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New proposed market-rate apartments for downtown St. Pete move forward

Veronica Brezina

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The St. Pete Community Redevelopment Agency recently approved a $1.65 million project that would bring new market-rate apartments to downtown.

Earlier this month, the CRA unanimously approved a 12-unit multi-family building at the southwest corner of 3rd Ave. South and 7th Street, which is currently a vacant site.

The project would be developed by Brad Campbell, president of Campbell Custom Development in Tampa. He purchased the property within the Intown West Redevelopment Area, which promotes development near the Tropicana Field Stadium, last year.

“This is exactly what you want with infill development. It’s not tearing down anything historic, and it’s contributing to the neighborhood. This lot has been vacant for far too long, and I’m excited about the development,” St. Pete City Councilman Robert Blackmon said.

The ground floor of the building will consist of two entry lobbies and four residential units. The second and third floors will have four dwelling units per floor. Pedestrian access to the building will be from the public sidewalk along 3rd Avenue South, according to city documents.

Parking is typically an issue to address with new construction in St. Pete. However, no parking is required for the proposed project since the dwelling units are less than 750 square feet in area.

Construction will begin this year; the aim is to complete the project in 2022.

The proposed architecture of the building would be designed by Safety Harbor-based BSB Design. The exterior of the building will be finished with brick along the ground floor, and stucco on the upper two floors.

Campbell is also developing a 25-unit apartment complex at 357 5th Street South.

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8 Comments

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    Brad Banks

    June 21, 2021at3:26 pm

    So 12 living units and no parking required. Yet when I wanted to build a 500 square-foot mother-in-law apartment for my 89-year-old mother who hasn’t driven in many many years zoning made me provide an extra parking spot on my land. And if you ad a 100 square-foot bedroom to your house zoning will force you to also find room for an extra parking spot. Just another example of wealthy developers not having to jump through the same hoops as the rest of us common citizens.

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    Krystal

    June 21, 2021at4:56 pm

    I agree. I have a 76yr old lady next door, with no driveway. Once a week the city comes and make her move her car off the grass. Jas imposed ridiculous fines as well. Yet an apartment building will be built with no proposed or planned parking.

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    Valerie Hyman

    June 21, 2021at5:02 pm

    How much is “market rate?” Please figure it for a two-income family, each making $12/hour. Thanks.

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    Lisa A schiffer

    June 21, 2021at6:09 pm

    I agree whole heartly..I actually rent an apartment on MLK N near 22nd N luckily only one other person out of the 14 units drive. Our apartments are less than 500 sqft..(would love to live in the in law quarters CCMA and I do Hospice) It is wrong with all the places opening or the individuals working that have to run out and put money in the meter while trying to make a living.

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    Fred Sechan

    June 21, 2021at7:40 pm

    How does allowing no parking in the design of the building make any sense at all? Is everyone supposed to commute by electric scooters? If this is how the infill market rate apartments will be developed I see big problems ahead. Is the CRA implying that no one living in an apartment smaller than 750 square feet owns a vehicle? Seems ludicrous.

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    Common citizen

    June 21, 2021at9:25 pm

    Agree how much this city has sold-out to wealthy developers. Yet I am still wondering where we are seeing the benefits of all the supposed property tax revenues that this has supposedly brought in. Certainly not going to our school systems. I guess if you also give them tax breaks, the common citizens pay yet again.

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    Cynthia Adams

    June 28, 2021at8:30 pm

    What about low in come apartments for poor people who can not afford
    high price rentals and help the homeless too

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    Karen Kirkpatrick

    July 11, 2021at8:25 pm

    Mayor Rick Kriseman and the current St. Petersburg City Council have signed off on over 2000 building permits with only two being for low-income housing. They could not care less about the citizens of St. Petersburg who have lived here for years and now can no longer afford to stay.

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