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JMC Communities will move historic home to make way for downtown condos

Margie Manning



A rendering of The Perry

JMC Communities unveiled plans for The Perry, a 12-story, 20-unit boutique condominium in downtown St. Petersburg.

The site, just off Beach Drive at 136 4th Ave. NE, currently is occupied by the historic Bay Gables home. JMC said it would relocate the home to the corner of 8th Ave. N. and Dartmoor Street.

The proposed luxury development is the most recent of several projects underway or recently completed in downtown St. Petersburg, including three other nearby JMC developments —  Ovation, Florencia and Rowland Place.

The Perry’s 20 residences will have four floor plans and range from 1,700 to 2,700 square feet. There will be two custom penthouse homes. Amenities include a rooftop terrace, fitness center, bicycle storage and garage space.

JMC did not say how much it plans to spend on the project, or the sales prices of the units.

The project is named after C. Perry Snell, the namesake of the Snell Arcade Building and the Snell Island neighborhood.

The Bay Gables home at 136 4th Ave. NE

The Bay Gables home currently on the site was built in 1910 and is described in a 2006 program for a summit on historic preservation as a frame vernacular structure that has incorporated Queen Anne and Colonial Revival style details. The house was originally owned by a pioneer merchant in the City and was later converted to a boarding house for seasonal tourists, typical for the times, the program said. It received a local historic designation in 1994.

A sign in front of the home said it is part of Watergarden Inn at the Bay. Pinellas County property records show it is owned by Raysup LLC and last sold in 2017 for $1.2 million.

Other current projects for St. Petersburg-based JMC Communities are Belleview Place in Belleair and JMC Resort Properties in Clearwater Beach.



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    Wendy Durand

    August 14, 2019at3:24 pm

    Will any of these condos have a water view?

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    S. Rose Smith-Hayes

    August 15, 2019at10:24 pm

    My point again, locals cannot afford to live in the new condos/apartments. They are being built for people that have money to come here. What is being done for those already here?? Affordable housing is needed. 16,000 families need a place to live. Elderly are becoming homeless due to current prices of food, rent and medicine.

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