NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release January 10, 2000


RESIDENTS, OFFICIALS HERALD GRAND OPENING
OF SOUTH GREENWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD POLICE SUBSTATION

CITY, COMMUNITY SERVICE FOUNDATION AND FOUNDATION VILLAGE
CREATE NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY CENTER

Municipal and state officials will join with scores of residents Saturday morning, January 15, 2000, for the grand opening of the new South Greenwood Neighborhood Police Substation and the attached Foundation Village Neighborhood Family Center.

The dedication of the 5,000 square-foot complex - developed largely through grant funding - is the culmination of years of persistent work by residents and both government and private sector entities, all working in concert.

Grand opening activities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 15th at the 1498 South Greenwood Avenue complex (on the northwest corner of Woodlawn Avenue). On hand will be municipal and county officials as well as State Senator Jack Latvala and representatives of the many agencies responsible for seeing the idea through to fruition.

The 1,400 square-foot Police Substation will be staffed by a Patrol Sergeant and three Community-Oriented Policing Patrol Officers. The Foundation Village Neighborhood Family Center will provide after-school care for children, adult education classes and support programs for community residents.

A large part of the funding for the South Greenwood Substation and Family Center - $224,527 - came from a "Safe Neighborhood" grant awarded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to the non-profit Community Service Foundation. The grant paid for construction of the Police Substation and office furniture and fixtures as well as $75,000 to be used for police overtime enforcement in the South Greenwood community.

The grant also provided funds for cellular telephones to be used by a neighborhood homeowners’ group - the South Clearwater Citizens for Progressive Action - who patrol the community, keeping an eye out for crime and suspicious activity. Additionally, the grant funding will provide administrative fees for the Community Service Foundation.

Construction commenced immediately after the July 26, 1999 groundbreaking for the complex, which residents have wanted for more than a decade.

In addition to several City of Clearwater departments, others involved in the development and construction of the complex include the South Clearwater Citizens for Progressive Action, the Community Service Foundation, Foundation Village, the Clearwater Housing Authority, the Norton Apartments and the Woodlawn Church of God.

/s/
SID KLEIN
Chief of Police