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New renderings give inside look of 23-story condo development downtown

Veronica Brezina



A rendering of The Nolen. DDA Development.

New renderings released of The Nolen give a first-ever inside look at the 23-story condo development planned for downtown St. Pete. 

The $50 million hi-rise development at 146 4th Ave. Northeast is near North Straub Park and The Vinoy Hotel. It will be on the same site where JMC Communities previously planned The Perry, a 12-story, 20-unit condominium. 

A rendering of the terrace overlooking the amenities of The Nolen. DDA Development.

The Nolen, named after urban planner John Nolen, who has a significant role in St. Pete’s waterfront parks, will offer 31 units, a three-story parking structure, and 1,260 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Each residence is designed to be completely private and separate with no shared neighboring walls, according to a press release. 

A rendering of a bedroom of a unit in The Nolen. DDA Development.

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. 

Bowen Arnold and John Schilling at DDA Development are the developers. The project team also includes Backstreets Capital, Place Architecture and Kippen Communications, all based in St. Pete, as well as Smith & Associates Real Estate.

A rendering of the kitchen in a unit. DDA Development.

Floors five through 15 will have two residential units per floor, and floors 16 through 23 will have one residential unit per floor. Residential parking will offer electric car-charging stations, private garages and storage.

Two months ago, the  St. Pete Development Review Commission approved the site plan to construct the 23-story condominium tower. 

A rendering of the lobby of The Nolen. DDA Development.

Construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2022. Once the group breaks ground, the development is expected to be completed within 18-20 months, subject to sales and permitting. 

Appointments with listing brokerage firm Smith and Associates Real Estate are expected to begin in November.

The three-bedroom residences will start at $1.2 million. 

The initial rendering of The Nolen when it was first announced. DDA Development.

As previously reported, The Nolen will be built where there are two existing structures, one of which is used as a bed and breakfast dubbed the Watergarden Inn at the Bay. 

That structure, which was originally built in 1912 as a residence, will be moved to a vacant lot at the northeast corner of 8th Avenue and Dartmoor Street North. 

The building on the western side of the subject property operates as a hotel, which was also built as a residence. This second structure will be demolished. 

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    Rosalita Perez

    September 28, 2021at8:00 am

    Thanks for pushing us out of our neighborhood 🙁

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    September 28, 2021at1:50 pm

    How the hell did they go from 12 story to 23 story??
    Who’s pockets look fatter in St Pete??
    Are these skyscrapers paying for the burden they are putting on infrastructure?
    What about the Artian wells in down town St Pete?
    What about affordable housing in downtown? Floors 16-23 each floor is one unit!!
    What about greenspace?
    Soon we will change the name to St.Tampa

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    Diana Kane

    September 28, 2021at2:00 pm

    Good bye sunshine in the so-called Sunshine City. 😢

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    September 28, 2021at3:30 pm

    Why is the City allowing one luxury high rise after another to be built, and doing little about affordable housing? The most affordable housing in a development downtown that I’ve seen is 30%, and it’s usually more like 10%, if at all. This is backwards. The City should be incentivizing a larger portion of new units for workers and the poor, instead of the 1%, especially where the development is on property purchased from the City.

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    September 29, 2021at8:36 am

    I’d like to live on Beach Drive, but cannot afford it. The fact that there will be 31 new units downtown adds to the atmosphere. If the builder and city officials are following guidelines, have at it..
    Everyone despises people with money, but everyone aspires to be wealthy. Just sit back and enjoy what the city has become.

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    September 29, 2021at2:33 pm

    Awful. I don’t recognize this city anymore. Another giant disappointment and more concrete to enhance the urban heat island effect.

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