St. Pete City Council has given the go ahead for a high-rise condo just off Beach Drive. During a meeting Thursday, council members voted 7-1 to let the 18-story tower go up in the 100 block of Fourth Avenue Northeast.
The vote hinged on whether or not the building could include a car elevator that may have not been permitted under current city ordinance.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the developer, Brian Taub, planned to use the vehicle elevator for residents in the 30-unit building but other nearby condo-dwellers were concerned the new Bliss residents would block the alley way waiting to park.
Supporters of the project argued those naysayers were more worried about their views of Tampa Bay being inhibited.
The Times reports Taub has sold 21 of the 30 units in Bliss already, but those sales were in jeopardy if the project had been further delayed. The contracts with buyers expire next month.
The approval came via two votes – one for the change to the parking garage rules and the other approving the project in general.