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Places This Week: Macy’s call center; home, estate sales

Veronica Brezina



Estate at 2608 Driftwood Road S., St. Petersburg.

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A 2,350-square-foot waterfront estate in St. Peterburg’s coveted Driftwood neighborhood has sold for $2.4 million. 

Estate at 2608 Driftwood Road S., St. Petersburg.

The four-bedroom-and-three-bathroom home at 2608 Driftwood Road S. is a 1930s Mark Dixon Dodd-designed home. 

Spanish tile flooring can be seen on the main level along with vaulted beam ceilings. The home has a wood-burning fireplace, large windows and a sunroom overlooking a sizeable yard, according to the listing. 

Estate at 2608 Driftwood Road S., St. Petersburg.

The second level suite includes a gas fireplace, walk-in closet, and double doors leading out to a private balcony. 

Real hardwood is installed across the second level. 

Outside, there’s a new deck overlooking the backyard on the quarter-acre lot, which features a small private beach and dock. 

Estate at 2608 Driftwood Road S., St. Petersburg.

The home last sold in 2014 for $700,000. The owners have made several upgrades to the property. 

Grace Mcdade with Realty One Group Sunshine represented the seller and Mary Zohar with Tampa Bay Luxury Homes Realty LLC represented the buyer. 

The buyer took out a $1.68 million mortgage loan from Central Bank. 


Colliers partners with logistics firm to market former Macy’s call center

Colliers has partnered with LBA Logistics, tied to LBA Realty, on marketing the former Macy’s Credit and Customer Services Center, which will be redeveloped.  

California-based LBA Realty purchased the 34-acre, 645,841-square-foot Clearwater facility last year in a roughly $17.9 million deal from Macy’s Credit and Customer Services Inc.

A rendering of the Clearwater Logistics Center. Image: Colliers and LBA Logistics.

LBA will be redeveloping the property at 13141 34 St. N. into a two-building logistics center totaling 307,400 square feet.

Robyn Hurrell, executive managing director at Colliers, announced the new partnership on LinkedIn. 

The project is dubbed the Clearwater Logistics Center. Building 1 will be 156,300 square feet and Building 2 will be 151, 100 square feet. An Amazon Delivery hub sits adjacent to the site, and it is across from Raymond James’ headquarters.  

A site plan of the Clearwater Logistics Center. Image: Colliers and LBA Logistics.

It’s expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023. 

LBA Realty is the same company that also purchased the Macy’s furniture gallery and warehouse property at 4130 W. Gandy Boulevard in late 2020 for $32 million.  

 The partners at Colliers involved on this project include Hurrell, Pat Marzulli, Oliver de la Croix-Vaubois and Michelle Senner. 


Preleasing kicks off for downtown St. Pete Ascent tower 

Preleasing has recently launched for Ascent St. Petersburg, a luxury 36-story apartment tower at 225 1st Ave. North. 

A leasing center has opened at 212 2nd St. North, which was previously occupied by The Bula Barua Gallery.

Greystar Real Estate Partner is developing the tower that will be the tallest apartment building in downtown St. Petersburg. 

Ongoing construction for Ascent St. Petersburg. Photo by Veronica Brezina.

Construction started in late 2020, and it topped out in April.

At full buildout, Ascent will have 354 market-rate rental units, a 172-key AC Hotel by Marriott hotel and 6,600 square feet of commercial space.

It will include four levels of parking, a sixth-level dock with indoor and outdoor amenities, including a fitness center and pool, and a roof deck and amenity space on top of the residential building, according to the site plan.

The building is scheduled to open in 2023. Residents will start to occupy the tower in early next year. 


Warehouse sells for $4 million

Clearwater-based Wilson and Freeman has sold its 30,329-square-foot warehouse 10855 U.S. Highway 19 N.   

The company sold it for nearly $4 million. 

The buying entity is connected to Yoseph Kotler.  The buyer took out a $2.58 million mortgage loan from Banesco USA. 


New renderings released of restaurant replacing The Melting Pot 

The Madeira Beach-based Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company has released renderings of the new restaurant concept called Sesh that it is opening on 4th Street, the former home of The Melting Pot fondue restaurant. 

A rendering of the new Sesh restaurant. Image: Sesh’s Facebook page.

Mad Beach Craft Brewing purchased the historic Earl Gresh cottage last year for $1.425 million and started construction for the new restaurant called Sesh. The restaurant will occupy the two buildings that are being restored.   

The new renderings of Sesh show tanks in one of the buildings. 

A rendering of the new Sesh restaurant. Image: Sesh’s Facebook page.

It was once a French restaurant called Rollande et Pierre, which had a cuticular bar in the main room.

“We intend to take this original design and tweak it to allow for both inside and outside bar seating,” the post read. 

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