Burlington Townhomes Rising on 8th Street in Downtown St. Pete

Burlington Townhomes Rising on 8th Street in Downtown St. Pete

Another townhome project is coming soon in Downtown St. Pete. David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest private home builder, is developing a 24-unit townhome community called Burlington Townhomes located at the northwest corner of Burlington Avenue and 8th Street North.

The project is on the same site where 801 Conway was previously proposed. That project, which was initially announced in early 2016, would have featured 35 units in a series of four story buildings surrounding an interior parking motor court.

But before 801 Conway could break ground it was delayed by a series of permitting issues and was ultimately cancelled due to rising construction costs. Many of 801 Conway’s permitting delays were a result of its unique design, which featured a mix of condominiums and townhomes.

Read More

Proposed EDGE District Hotel Gains Flag and Council’s Approval

Proposed EDGE District Hotel Gains Flag and Council’s Approval

Back in October, St. Pete Rising broke the news of an 11-story, 135-key boutique hotel proposed for the heart of Downtown St. Pete’s trendy EDGE District. Since the announcement, DevMar Development has been diligently working behind the scenes to bring the project to fruition.

The development will be located on a currently vacant lot at the southeast corner of 1st Avenue North and 11th Street North, which is owned by local real estate investor Jonathan Daou, the de facto “mayor” of the EDGE District.

After months of planning, many of the project’s details are starting to come into focus. We’ve just learned that the hotel will be a Marriott property. Specifically, it will fall under Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio brand.

“Once they toured the area, the folks at Marriott immediately saw the potential for the EDGE District,” says Mark DeMaria, CEO of DevMar. “And with so much city pride throughout St. Pete, we knew the Tribute Portfolio brand would be a perfect fit.”

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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...

 

Read More