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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Downtown St. Pete’s Historic McCrory Building Sold to Miami Investor

Downtown St. Pete’s Historic McCrory Building Sold to Miami Investor

Last week a Miami real estate investment group closed on the purchase of Downtown St. Pete’s historic McCrory Building at 433 Central Avenue. The sale, which is one of many recent transactions in the immediate area, sold to Tricera Capital for just under $6 million.

The sale represents the ninth acquisition for the group in the greater downtown area. In addition to 433 Central Avenue, Tricera also owns 658-670 Central Avenue which houses restaurants such as Pacific Counter, Maple Street Biscuit Company, and Brass Bowl & Juicery as well as the Furnish Me Vintage building at 1246 Central Avenue. The group’s St. Pete holdings are primarily focused on the Central Avenue corridor in the Central Arts District, EDGE District, and Grand Central District.

Built in 1904, the McCrory Building served as the backdrop for many historic photos of St. Pete’s iconic green benches. The building’s current tenants include Pin Wok & Bowl, La V Vietnamese Fusion, and Luna Loca in the ground floor and the Rising Tide Innovation Center in the 2nd floor office space.

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OPINION: Bezu is Back, Here’s Why it Should be Approved

OPINION: Bezu is Back, Here’s Why it Should be Approved

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…

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Renovations to 1110 Central to Add Boutique Office Space to EDGE District

Renovations to 1110 Central to Add Boutique Office Space to EDGE District

There aren’t many neighborhoods in Tampa Bay that are growing faster than Downtown St. Pete’s booming EDGE District, which is identified as the area around Central Avenue between 9th Street and 16th Street. In the past few months, we’ve witnessed the completion of 930 Central Flats which brought 218 new apartments to the neighborhood, the opening of Green Bench Brewing’s Webb’s City Cellar, which boasts Florida’s largest beer cellar, and just last week we celebrated the grand opening of the new $79 million headquarters for the St. Pete Police Department.

On top of that, the area has also seen the opening of multiple retail shops like Atlas Body + Home, a men’s clothing boutique, and Retrograde Goods, a shop selling locally handmade products. Some businesses, like Kalamazoo Olive Company, which was located closer to the downtown core at 449 Central Avenue, have relocated to the EDGE District. Kalamazoo’s new store opened last Friday at 1010 Central Avenue.

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New Details Emerge About Kolter's Second Downtown St. Pete Tower

New Details Emerge About Kolter's Second Downtown St. Pete Tower

Five weeks ago it was revealed that the Kolter Group, the developers behind ONE St. Petersburg, a recently constructed 41-story condo and hotel project, were planning a second tower in Downtown St. Petersburg, FL. After the success of ONE, which completely sold out over six months before completion, Kolter knew the downtown market had an appetite for more condos. Kolter’s second project is proposed just three blocks south of ONE in the parking lot of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel and directly across from Al Lang Stadium. 

New information has surfaced about the project, which is now preliminarily known as Bayfront St. Petersburg. While it was previously announced that the tower would soar 35-stories, include 200 condominiums and ground floor retail, we now know a few more specifics about the total cost, the construction timeline, and what the tower will look like.

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Mixed-Use High-Rise to Bring Office and Boutique Hotel to Downtown St. Pete

Mixed-Use High-Rise to Bring Office and Boutique Hotel to Downtown St. Pete

Another surface parking lot in the Downtown St. Pete core is poised to become a high-rise mixed-use development according to a resolution that will go before the St. Pete City Council on March 7th. The resolution, if approved, will allow negotiations to move forward between the City and The DeNunzio Group, a Cambridge, MA based real estate company, to construct a new public parking garage as part of a new development at the southeast corner of First Avenue N and Fifth Street N.

Last year the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Christ United Methodist Church had entered an agreement to sell its parking lot at 450 1st Avenue N for $5.65 million. At the time, the buyer was disclosed as Miles River Development, a Connecticut based company. They have since backed out of purchasing the site in order to focus on other projects in the area.

This opened up an opportunity for Dustin DeNunzio, who founded The DeNunzio Group back in 2005. His company is currently under contract to buy the downtown lot for $5.3M.

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