New 'Lens' Pier info to be released today

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Updated and more detailed plans of the “Lens” pier are scheduled to be released Monday on the city’s website. No specific time was given for its release Monday, reports William Mansell of Patch.

The new information will include updated programming, measurements and overall design.

What Monday’s released information will not include are several new renderings of the “Lens”. Those will be released during a City Council pier workshop on Dec. 4.

In September an updated Lens design was presented. Michael Maltzan Architecture said the design was adapted after public input. Changes to the design include adding additional shade structures along the pier approach, more dinning options over the water including an event space at the end of the rebuilt pier.

One significant change was the shifting of the “Hub” of the Lens. Originally, the Hub was positioned directly in front of the Lens. Now, it has been moved south to allow better views of the pier and the bay.

Since September, local architect Lisa Wannemacher has been continuing to meet with neighborhood associations and the public to gather more input on the design while the Maltzan team has continued to refine the “Lens.”

On Dec. 4, that work will be presented to council at City Hall.

The day after council’s workshop on the new pier, the city will go to court for a lawsuit regarding the existing St. Petersburg Pier. The Dec. 5 scheduled court hearing is regarding the council’s vote not to proceed with a public referendum on the future of the St. Petersburg Pier.

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