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Downtown Largo development moves forward with nod from commission

A rendering of West Bay Lofts, a residential and commercial project planned for the 500 and 600 blocks of West Bay Drive.

City of Largo

A rendering of West Bay Lofts, a residential and commercial project planned for the 500 and 600 blocks of West Bay Drive.

A proposed downtown residential and commercial project took another step forward Tuesday night when Largo commissioners approved the development agreement.

The West Bay Lofts will feature two buildings: one six stories high on the 500 block of West Bay Drive and another three stories high next door on the 600 block, developer Gary Tave said. There will be 124 apartments along with about 40,000 square feet for businesses on the first floor of each building.

Commissioners approved the agreement 6-0, with Mayor Woody Brown abstaining because he owns property across the street from the potential site. Several commissioners said they believe the development will catalyze the area to become the live-work-play haven they’ve envisioned.

“I think it’s exactly what needs to happen down there to start the ball rolling,” Commissioner John Carroll said.

The development will have a parking garage that can hold up to 700 cars, Tave said in an interview. The garage will be robotic, meaning that a driver will pull his or her car up to the garage and a machine will place it in a slot inside. Street and surface level parking will also be available.  

The fate of Barley Mow Brewing Company and Smokin' Rib Shack, both in the development area, also came up during the meeting. Tave said the rib shack owner signed a letter of intent to lease 1,800 square feet in the 600 block building. The brewery owner has not yet expressed his plans, Tave said.

As far as other businesses in the project, Tave said he wants to bring in boutique stores and at least four restaurants.

“We would like to have local businesses in if we can arrange that,” he said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 11:00am]

    

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