City Council, Preserve the Burg, developer Michel Regignano and residents of the Flori de Leon. They’ve all been players in the Downtown St. Pete development saga that has played out over the last eighteen months. We’re talking about the controversial Blue Lotus (formerly Bezu) condominium project.
While many of you think you’ve been staying up to date, you probably don’t know all of the details. Or maybe you don’t know any details. Regardless, over the past year, we’ve heard comments such as “Wait… I thought that project was denied?” Or “Hasn’t that been approved already?” Well the answer to both is yes. Confused? We are here to help.
There are a lot of details to this story, let’s take a step back and remember how we got here…
Downtown St. Pete’s urban core continues to expand with the introduction of the Blue Lotus condominiums at the southwest corner of 4th Avenue North and 1st Street North. Arclight Development Group is proposing a 19-story boutique high-rise which will feature 18 residential units including a three level penthouse.
The project is proposed for the site of a 24-story condominium concept which was shot down by the Development Review Commission and City Council earlier this year. Since that setback, developer Michel Regignano has worked to envision a project that is more compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
🛴💨 SCOOTERS IN ST PETE 🛴💨 Yesterday, City Council approved an ordinance that would allow scooter companies to participate in a one-year pilot program in St Pete. 😁🎉 Although scooters could hit the streets by late winter, the there will be quite a few stipulations: .
⚠️ Scooters will be banned from sidewalks and along the waterfront trail
⚠️ Scooters can be ridden within a bike lane, if there is one, on roads with speed limits of 30 miles per hour and under
⚠️ Speeds capped at 15 miles per hour
⚠️ The scooters must be parked within designated corrals across the city
The renovations to Avid Brew Company are COMPLETE! 🍺🥳 Although the brewery has been open for over a year now at 1745 1st Ave S, renovations to the front of the building are officially done. 😁 In addition to serving fantastic beer, Avid also sells homebrewing and growing supplies in a retail store attached to the expanded tasting room. Cheers! 🍻
Delmar 745, a 65-unit affordable housing community, has TOPPED OUT❗️🥳 Located in Downtown St Pete at 745 Delmar Terrace South, the 12-story building will include a fitness studio, secure covered bike locking stations, lighted walkways, a clubhouse, library and computer room with free WiFi, clothes care facilities, and a children’s alcove. 🚴♂️🏋️♀️📚 The project is expected to wrap up in Spring 2020. ☀️