system, and Century is responsible for meeting these requirements. Funding design and permitting of wastewater treatment and collection system improvements will allow the town to work with FDEP to secure funding to implement the improvements from the State’s Revolving Loan Fund as a rural, disadvantaged community.

Eleven Mile Creek Restoration
$1,268,800 to for improvements along the creek

The Eleven Mile Creek Stream Restoration project will provide expansion of the creek’s buffers, restore natural habitat, and improve water quality in Eleven Mile Creek and Perdido Bay. Additionally, it will mitigate coastal flooding, protect valuable public infrastructure, and repair existing nonfunctional stormwater infrastructure.

Restoration and expansion of the floodplain, restoration of wetlands, reduction in invasive species, and reestablishment of riparian buffers will increase wildlife habitats as well as provide flood protection for Bristol Park, Bristol Creek, and Ashbury Hills neighborhoods and surrounding areas. With a 40 acre floodplain expansion, an estimated 160 homes will be protected from flooding.

OTHER PROJECTS:

  • Pensacola International Airport Campus Extension — $1.524 million, replaces OLF8 Master Plan on funding request
  • Perdido Bay Boat Ramp — $2.5 million for the construction of a boat ramp
  • Brownsville Community Center Renovation — $300,000 to renovate the interior and exterior, add incubator retail space
  • CRA Community Center – $500,000 for a community center in a yet to be determined CRA but likely in the Palafox CRA
  • CRA Economic Development Program -- $1.5 million to institute the complete streets program in CRAs
  • Little Sabine Bay Restoration Program – $2 million for a multi-tiered restoration effort
  • SOAR with Restore – $900,000 for an Escambia County workforce development program that will provide training in underserved communities.
  • Perdido Key Multi-Use Path — $4.5 million to fund the construction of about one mile of the east segment of path.

Pictured top: The Century Wastewater Treatment Facility, NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge. Pictured below: The Navy Federal campus in Beulah.

Comments

8 Responses to “U.S. Treasury Approves RESTORE Plan For Beulah Master Plan, Century Wastewater Plant, Eleven Mile Creek Restoration And Other Projects”

  1. Wayne on June 30th, 2020 3:02 pm

    A way to solve the Century water issue is…drain the swamp…to many things been floating in it for years.

  2. Citizen on June 30th, 2020 2:51 pm

    The Governor just signed some new environmental laws today. Century need to use this money wisely and expeditiously.

  3. Rose on June 30th, 2020 1:15 pm

    By the time the Beulah Master Plan is implemented and Beulah keeps developing without one the master plan will be out dated. A new plan will have to be designed again spending more money.

    People moved to Beulah for the quiet country living to get away from developed areas.

    Over developing Beulah is not in the name of “progress”.

  4. Rose on June 30th, 2020 12:36 pm

    By the time the Beulah Master Plan is implemented and the area continues to develop the master plan will be out dated. Continued growth does not keep the quiet surroundings people want to enjoy when they moved to Beulah prior to the development and the name of “area progress”.

    Let Beulah keep their quality of life we enjoyed before all this development.

  5. Rasheed Jackson on June 30th, 2020 9:56 am

    “Town of Century Wastewater Improvements
    $500,000 to design and permit repairs to Century’s failing wastewater treatment facility”
    How much will the actual repairs cost? Once all repairs are complete who will be in charge of maintaining the equipment? Surely the state will not leave the new facility in the hands of those who neglected it and allowed it to fall into the state of disrepair it is in now.

  6. John Feilds on June 30th, 2020 8:20 am

    The county government has no intention of preserving that way of life, kinda like the vote to rezone district 5 after it was recommended to leave it alone. The county commissioners have their best interest at heart.

  7. Rasheed Jackson on June 30th, 2020 7:48 am

    “Sense of place enjoyed” That left when the traffic took over. The small quaint and quiet little community of Beulah is lost forever.

  8. Henry Coe on June 30th, 2020 6:36 am

    “The Beulah Master Plan will establish a vision for allowing for the continued growth in the area while preserving the quality of life and sense of place enjoyed by the current residents.”

    That’s funny.





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