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SPHA IN THE NEWS: Redevelopment Plan for Former Edward White Hospital Supported by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor

Article by Nick Fokianos, SPHA Director of Communications

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA) is planning to transform the former Edward White Hospital site into a multi-story affordable housing complex. The renovated six-story, 121,000-square-foot building will feature 71 apartments for low-income seniors and professional office space. SPHA plans to move our administrative offices to the new development, bringing us closer to the people we serve!

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In May 2024, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14) announced her support for the Edward White redevelopment project. Castor submitted a total of fifteen community projects for consideration by the House Appropriations Committee for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025. She requested $5.34 million in Community Project Funding for the transformation of the former Edward White Hospital into affordable housing.

"Locally-driven priorities are key to lowering costs, making the Tampa Bay area safer and our neighborhoods more sustainable. I enjoy working with dedicated community leaders to lift our vibrant community," said Congresswoman Castor in a press release. "I intend these community investments to lift our Tampa Bay area neighbors, and I am grateful to all our local partners who remain dedicated partners in action. I will continue to advocate on behalf of these projects as they continue through the appropriations process."







"We are thrilled that our Community Project Funding request for the Edward White Redevelopment project has been selected for submission to the House Appropriations Committee," said Michael Lundy, President and CEO of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority. "This funding will allow the St. Petersburg Housing Authority to provide high-quality, energy-efficient, affordable housing for the seniors of St. Petersburg. The transformation of the former Edward White Hospital into an affordable housing complex will provide 71 much-needed apartments for low-income seniors. Additionally, it will bring our administrative offices closer to the community we serve. We are immensely grateful to Congresswoman Kathy Castor for championing our Community Project Funding request. The Edward White Redevelopment project is a testament to the St. Petersburg Housing Authority's commitment to fostering safe, affordable, and accessible housing for St. Petersburg's senior population."

SPHA serves more than 4,000 low-income households in St. Petersburg and part of our mission is to enhance and promote resident self-sufficiency.

The planned redevelopment of the former Edward White Hospital is another way that SPHA is working to create opportunities for stronger communities. The project is expected to break ground on construction in mid-2024.


Architectural rendering of the transformed Edward White site.

Architectural rendering of the transformed Edward White site.



An independent quasi-governmental entity and a political subdivision of the State of Florida, operating under Chapter 421 Florida Statutes, SPHA is the local administrative agency for housing assistance programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). SPHA offers a variety of programs and services that provide affordable rental housing to low-income families, seniors, veterans, and the disabled in the greater St. Petersburg region. For more information, visit