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St. Pete’s downtown YMCA to be remade as boutique hotel

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Plans to reinvent the long-shuttered YMCA in downtown St. Petersburg have begun. Owner Nick Ekonomou announced his purchase of the Mediterranean revival-style building in November and is working on the building’s exterior to prevent further damage to the historic structure. The Y is set to become a boutique hotel and event space. Now Ekonomou is making plans to erect another building in between it and the Tampa Bay Times building. He plans a nine-story luxury apartment building complete with a…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 7 – Historic preservation

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Petersburg and came up with a list of the top 10 most interesting happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement, or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 7 – Historic preservation St. Petersburg is home to several historic neighborhoods: Historic Old Northeast, Historic Kenwood, Old Southeast and others. A debate over how to obtain local historic designation in…

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Most St. Petersburg Coliseum windows will be replaced, not restored

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St. Pete will replace most of the aged windows on the historic Coliseum in downtown instead of restoring them. Only windows, including the most historic large window, on the south side of the building will be restored. Windows on the other three sides of the building will be replaced with aluminum clad windows. City Council was expected to approve the window restoration project during its meeting Thursday, but was asked by staff not to take action on the plan because…

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St. Pete City Council sort of approves changes to its local historic designation ordinance … at 1:30 a.m.

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St. Pete City Council narrowly approved an effort to make historic designation of local neighborhoods just a little bit easier, but not before hours of public comment and deliberation. Councilmembers approved changing the current threshold to kick off the process to designate a neighborhood a local historic district from 2/3 of all homeowners to 50 percent plus one of all homeowners. Under the current ordinance those owners who choose not to vote are automatically considered no votes. Supporters of the…

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Emails show overwhelming opposition for loosened historic designation changes

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Things aren’t looking good for preservationists hoping to make it easier for neighborhoods to obtain historic designation. Based on an analysis of nearly 450 emails sent to city staff, Mayor Rick Kriseman and City Council over the past four months, opposition to an effort to change the way historic designation is obtained far exceeds support. Of the emails sent, more than 300 were to voice opposition for an ordinance change that would scale back the current 2/3 vote requirement among…

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St. Pete City Council delays second historic preservation vote

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Changes to St. Pete’s historic designation process are four years in the making and will have to wait just a little while longer. Council members approved on first reading an ordinance that would make it easier for neighborhoods to apply for historic designation, but opted to hear the measure’s second reading at a much later meeting. Rather than scheduling the ordinance’s next stop at its April 16 meeting, council will wait until July 23 in order to give the city’s preservation…

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