Tuesday, September 25, 2018
News Roundup

New Safety Harbor project in negotiations

SAFETY HARBOR — A new multiuse project could be on its way to downtown. At a recent City Commission meeting, city manager Matt Spoor and his staff received approval to move forward on negotiating a development agreement with Bay to Bay Properties, a construction management firm in Safety Harbor. The 1-acre property, currently a vacant lot owned by Safety Harbor Property Holdings, is just north of Main Street at Second Avenue N.

Spoor described the project as ultimately including a three-story commercial building with 18,000 to 22,000 square feet on Main Street and a 24-unit luxury, multifamily structure on the northern end of the property.

Some commissioners voiced concern over the height of the project, including Cliff Merz, who is hesitant to put a three-story residential structure so close to nearby one-story homes. However, current city codes limit building height to 45 feet.

Bay to Bay Properties would use the commercial building for office space, according to Spoor.

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