A well-respected developer from Michigan has unveiled plans to build an 11-story apartment tower just outside of Downtown St. Pete’s trendy EDGE District. DevMar Development is in the process of assembling 1.9 acres of land located at the corner of 16th Street and 1st Avenue North. With the exception of a small car wash, a majority of the land has been sitting vacant for over a decade.
The mixed-use building, dubbed First North Lofts, is a collaboration between Mark DeMaria, CEO of DevMar Development, Jonathan Daou, a local real estate investor, the project’s architects, and local consultants. DeMaria brings over 20 years of multi-family development expertise and Daou contributes his retail experience into this collaborative tailor-made project specifically designed for St. Pete.
The development will be perfectly flanked by two of St. Pete’s most desirable neighborhoods — the EDGE District and the Grand Central District. In either direction, residents will be steps away from hundreds of restaurants, bars, art galleries, and coffee shops.
However, if residents are so inclined, they wouldn’t really have to leave the property. First North Lofts, which DeMaria describes as “an urban resort at an affordable cost”, will provide a wealth of attractive amenities.
BACK TO THE BURG❗️ Nitallys ThaiMex is COMING SOON to 1163 9th Street North (formerly Art of Sushi)! 🤭🎉😄 After closing their wildly popular restaurant in the Grand Central District last year, Nit and Ally opened up Nitally’s Express in South Pasadena. But the plan was always to return to St Pete. It won’t be much longer before we can enjoy their delicious Green Curry Burrito and Chipotle Pad Thai in sunny St Pete again! 🌮😎☀️
🍍Pineapple Espresso🍍, a drive-thru coffee shop and health-focused eatery, is NOW OPEN at 3045 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street North! 🎉😁 Their coffee is roasted in-house and available in drip, espresso, cold brew, or whole bean ☕️ And from the comfort of your car, you can order fresh healthy food such as avocado toast topped with local citrus, roasted beet, crumbled goat cheese, walnut and mint 🥑 Who else is excited for Burg-roasted coffee and healthy food via DRIVE-THRU!? 😊
NEW THIS MONTH❗ A cocktail lounge, the old police HQ site, an eco-boutique, 400 Central Avenue, and a Greek-Lebanese eatery 😋
Do you find it hard to keep up with everything opening in Downtown St Pete these days? Not anymore! 😄 Downtown Developments is a monthly column featuring a few of the most exciting new happenings on the horizon for the Sunshine City ☀️ Every month, read Downtown Developments online at StPeteRising.com and in print in Green Bench Monthly 🎉