American House Senior Living Breaks Ground Near Tyrone Square Mall

American House Senior Living Breaks Ground Near Tyrone Square Mall

Sometimes it seems like all of St. Petersburg’s growth is happening downtown. And there’s no doubt that part of town is booming with new construction. But there are exciting developments sprouting up in other neighborhoods of St. Pete too.

Back in March, a senior housing developer, Prevarian Senior Living, purchased a parcel of land near Tyrone Square Mall for $5.18 million. In May, American House St. Petersburg, a senior housing community, broke ground on the corner of 9th Avenue and 66th Street. The development will feature 165 units and offer independent living, assisted living and memory care services in a resort-style setting.

The project is being co-developed by Prevarian Senior Living and American House Senior Living Communities, one of the country’s largest owners and operators of senior living communities.

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Sunshine Kitty Catfe Pounces Onto 1st Avenue South This Fall

Sunshine Kitty Catfe Pounces Onto 1st Avenue South This Fall

Get ready, St. Pete! Sunshine Kitty Catfe, Tampa Bay’s first cat cafe, will open this fall at 1663 1st Avenue South in Downtown St. Pete.

Never heard of a cat cafe? Not to worry! A typical cat cafe is divided into two sections — a cafe that serves food and drinks and a cat lounge filled with adorable and adoptable cats.

The cat lounge is where the cats live, so to keep the space as low stress as possible, and to make it a pleasant experience for the people visiting, there is usually a limit on the amount of people admitted to the cat lounge per hour. The standard setup is to offer one hour reservations, which are highly recommended.

But before Sunshine Kitty Catfe can open their doors, they need our help! Although they’ve secured a beautiful space in Downtown St Pete, there is still a lot of work to be done. Sunshine Kitty is currently raising money via IndieGoGo to fund major renovations of the space, and to acquire appropriate permitting and licensing required by the city and state.

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Fire at Karma Juice Bar & Eatery Prompts Temporary Move to EDGE District

Fire at Karma Juice Bar & Eatery Prompts Temporary Move to EDGE District

While the rest of America was grilling burgers and relaxing by the pool on July 4th, Josie Barber and her daughter April Lupkey received devastating news. A fire had broken out at their Downtown St. Pete restaurant, Karma Juice Bar & Eatery, located at 209 1st Street NE.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but Barber estimates it’ll take 2-3 months and $200,000 to rebuild. “We are already drawing up the plans to make it safer,” says Barber. “This is an opportunity to make Karma better than ever.”

As a gesture of goodwill after hearing about the fire, real estate owner Jon Daou offered Karma discounted rent inside one of his properties. So until the original location reopens, Karma will temporarily operate out of Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails at 1111 Central Avenue.

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The Pinball Arcade Museum Opens in Downtown St. Pete Next Month

The Pinball Arcade Museum Opens in Downtown St. Pete Next Month

Get ready to relive your childhood at a new arcade coming soon to Downtown St. Pete. The Pinball Arcade Museum will be booting up at 2313 Central Avenue on August 1st.

The 2,000 square foot space will be filled with around 60 pinball and arcade machines from the ’80’s and ’90’s. Expect to see pinball classics like The Addams Family, Cyclone, Gilligan's Island and South Park and popular arcade games such as Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Moon Patrol, and Smash TV.

You won’t need to carry around a pocket full of dirty quarters or tokens either — all machines will be set to Free Play. Instead, a $15 admission fee will give gamers an all-day pass to the arcade. A wristband will allow re-entry, so feel free to grab some food and come back.

If you’re looking for a little competition, The Pinball Arcade Museum will be hosting tournaments and leagues throughout the year. And if you want to throw your own party, the space will also be available to rent. Who will be the first to hold their wedding reception at the arcade? And can I have an invite?

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400 Central Reveals Redesigned Two Tower Concept

400 Central Reveals Redesigned Two Tower Concept

In 2016, John Catsimatidis acquired a 2-acre lot on Downtown St Pete’s 400 block for $16.5 million. “St. Pete needs a skyline,” said the Greek-American billionaire as he announced plans to construct the tallest in Pinellas County on the site. 

The proposal called for a 50-story tower filled with around 325 condominiums, 200 hotel rooms, and ground-level retail.

While the tower may still become the county’s tallest, it won’t soar quite as high as initially planned. “Because of the proximity to the flight paths from Albert Whitted Airport, we needed to reduce the height of the building,” said Ralph Zirinsky, Development Manager at Red Apple.

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Downtown Developments June 2019: Burgers from Israel Coming to DTSP and More!

Downtown Developments June 2019: Burgers from Israel Coming to DTSP and More!

Despite the blisteringly hot weather, May was a good month for St. Pete. In addition to the exciting things we’ve highlighted below, Hometown Crepes and Baum Mi started serving food at Baum Avenue Market, a new liquor store opened in the EDGE District, and seven proposals were submitted to replace the old Police HQ.

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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