Efforts to kick-start redevelopment in south St. Petersburg’s Skyway Marina District are paying off, say district officials.
Its first major development, a multi-use complex with apartments, retail space and restaurants has been launched, and the totally rebuilt Publix supermarket anchoring the southern end of the district is set to reopen on December 1.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time,” Keri Melshenker, executive director of the Skyway Marina District, said Monday, November 21. “I feel all the work we’ve been putting in the last two years is finally coming to fruition – it’s all coming together.”
On November 8, Tampa-based national developer Phillips Development & Realty formally unveiled plans for a $70 million project on an empty nine-acre site owned by Home Depot at 30th Avenue S. and 34th Street S. The proposal includes some 300 market-rate apartments tailored to millennials and active retirees and 25,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, according to news reports.
The site plan has been submitted to the city of St. Petersburg, and if approved, work will begin in late spring or early summer next year, reports said.
An artist’s drawing of the project shows gardens and courtyards, a volleyball court, a pool, a “lazy river” water feature, and four-story storage facility and four-story, 500-space parking deck.
The old Publix anchoring the Bay Pointe Plaza shopping center at 5001-5295 34th St. S. has been completely demolished and rebuilt this year and the other businesses in the plaza remodeled to create a uniform look. A new Pet Supermarket chain store was also added to the mall’s occupants. It held its soft opening on Thursday, November 17 and employs 10 people, according to assistant manager Erin Davis.
Melshenker said a new chiropractor would be opening next month in the Marina Village mall at 4701 – 4949 34th St. S. and a new sushi restaurant was expected to move in to Bay Pointe Plaza at a yet-to-be determined date.
Since 2014 city officials have actively pushed to draw new employers and businesses to the one-and-a-half-mile stretch of 34th Street S. between 30th and 54th avenues, touting its proximity to the beaches, downtown, and upscale communities such as Broadwater, Maximo Marina, the Bayway area and Tierra Verde.
“I think the rush is going to start to this area,” Melshenker said. “The Phillips Development property is really bringing attention to this area and all its positive attributes.”