It seems like each time we take a stroll through downtown there are new restaurants and galleries opening and more apartment complexes and condo towers being built. We realize it’s difficult to keep track of everything. Luckily, we’ve done the research, so you don’t have to. Each month we will feature a few of the most exciting new downtown developments that are on the horizon for the Sunshine City.
ONE St. Petersburg, a 41-story condominium tower currently under construction at 100 1st Avenue North, has eclipsed the 23rd floor. The tower is expected to top out around the end of the year and begin moving in residents by the end of 2018. Over 77% of the tower’s 253 residential units have already been reserved.
A new 34-unit townhouse community, The District on 9th, broke ground last month at 9th Street North and Arlington Avenue in downtown’s up-and-coming EDGE District. Homes will range in size from 1,500 to 2,600 square feet. Sales have just begun and units start in the high $300’s.
St. Pete’s ninth brewery opened in April. Paying homage to local history, Flying Boat Brewing is named after the world’s first ticketed flight — nicknamed the “Flying Boat” because it took off and landed in the water. Owners Glenn Zakany, Tanner Zakany and Josh Perian worked closely with the St. Petersburg Museum of History to adorn the walls of the tasting room with pictures and placards describing St. Pete history. Visit the brewery at 1776 11th Avenue North.
Wyland Galleries opened up last month at 400 Beach Drive, taking over one of the parcels recently vacated by the Chihuly Collection, which moved up the street to 720 Central Avenue. Known as the “Michelangelo” of marine art, Wyland specializes in original paintings, giclee’s, sculpture and jewelry.
The Estate, a nightclub and event space, opened their doors for the first time a few weeks ago at 179 1st Avenue North (previously home to Platformz). Helmed by the former owners of the well-known Cask and Ale, The Estate is a welcome addition to the downtown nightlife scene, especially after the closing of Push Ultra Lounge, which will be replaced by an expanded Red Mesa Cantina. Instead of offering the typical bottle service, The Estate allows patrons to order small-batch bottles of hand-crafted premium cocktails to their suite. A whiskey cart is also available for tableside, featuring stirred Manhattans and Old Fashioneds.
Development continues to move west along Central Avenue as the Grand Central District recently welcomed Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe to the neighborhood at 2927 Central Avenue. Named after the Hawthorne District of Portland, Oregon, Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe operates as both a market and a cafe offering over 300 beers, 75 wines, and 8 deli sandwiches. If you go, be sure to try a Bubble Box, which comes stocked with various fruit juices and a bottle of champagne for a DIY mimosa experience.
Located just a quarter of a mile away from the Dali Museum, The Salvador, a 74- unit condominium tower, has started moving residents into their new homes. Work is still being completed on the 3rd floor, 11,000 square foot amenity deck, which includes fire pits, a dog park, a heated saltwater pool with spa, and an outdoor dining area. Seven of the 74 units are still available for purchase, starting in the high $400’s.
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