Tampa-based workforce housing developer Blue Sky Communities will be demolishing a church to build a new age-restricted development in St. Petersburg.
The St. Petersburg Development Review Commission unanimously approved a site plan for Blue Sky, under the entity named Blue 64 Street LLC, to construct an 85-unit apartment development that would serve those 55 years old, and older.
The four-story building would be built at 635 64th St. S. on the west side of 64th Street South and north of Fairfield Avenue South. The Grace Connection at Pasadena church is currently located on the property.
“All of the units would be for workforce housing, 100% of them. There will not be market-rate units,” said Don Mastry, an attorney representing Blue Sky. “The zoning for the 4.37 acres NSM-1, which permits 15 units an acre and would account for 66 units for this project based on the acreage and the project is utilizing the workforce housing bonus, which allows an additional 26 units.”
The site is near Bear Creek, and immediately adjacent to the south, is an older mobile home park with 196 units, which breaks down to 24 units per acre. To the east, there is a single-family residential community across 64th Street.
Residents of the adjacent neighborhood collected over 500 signatures from those in opposition to the project as it increases the general density of the area and impacts the privacy of the neighboring mobile home park residents. Concerned residents also noted that the 90 parking spaces are not adequate parking for 85 units, assuming most residents will have at least one vehicle.
However, given the current zoning coupled with the workforce housing density bonus, Blue Sky can build up to 92 units.
“The use is permitted, and we aren’t seeking any variances,” Mastry said, adding how the 90 parking spaces are considered adequate parking for this type of project.
Blue Sky Communities is the same developer behind the recently opened SkyWay Lofts, a 65-unit affordable development at 3900 34th St. N and 3313 29th Ave. S. in the Skyway Marina District.