This quarter was packed full of groundbreakings! After over a decade of planning, construction has finally commenced on the new St. Pete pier. Construction crews have started driving piles into Tampa Bay to support the over-water portion of the pier. It will take 6 months to complete the pile driving process, however construction on the pier deck is scheduled to begin as early as October.
In other groundbreaking news, located on Fourth Avenue North between Third and Fourth streets, the Museum of the American Arts of Crafts Movement site was fenced off this quarter for site preparation. The $70 million privately funded museum will occupy 137,000 square feet and stand 5 stories tall. The museum will include a 100-seat auditorium, a resource library, a children's education center, a 300-seat upscale restaurant, a cafe, retail store and event space. The expected opening date is May 2019.
Coming off of a record year in 2016, Downtown St. Pete’s real estate market is continuing to show signs of strength with the addition of new residential development. With land in downtown’s core at a premium, many developers are turning to urban infill townhome developments to meet the increasing demand.
Over the last few years, these townhome developments, usually consisting of 10 units or less, have begun popping up around downtown with much success. Last year, sold out townhome projects such as Del Mar City Homes, Quattro, and the Renaissance City Homes were completed, indicating strength in the high-end townhome market.
Wannemacher Jensen Architects is expanding its downtown headquarters with the construction of a 34,000 square foot mixed-use building adjacent to its current headquarters. 🏗️😃 The proposal calls for a stunning six-story building overlooking Mirror Lake complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and an ultra-modern look. 😎☀️
The Left Bank Bistro is now OPEN in Historic Uptown at 1225 Dr. MLK Jr St. North! 😋 Currently only coffee and pastries are available Wednesday to Monday from 7am to 11am and Happy Hour from 4pm to 8pm. ☕🥐😊 However in the near future, their menu (and hours) will expand to offer french-inspired lunch, brunch and dinner. ☀️
THE DOCTOR IS IN❗👨⚕️ Dr. BBQ The Restaurant will be opening October 17th in the EDGE District of Downtown St. Pete. 🍖🍗🥓 We've got all the details, including the must-have menu items! Are you as excited as we are? 😄☀️