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Redevelopment gains momentum in Skyway Marina District

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Development of a long-neglected tract of land in south St. Petersburg is closer to reality as a Tampa developer closes on the first construction project in the Skyway Marina District. Phillips Development and Realty LLC has secured its first construction loan, just over $11 million, for a 100,000-square foot self-storage facility on the former Home Depot site at U.S. Highway 19 and 30th Avenue South. In 2007, Home Depot paid $6.5 million for the land, demolishing the Suncoast Resort Hotel…

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Phillips Development and Realty closes on $70M Skyway Marina project

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Phillips Development and Realty, LLC (PDR), a Tampa-based development firm, has officially closed Wednesday on over 9 acres of prime real estate in St. Petersburg’s Skyway Marina District. The proposed 300+ unit multi-family, mixed-use development will be the first of its kind in this area. The land, once owned by The Home Depot, has sat empty for years. Its potential is what has drawn Donald Phillips, managing director of PDR, to this land. “It is areas like this that we…

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Skyway Marina District leaders want $5,000 for design plan development

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St. Pete City Council’s Public Services and Infrastructure committee will discuss a potential $5,000 grant to the Skyway Marina District for design plan development services next week. The board is expected to fast track a decision. Steve Kornell, whose City Council district includes Skyway Marina, brought the item before full council at its regular meeting Thursday. The small appropriation is intended to allow the Skyway Marina District board to hire a consultant to develop a design plan for the corridor.…

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St. Pete Chamber of Commerce celebrates 2015 as year of successes, looks to 2016

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The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a productive 2015 during its annual meeting Thursday night at Mahaffey Theater. Batons were passed. Backs were patted. New ideas were shared. The meeting hosted more than 1,000 Chamber members in an ornate format. The stage was set with LED illuminated podiums and laser light blocks on each side with a giant screen zoomed in on 2015 Chamber Chairman Bill Ulbricht as he handed the gavel over to his successor, Greg Holden. “In…

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Despite lackluster opposition, Steve Kornell holds no punches for re-election bid

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St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell hosted more than 50 supporters for a campaign kickoff party Wednesday night at the Magnuson Hotel near the Skyway Bridge. Kornell is facing re-election against challenger Phillip Garrett November 3. Though Kornell is considered a shoo-in for re-election against the relatively no-name candidate, Kornell isn’t taking any chances. He’s raced more than $30,000 compared to Garrett, who hasn’t raised a cent. Kornell presented his priorities to supporters over snacks and drinks in the…

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Jabil to move technology operations to Ceridian complex

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St. Pete-based Jabil Circuit will be moving part of its technology operations to the Ceridian building on 34 Street South in the Skyway Marina District. The bulk of operations will remain at its North St. Pete headquarters for now, despite rumors the company could be planning an entire move. According to St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell, who represents that district, the tech giant is entering into a short- term lease that will be at least three years and…

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Skyway Marina District in line for some pro-development zoning changes

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St. Pete City Council is set to vote on a matter that would pave the way for large-scale developments in the Skyway Marina District. The area encompasses more than 250 acres from 30 Ave. South to 54 Ave. South and East and West of 34 Street. Council will vote on changes pertaining to future land use maps and zoning. The changes are intended to encourage things like larger housing developments whose opening could spur population growth and economic development opportunities.…

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