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.
🛴💨 SCOOTERS IN ST PETE 🛴💨 Yesterday, City Council approved an ordinance that would allow scooter companies to participate in a one-year pilot program in St Pete. 😁🎉 Although scooters could hit the streets by late winter, the there will be quite a few stipulations: .
⚠️ Scooters will be banned from sidewalks and along the waterfront trail
⚠️ Scooters can be ridden within a bike lane, if there is one, on roads with speed limits of 30 miles per hour and under
⚠️ Speeds capped at 15 miles per hour
⚠️ The scooters must be parked within designated corrals across the city
The renovations to Avid Brew Company are COMPLETE! 🍺🥳 Although the brewery has been open for over a year now at 1745 1st Ave S, renovations to the front of the building are officially done. 😁 In addition to serving fantastic beer, Avid also sells homebrewing and growing supplies in a retail store attached to the expanded tasting room. Cheers! 🍻
Delmar 745, a 65-unit affordable housing community, has TOPPED OUT❗️🥳 Located in Downtown St Pete at 745 Delmar Terrace South, the 12-story building will include a fitness studio, secure covered bike locking stations, lighted walkways, a clubhouse, library and computer room with free WiFi, clothes care facilities, and a children’s alcove. 🚴♂️🏋️♀️📚 The project is expected to wrap up in Spring 2020. ☀️