On May 15, 2014, the St. Petersburg City Council unanimously approved the Skyway Marina District Plan, 34th Street between 30th and 54th Avenues South. The Skyway Marina District Plan will guide improvements in the areas of retail offerings, redevelopment opportunities, and a visual identity. The Plan also addresses the need to create a sense of place, attract new employers and residents, and provide a connected multimodal environment.
The first visible projects of the Plan include new landscaping in the medians of 34th Street and the creation of gateway “welcome” features at three designated locations – to include signage, landscaping, and lighting. A high priority of the Plan is to designate the District as an Activity Center in the City’s Future Land Use Plan. This designation will enable higher intensity and density designed to spur new vertical mixed use development projects. To attract investors, a $1M mixed use development incentive has been recommended to City Council for approval, in tandem with a $50,000 restaurant incentive for a sit-down dining establishment that meets the minimum qualifications.
Today, there are visible signs of business investment in the area, these include:
Maximo Marina is a high and dry facility with 300 wet slips and renowned as the largest covered wet slip marina in the State. A $25M renovation has began on the 50-year old facility, which will allow it to accommodate larger vessels, provide an abundance of marine services, and potentially include an on-site restaurant. The renovation will be constructed in phases and is expected to be completed within five years. www.maximomarina.com
St. Petersburg Kidney Care South has just broken ground on a 1.14 acre parcel with a 7,500 SF office building taking shape. The new medical facility is located at 4050 34th Street South and will be a first of its kind in the area.
Spare Room Mini Storage has been in service for 17 years, serving the residents that surround the Skyway Marina District. The family owned business has 5 employees and has just completed an expansion that doubles business capacity to 50,000+ SF, totaling 600 units in a variety of dimensions. www.spareroomministorage.com
Grand Villas is nearing completion of a $5M investment, transforming the property into a living and memory care center. The living center is comprised of 98 units and includes a main street that features an internet café, library, billiards parlor, barbershop, beauty salon, 24 seat theater, general store, and dining and activity rooms. The memory center will have approximately 52 units and will include similar services within its own wing of the Villas, providing enhanced security features for the specialized care of Alzheimer and Dementia patients. Grand Villas has over 60-years experience in the industry with nine locations in Florida and three in Georgia. The St. Petersburg facility is expected to open by August 2014 and is currently accepting applications for patient care. www.grandvillastpete.com
To support small business in the community through the Plan, City Council approved $50,000 in early 2014 for the hiring of a District Manager to be housed within the Skyway Marine District Business Association. Linda Bowler was hired in May and tasked with growing, marketing, and promoting the area and its business community. She can be reached at Linda@SkywayMarina.com or 727-321-5000 ext. 299.
To learn more about the Skyway Marina District Plan, please visit www.stpete.org/34
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St. Petersburg, FL 33731
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