Your ideas sought for favorite older rehabbed building
Do you have a favorite rehabbed older building in town?
St. Petersburg Preservation Inc. is taking nominations on such buildings and those who repair them for a historic preservation award.
SPPI is looking for suggestions on structures, people, or groups to receive one of its 2008 Preservation Awards.
Home or business owners can nominate their own properties.
The deadline is April 25 and the honors will come May 19 at a 7 p.m. ceremony at Studio@620, 620 Central Ave.
Nomination instructions are available on SPPI's Web site, stpetepreservation.org or by calling Peter Belmont, awards program chairman, at 463-4612.
Hotel lines up art for
2010 grand opening
Though it is still several months from its groundbreaking, the Grand Bohemian Hotel & Residences already has art lined up. Developer Richard Kessler has commissioned surrealist Jeffrey Batchelor to paint four works for the property slated to rise at Second Street and First Avenue N.
The four pieces, collectively titled Four Seasons, are already completed and awaiting the 32-story hotel's projected 2010 opening, said Kessler spokeswoman Mary Kenny.
Kessler is an avid art collector and incorporates his collection in his hotels.
Kessler is also awaiting delivery of Asian sculptures that will be installed in a rooftop garden on the 292-room hotel that will also have 22 condominiums on the upper floors.
For more information, visit GrandBohemianResidences.com or call 821-4530.