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Plans for refreshed Orange Station project move forward

Veronica Brezina

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A new rendering of Orange Station, which will now house office space and be 16 stories. The photo is courtesy of Kippen Communications.

The St. Petersburg Development Review Commission greenlighted the newly revised plan for the Orange Station mixed-use development. 

The commission approved the site plan and variances for the 16-story building during a meeting on Wednesday. Edge Central Development Partners, a joint venture group involving St. Petersburg-based J Square, Tampa-based DDA Development, and others are behind the Orange Station at the Edge project development that will be at the site of the old St. Petersburg Police headquarters. 

The developers announced more details on the demolition following the approval of the site plan and variances. 

A rendering of the project from a southwest angle. City of St. Petersburg documents.

The project entails creating five buildings that will include a total of 103 residential units, up to 106,000 square feet of office space, 21,400 square feet of commercial space and a 590-space parking garage for public and private use. 

The condos, called The Residences at Orange Station will feature one, two and three-bedroom units.  

The first 16-story building will be located on the southwest corner and will have:

  • 9,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial and residential space
  • 50,000 square feet of office space that will be on floors two through five
  • 61 residential units on floors six through 16  

 

A rendering of the WYE apartment complex. Courtesy of J square.

The second seven-story building on the northwest corner will have: 

  • 4,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial and residential space along Central Avenue and 1st Avenue N. 
  • 42 workforce housing units on floors two through seven. The workforce housing building will be called WYE (pronounced Y). The name is a nod to the railroad junction and follows the project’s railroad theme celebrating the important history of this part of St Pete.

The third building will be on the southeast corner and will be a one-story building for future commercial development, which could be operated by a restaurant. The fourth building will be the five-story parking garage, and the fifth building would be a potential office building on the northeast corner. 

The original lease and development agreement, approved last year, called for a minimum of 100,000 square feet of Class A office space, at least 56 market-rate condos and 30 workforce-rate rental apartments, 22,000 square feet of retail and a 600-car parking garage. 

A rendering of the one-story building. City of St. Petersburg documents.

The freestanding Class A office building was slated to be developed on the northeast pad; however, the pandemic has altered plans as many companies can’t predict the future of the workforce and office needs. 

The group said it was also a challenge to construct such a large building without first securing an anchor tenant.  

The initial 56 planned units will also now be 61 for-sale condos and 42 workforce apartments.

The square footage for the condos ranges from 1,150 to 1,800 square feet. The penthouse level will feature three units between 1,800 to 2,400 square feet. 

Orange Station will encircle a new public plaza with outdoor cafes, and will serve as a Sunrunnerrapid transit line station.  The project will also be home to a public art tribute to “The Courageous 12,” the 12 Black St. Petersburg police officers who successfully sued the city in the 1960s to gain the same rights as their white counterparts, according to the developers. 

Groundbreaking for the new build is slated for June 2022. 

A sales office, led by Smith & Associates, is expected to open by the end of the year with contracts available in early 2022.

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    Ray

    October 6, 2021at7:39 pm

    Fantastic mixed-use plan by local developers, brings much needed, cannot start construction soon enough. Another office tower on NE build pad will cap this project wonderfully. Thanks to all involve. Love density spreading inland.

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