Downtown to add 34 luxury townhomes
A slice of land on the north side of downtown, between Central Avenue and Mirror Lake, is the latest site for another hip-looking residential project.
The Arlington St. Pete will have 34 luxury townhomes from 1,700 to 2,100 square feet with prices starting at $290,000. Ground work has started on the site at the corner of Eighth Street and Arlington Avenue N.
Icon Real Estate Ventures, led by Michael Bednarski of Largo, is the project's developer. Another entity he manages paid $1.1 million for the vacant land in April. The previous owner, Oryx Development of Austin, Texas, bought the property for $280,000 from a bank in 2011.
Crestview Realty Group will market the homes, which will be built by Peregrine Custom Homes of Lakewood Ranch and designed by BDG Architects of Tampa. The architectural firm has shown a flair for sleek, modern design with the Birchwood Inn and the Epicurian in South Tampa.
The Arlington will include rooftop balconies on each unit. Interiors will feature 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, glass tile backsplash in the kitchens and glass wall showers in the bathrooms.
District hosting car show
The new Skyway Marina District Business Association will hold a free Cruise-in & Car Show, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at the Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th St. S.
The show will feature antique, classic, hot rod, custom, and exotic cars and trucks, along with food trucks, cold beverages, music and offers from district businesses.
It is the first in a series of events to promote the district, which stretches along 34th Street from 30th to 54th avenues S. Plans for the Skyway Marina District call for attracting new businesses, residents, jobs and visitors. The Cruise-in & Car Show will continue to be held the last Saturday of every month. Call Christopher Breton, (727) 490-2000, ext. 7026.
Seat 5 gets second candidate
City officials have determined that Donna Holck has qualified to run against longtime council member Harriet Crozier for Seat 5 on the City Commission. Holck, owner of DJH Tax Consulting, turned in her documents just before 5 p.m. Aug. 15, the close of qualifying, and it took time to check her information.
That gives Largo voters a choice of candidates for three of the seven commission seats in the Nov. 4 general election.
Incumbent Michael Smith, a librarian, is running for Seat 1 and is being challenged by Bronson Oudshoff, making his first run. Two newcomers are running for Seat 2: Samantha Fenger is a former community outreach coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County and has served on Largo's Community Development Advisory Board. Daniel Ruffner is a vice president at BB&T Bank and a member of the Code Enforcement Board.
Elected when no one stepped up to oppose them were Woody Brown and John Carroll. Brown, a chiropractor, will be Largo's next mayor. Carroll, the city's former police chief, will fill the seat vacated by Brown.
Edmunds delays retirement
City Manager Frank Edmunds agreed to postpone his retirement until August 2015 in a recent council meeting. In return, City Council members offered to give him more vacation time. Council members and Edmunds are negotiating the details of that offer, Mayor Leslie Waters said Monday. Edmunds and Waters both said they've agreed on one item: Edmunds cannot accrue and cash in any of the extra time he does not take before he finally retires.
The offer of extra vacation time was the idea of council member Thom Barnhorn and agreed upon by the other five council members who attended the meeting. Absent was Patricia Plantamura, a longtime critic of Edmunds. Plantamura, in a news release, said she was out of town because of work-related business.
Zoning change helps project
Council members here have approved a zoning change that will clear the way for a 20-lot, single-family subdivision to be built on about 4.5 acres of land at 9200 49th St. N.
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P.J.'s moves to bigger digs
One seemingly small step for P.J.'s Oyster Bar is actually a giant leap for the seafood restaurant. The owners have moved across the street from a facility that was leased for 29 years into a newly renovated, former bank building at 415 Second St.
"We wanted to have a building of our own and they didn't want to sell it," said co-owner Daniel Godfrey referring to the former location at 500 First St. "The room for dining inside is about the same. What we really gain is the patio outside, and there's an outside bar."
Godfrey's mother, Bama Palmer, bought P.J.'s in 2009. On the side of the new location, they painted a mural of the original restaurant. Another mural features the restaurant's namesake, P.J. the parrot. According to Godfrey, P.J. is about 35 years old.
Staff writers Katherine Snow Smith and Anne Lindberg contributed to this report.