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Construction commences on The Nolen

Veronica Brezina



The latest rendering of The Nolen. All images provided.

Crews have started construction on St. Petersburg’s newest luxury condominium – The Nolen. 

A planned 23-story boutique residential tower at 146 4th Ave. Northeast, The Nolen will include 31 units, a three-story parking structure and 1,260 square feet of ground-floor retail space. 

The tower is named after urban planner John Nolen, who has a significant role in St. Pete’s waterfront parks. Construction is expected to last 20 months. 

The construction site for The Nolen.  

The green-certified complex will offer a dedicated concierge, fitness center, wellness room, a social room called “The Saloon” with a large catering kitchen, and terrace with a heated pool and spa, outdoor kitchen, fire tables and cabanas. 

The Tampa Bay-based project team includes DDA Development, Backstreets Capital, Place Architecture, Melissa Kelly Design Studio, EWI Inc. and Smith and Associates Real Estate as the exclusive broker.

The development partners are also now working with Ellison Construction (formerly EWI) of Tampa for the project. The team worked together on Casa Gomez, an office building in Ybor City and The Pearl, an apartment development in Tampa Heights, according to a news release. Ellison Construction’s portfolio includes the Oxford Exchange and the Stovall House in Tampa. 

A different angle showing the construction site for The Nolen.  

“It was important to us to bring on a trusted, local company with intimate knowledge of building in Tampa Bay, specifically a luxury offering of this kind and the high expectations of us as developers, and ultimately our buyers,” project team developer Bowen Arnold of DDA Development said in a statement. 

Prior to kicking off the construction, three months ago, DDA Development and its partners relocated the historic 120-year-old home at the site, known as the Watergarden Inn, three-quarters of a mile, or 10 blocks, to the northeast corner of 8th Avenue N. and Dartmoor Street. 

The team had promised the city it would retain the historic building rather than demolish it.

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