A new portal for authorization is defined and a residential structure is being developed
Online city portal
The City of Plant City recently rolled out a new software system that allows remote permit applications.
MainStar is an online portal that provides convenient access to engineering, construction and zoning related matters at the click of a button.
The California-based company not only offers permit application, but users can schedule inspections, track permit status, and upload documents to and from the portal.
Kent Andrel is the Director of Information Technology at Plant City. He and his team oversaw the new implementation.
“This will allow portal users to select any type of permit or application they wish to apply for,” he said. “It will also allow portal users to make payments for permits.”
When an application is submitted, their designated department will review it to ensure the information is correct and all required documents are included.
If any information is not included or needs to be changed, the applicant will be notified by email of the items to be addressed.
The Plant City City Commission originally approved its installment on the city’s website in October 2018.
However, on-site training and support has been discontinued due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the software now available, owners, contractors and agents, among others, can avoid going directly to municipal services for these services.
Creating a profile and logging in is free, and users can view notifications sent to them.
“Once logged in, the user has the option to click on ‘My Profile,’ which will display the user’s account information and any credentials that apply to that user,” Andrel explained.
One feature that does not require a login is a map of Plant City. The red dots indicate where different properties are located and describe whether they relate to operations such as engineering, planning, or code enforcement.
The online portal can be accessed by visiting the Department of Construction, Engineering, or Planning and Zoning pages on the Plant City website: PlantCityGov.com.
It can also be found by visiting: https://H8.MainStar.co/PlantCityPortal/#/.
Plant City City Manager Bill McDaniel is in ongoing negotiations with the Plant City Development Group LLC over the construction of a commercial and residential development. It will be located on the former post office grounds off Reynolds Street and across from City Hall in downtown Plant City.
In its current state, the five-story structure will have 123 apartments, with the option of one-, two-, or three-bedroom units.
Apartments will range from 700 square feet to 1,440 square feet, depending on the number of rooms. The rent for a bedroom is around $1,750. A two-bedroom is $1,950 and a three-bedroom is $2,250. However, monthly costs are subject to change.
The first floor, with an area of 4,736 square feet, will be for commercial use and will house at least one restaurant.
The 3,000 square foot rooftop will also provide a social atmosphere as it will house a bar and grill.
Other amenities include a second-floor pool, gym, cabanas, and conference rooms.
It is planned to make the development similar to the architecture of the 1940s and 1950s.
This includes a clock tower, brick facade, arched windows and cast iron overhangs.
“We do a first floor parking lot, it’s not a structured parking lot,” said Sandy Marks of Plant City Development Group LLC. “There are 91 places under the building.”
However, Plant City Development would like to acquire additional property to build parking spaces.
The company asked to lease the vacant lot at 404 W. Mahoney St. in the city for $2,000 a month. It is also prepared to finance the repaving of the land into a car park and the addition of a landscaped buffer zone.
Marks estimates there could be enough land for 22 parking spaces.
In addition, the company wants to partner with the city to lease the 28 parking spaces on Northwest Drane Street, with a lease of $600 per month.
He said: “We are discussing with the city the possibility of renting 22 additional parking spaces for residential tenants. We are in talks with two or three people who have land that could provide between 20 and 30 additional places. We’re trying to get closer to 180. That’s our goal.
The city commission welcomed the proposed project and passed it by a vote of 5-0.
The Plant City LLC development group. will go before the commission at a later date to have its financing plan approved. It also comes as City Manager Bill McDaniel was authorized to guarantee the purchase of a parcel of land.
The land is located at the southwest corner of South Wheeler Street and West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
This property could also be used as parking. This purchase would be $350,000 plus closing costs.
The city has until March 15 to move forward.