Project: Central & 16th Redevelopment

Project: Central & 16th Redevelopment

On the western edge of Downtown St. Petersburg lies the appropriately named Edge District, a Florida Main Street Community of shopping, dining, and living. If you haven't explored the Edge District you're missing out, they have a ton of restaurants and cool antique shops. This area has been booming and has become a unique destination.

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Project: USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business building

Project: USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business building

From the green benches of  "God's Waiting Room" to the green and gold of the USF Bulls, USF St.Petersburg (USFSP) seems poised to expand it's role on downtown. Over the past few years there has been a lot of change on the small bay front campus including the addition of on-campus housing, a newly constructed student center, and the creation of new campus green space.

But don't expect the projects to stop there. If newly hired Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska has her way USFSP could double its enrollment to 10,000 students by 2024.

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St.Pete "Pocket Projects"

St.Pete "Pocket Projects"

Pocket parks are small parks that are accessible to the public, but they are usually very tiny in comparison to larger parks (think Central Park). However, despite their size, they can create a network of green space to help enhance neighborhoods and communities. I see smaller real estate developments the same way. These so-called "pocket projects" can enhance urban corridors and revitalize neighborhoods. Because many pocket projects lack the size and scale of larger developments they usually receive less publicity, but I think they are just as important. While there's no definition of what makes a development a "pocket project" I'm going to share a few local developments I would consider pocket projects that you may not have heard about.

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Project: Arlington Townhomes

Project: Arlington Townhomes

The Arlington
Stories: 4
Units: 34 townhomes

A new townhome project in Downtown St.Petersburg is under development a few blocks west of Mirror Lake. This 34-unit development will feature homes between 1,700-2,100 square feet. Looking at the renders it appears that each townhome will be 3 stories with a 4th floor terrace, some of which will offer striking skyline views. This project will be a great addition to downtown.

A statement from The Arlington St.Pete website:

We are excited to announce that The Arlington St Pete is coming soon to Downtown St Petersburg! Located at 8th Street North and Arlington Avenue North the urban contemporary community will offer thirty-four townhomes ranging in size from 1,700 to 2,100 square feet.

 

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The Biggest News of the Day

If there's one thing for certain it's that Downtown St.Petersburg is booming. Almost daily there seems to be news of new construction or new restaurants or someone doing something big. The transformation seen in Downtown St.Pete over the past decade is almost unbelievable and it hasn't stopped. With all the development going on, someone has to argue: What does it take to be considered the biggest news of the day in Downtown St.Petersburg?

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From Baywalk to Sundial

The shopping center formerly known as Baywalk which was renamed to The Shops at St.Pete now has a new name: Sundial. The plaza is currently undergoing a $40 million renovation and is set to open in the spring. Sundial St.Pete has released a website touting itself as:

AN EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION OF BOUTIQUES, RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE, ALL IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG

Hopefully Sundial St.Pete will release its tenant list soon.

For more information visit: http://sundialstpete.com 

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