Contemporary Townhomes Planned for Historic Kenwood

Contemporary Townhomes Planned for Historic Kenwood

The downtown development boom is starting to have a ripple effect on the areas surrounding the downtown core. Neighborhoods like the Grand Central District, Warehouse Arts District, and EDGE District have all benefited from Downtown St. Pete’s increasing popularity. And as these communities continue to evolve, they’ve started to develop distinct identities and personalities of their own.

The Grand Central District, for example, is a growing, creative, and bohemian collection of 350 locally owned and operated businesses, including merchants, restaurants, bars, art galleries, professional services, and health and wellness providers. The neighborhood is located just west of Downtown St Pete with boundaries between 31st Street to 16th Street, and includes Central Avenue, 1st Avenue North and 1st Avenue South.

Many of the small businesses that would have once eyed the 600 block are instead looking west down Central Avenue due to significantly cheaper rents. While this shift is seen as a negative by many, the businesses moving into the district have reactivated buildings, and even entire blocks, that have sat underutilized or vacant for decades.

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Downtown Developments May 2019: The Dali to Expand and More!

Downtown Developments May 2019: The Dali to Expand and More!

Here’s the latest on what’s new in Downtown St. Pete. On top of what we’ve highlighted below, an Israeli burger chain will be coming soon to the ONE St Pete condo tower, a tea lounge opened up in the Grand Central District, a barbershop from Portland announced plans to open on the 600 block, pre-sales began for downtown’s next condo tower, and the historic McCrory building was sold.

As many of you are aware, we write a column every month called Downtown Developments for Green Bench Monthly, a local community magazine. In the column, we highlight everything coming soon to Downtown St. Pete, including new restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. We also reveal new tower renderings, announce townhome projects, and much more. A few months ago, we started publishing that column right here on St. Pete Rising, in addition to Green Bench Monthly!

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Pre-sales Begin Next Week for 35-story St. Pete Tower

Pre-sales Begin Next Week for 35-story St. Pete Tower

After the completion of ONE St. Petersburg, a 41-story condo tower which became the city’s tallest building last year, the developer behind it, Kolter Group, is preparing to quietly launch pre-sales for its latest Downtown St. Pete project.

Reservations will begin this week for Saltaire, a proposed 35-story condominium tower which is slated to be built on the current surface parking lot of the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel located at 300 1st Street South.

The building will be marketed exclusively to owners of units at ONE St. Petersburg for two weeks, according to an email that was sent to residents. ONE St. Petersburg’s 253 units sold out over six months before completion, and some of the units have already been resold for returns in the 30-40% range. Reservations for units at Saltaire open to the general public on May 9th.

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Israeli Burger Joint to Open in Downtown St. Pete

Israeli Burger Joint to Open in Downtown St. Pete

Burgerim, which translates to "many burgers" in Hebrew, will be opening on the ground level of ONE St. Petersburg, Downtown St. Pete’s tallest tower.

Started in Tel Aviv in 2011, founder Donna Tuchner discovered a way to set Burgerim apart from the other burger eateries – variety. Instead of the typical 7oz burger, Burgerim specializes in 2.8oz mini burgers that are completely customizable.

Build a simple burger for the kids and an unconventional masterpiece for yourself. Burgerim offers three buns, six sauces, ten patties, and nine toppings. The choice of patties includes beef, turkey, lamb, dry-aged, chicken, chorizo, salmon, merguez (spicy beef), wagyu, and veggie.

Dress your burger with traditional toppings like mixed greens, grilled onions, and sautéed mushrooms and then add specialty toppings such as pineapple, avocado, or a sunny side up egg. Each burger meal comes with a side of either fries, sweet potato fries, or onion rings.

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USF St. Pete Breaks Ground on New Housing Project

USF St. Pete Breaks Ground on New Housing Project

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg embarks on its latest chapter of growth with the construction of a new residence hall and dining facility. Community leaders and local elected officials including Mayor Rick Kriseman, USFSP Regional Chancellor Martin Tadlock, and USF President Judy Genshaft gathered today to officially break ground on a project that will increase the campus’ housing population by nearly 70%.

The 125,000 square foot building will be six-stories and have 375 beds. Once complete it will join two other dormitories in expanding on-campus housing from 550 beds to more than 900, an important step for the university which has recently had to house students in the Downtown St. Pete Hilton Bayfront Hotel due to lack of capacity.

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Here's What the Dali Museum's $39M Expansion Will Look Like

Here's What the Dali Museum's $39M Expansion Will Look Like

One of Pinellas County’s biggest tourism draws, the Dalí Museum, has submitted a capital projects funding request to the county’s Tourist Development Council in hopes of receiving $17.5 million in public funding to construct a $38.6 million expansion. Since opening in its current location in 2011, the Dali Museum has drawn between 360,000 and 450,000 visitors per year, over 75% of whom are from outside the area. The Dalí Museum is the largest single-artist museum in the United States and is the most-visited art museum in Florida. 

But the museum has bigger plans for the future. They want to expand to accommodate 50% more visitors and they’re estimating the proposed expansion will bring in an additional 900,000 visitors over a ten year period. The expansion would consist of three components — a new digital Dali permanent exhibit, community & education space, and a parking garage...

 

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