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Developer proposes 15-story residential tower near Tropicana Field

Veronica Brezina

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A rendering of the planned 15-story Tuxedo Court tower. All renderings: City of St. Petersburg documents.

Plans have been revealed for a 15-story, mixed-use complex that would be built on the corner of 8th Street and 4th Avenue South.

The proposed $65.4 million development – dubbed the Tuxedo Court – will house 260 residential units and 2,700 square feet of ground-floor retail/restaurant space. The site at 720 Charles Court South is bordered by Tropicana Field to the west and downtown St. Pete to the east.  

A southeast rendering of Tuxedo Court.

There are currently 10 residences on the 1.15-acre property that are slated to be demolished. 

The site plans for the tower were filed by Tuxedo Court LLC, which is linked to White/Peterman Properties Inc. The architect on record is Kansas-based LK Architecture and Engineering. 

A rendering of the tower as viewed from a southwest bird’s eye view. 

An 11-story, u-shaped tower will be built on top of a five-story parking garage. The parking garage will be accessible from Charles Court South and Grey Eagle Court South.

A rendering of the northeast view of the tower. 

The breakdown of the floors, according to the filed plans:

  • The first floor will be for vehicular access and bicycle parking.
  • The second floor, which is the ground floor, will have a residential lobby, commercial, five residential units. The residential units on the ground floor will have a private courtyard with direct access to 4th Avenue South. Each unit will either have a balcony or a patio. 
  • The third and fourth floors will have residential units and parking.
  • The fifth floor will have 20 units, a fitness center and an outdoor pool.
  • The sixth level will have 20 units, an outdoor dog walking area and a roof deck.
  • The seventh through the 14th floors will have 20 units.
  • The 15th floor will have 19 residential units and a club room.

The units will have one- and two-bedroom apartments and lofts in various layouts. The smallest one-bedroom units start around 515-563 square feet, while the larger one-bedroom options will be between 647-997 square feet. There will be large two-bedroom lofts that will total 1,472 square feet.

A rendering showing the south view. 

The complex will also offer 475 bicycle parking spaces. 

The maximum height of the building will be 200 feet, which means it must go before the St. Pete Development Review Commission. The commission will review the project next week.

A rendering showing what a pedestrian’s view would be like for 4th Avenue.

The developers indicated they have reached out to nearby neighborhood associations about the project and have yet to receive any negative feedback. 

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    Sam

    October 28, 2021at3:55 pm

    I have negative feedback! This building is not what this block needs or wants. We are a small, quiet block surrounded by one-way streets and alleys. Our block can not support 260 new apartments. This is a misguided attempt at some out of town developers to ruin our town for their profit. They do not care about the residents of that block, they care about profit.

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    Donna

    October 28, 2021at6:13 pm

    I live in Casablanca Towers. Information that I looked at, stated that on September 8th notice was sent to the board at Casablanca Towers with no response. This article also states notice was sent with no feedback. I asked a board member last week if he received a notice regarding the proposed construction back in September. He said the only notice he received was the one we all received in the mail last week. Where is the disconnect?

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    Peter Masone

    October 29, 2021at10:37 am

    Although it sounds like a wonderful, well thought building, it leaves a lot to be desired. Most importantly promoting home ownership over perpetuating the obscene rental market. Our city lacks reasonably priced housing and condos to buy to live in as full time residents.

    Our city continually perpetuates the massive income gap by allowing rental property to be built and enabling investors to buy multiple units as rental income while driving out the people who make St Pete so cool, fun and unique.

    Do something to bring housing cost down, and income up to promote resident ownership!

    I moved to St Petersburg because of what it was and could be. Now, I am looking to leave St Pete to commute in for work because my supposed middle class income cannot support me living here but it wants me to work here!

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