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Places This Week: Urgent care replaces Pier 1; New Central project breaks ground

Veronica Brezina



The Pier 1 Imports store on 4th Street. Image: GoogleMaps

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Pier 1 Imports store to become an urgent care center 

The former Pier 1 Imports store at 4949 4th St. N. in St. Petersburg will become one of Tampa General Hospital’s urgent care centers. 

A sign now stands in front of the store in the shopping strip: A TGH Urgent Care by Fast Track is “coming soon.” 

The Pier 1 Imports facility closed as part of the Texas-based retailer’s plans to shutter all of its 540 stores. 

TGH and Fast Track Urgent Care launched their joint partnership in 2019 to provide medical care at multiple locations throughout Tampa Bay, including Pinellas County. The 50-50 partnership between TGH and Fast Track marked the first time Tampa General has offered freestanding clinical care in Pinellas.

An exact opening date of the urgent care has not been disclosed. 

The urgent care centers treat coughs, ear infections, colds, burns, fractures and provide drug screening, x-rays, vaccinations and more. 


Construction starts on 2700 Central project 

Construction has begun on a new modern luxury residential project with lofts in the Grand Central District. 

Rendering of the 2700 Central project. Barkett Realty.

The project is dubbed 2700 Central, named after its location on Central Avenue and 27th Street; it will have 2,100 square feet of living space and 2,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space that will front Central.

The project is being developed by MTB Urban, a sister company of Modern Tampa Bay Homes. The group has partnered with John Barkett of Barkett Realty on selling the units. 

A rendering of the kitchen in a unit of the 2700 Central development. Barkett Realty.

The loft homes start at $825,000.  

The three-bedroom homes range between 2,500 and 4,500 square feet. Inside the residential units, there will be a floating staircase, private elevators, ceiling-height sliding glass doors, a kitchen with quartz, granite and marble countertop options, Bosch appliances and European custom cabinets. 

Construction for 2700 Central is scheduled to be completed in 2023.


Sprouts and At Home store coming to Kenneth City

Atlanta-based Fuqua Development, known for its metro Atlanta mixed-use projects, recently purchased the Kmart store at 4501 66th St. N., Kenneth City. 

Fuqua Development purchased the 120,620-square-foot vacant retail box from Seritage Growth Properties in a $6 million deal and took out a roughly $3.176 million loan from Georgia Banking Company for the purchase.

The site plan for the redevelopment of the shopping center in Kenneth City. Image: Southwest Florida Water Management District documents

After the purchase in December, Fuqua Development told the St. Pete Catalyst it was planning to bring a Sprouts grocery store and an At Home store, which sells home decor, to the plaza. 

Plans filed with the Southwest Florida Water Management District published this week show the Sprouts would be 23,256 square feet while the At Home retailer would occupy 88,410 square feet. 


Condo sales start for Orange Station project 

The development group behind the Orange Station at the Edge project has released new renderings of the residential units in the mixed-use development and said it has officially kicked off sales. 

A rendering of the planned Orange Station at the Edge project. All images provided by Edge Central Development Partners.

The project is being built on the site that housed the former St. Pete Police Department headquarters at 1301 Central Ave., which has now been completely demolished, allowing construction to start. 

The entire mixed-use development entails constructing five buildings that will create 103 residential units including workforce housing units, 50,000 square feet of office space, 21,400 square feet of commercial space and a 600-space parking garage for public and private use. 

The development team for the project is being led by Edge Central Development Partners, a joint venture group involving St. Petersburg-based J Square, Tampa-based DDA Development and Backstreets Capital. 

The highlight of the project is the 16-story tower with 61 condominiums dubbed The Residences at Orange Station. 

The pricing for the upscale units starts in the $700,000s. 

The phased project is expected to be completed by 2024.  

The sales office is led by Smith and Associates. Wendy Giffin with Cushman and Wakefield will manage the office leasing, and Michael Marini with SiteWorks Retail Real Estate will oversee retail leasing.


‘Little Couple’ stars sell their St. Pete home 

Dr. Jen Arnold and her husband Bill Klein have sold their Snell Isle estate as Arnold has accepted a new job in Boston. 

The reality TV stars from TLC’s docu-drama The Little Couple sold their 5,441-square-foot home at 635 34th Ave. NE in a $3.64 million deal. 

The estate at 635 34th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. GoogleMaps.

Arnold and Kelin bought the home in 2017 for $2.1 million, when Arnold accepted the role to serve as the medical director of Johns Hopkins All Children’s simulation center in St. Petersburg. Arnold has deep roots in St. Petersburg – she was born in St. Anthony’s Hospital and grew up in the city. 

However, several months ago, Arnold started a new role as the director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s simulator program as well as a position on Harvard’s staff as part of the institution’s medical school teaching hospital. 

The three-story St. Pete estate, built in 2005, features six bedrooms, four-and-a-half-bathrooms and boasts views of the Vinoy golf course, downtown St. Petersburg and the Smacks Bayou.

Outside, there’s a heated saltwater pool, a built-in fire pit, a boat dock and a four-car garage. 

Nikki Pagano with Douglas Elliman-St. Petersburg represented the sellers. Brianna Morin with Dalton Wade Inc. represented the buyers, who wished not to be named. 

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