Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Snell Isle mansion sells for $2.6M; will it be a teardown?

ST. PETERSBURG

8,000-square-foot Knowlton house on Snell Isle sells for $2.6 million

A standout home on Snell Isle that hit the market about four years ago with a price tag of $4.5 million has sold. The Knowlton house, designed by William Harvard in 1956, went for $2.6 million this month.

The 8,000-square-foot home at 411 Cordova Blvd. NE was considered quite modern when it was built. It still has striking architectural features such as a dramatic angled roof over an entry courtyard and large, vertical expanses of glass that reflect the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright. As one of the first homes in the city to be built with steel framing, some thought it was a shopping center when it was under construction.

Real estate agent Alona Dishy represented the sellers, family of the late John Knowlton. At one point after she took the property over from the original listing agents, Dishy marketed it as three separate lots. Potential buyers could have torn the home down, but the local couple who bought it plan to keep it and renovate, said Judy Anderson, the Re/Max Action First agent representing the buyers.

"They love the home and want to keep it," Anderson said. "They are working with their designer to make it (certified by the U.S. Green Building Council) using renewable energy and green resources."

Dowdy Optical closes after 66 years

After 66 years in business, Dowdy Optical has closed. Customers who have received eye exams, glasses and contacts at the store at 1115 62nd Ave. N for years are lamenting the fact that they will have to go elsewhere.

Jane Dowdy Perkinson, daughter of the company's founder, Ken Dowdy, ran the business with her husband, Lee Perkinson.

Ken Dowdy was one of the city's first opticians and opened Dowdy Optical in the old Florida Power Building at Fifth Street and First Avenue S in 1937. When he died in 1997 there were three stores, at 152 Beach Drive NE, 6125 Ninth Ave. N and 4582 28th St. N.

Family Dollar coming to Fourth Street S

A Family Dollar is in the works at the southwest corner of Fourth Street and 17th Avenue S. The Charlotte, N.C., retailer bought the vacant land in October for $475,000.

Family Dollar is a small-format retailer with consumable products, food, toys, home decor and apparel for men, women and children.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff

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