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St. Petersburg’s Sundial getting a Station House co-working and event space

The project is going on the second level next to Ruth’s Chris Steak House and is expected to be open later this year.
Station House opened in St. Petersburg two years ago. It will soon have an annex location at Sundial. [Times (2016)]

ST. PETERSBURG — Not only will the revamped Sundial have a food hall, but now its owner plans to add a coworking and event space, too.

A few months after Sundial announced it would be replacing Locale Market and FarmTable Cucina with a food hall by the creators of Armature Works, the outdoor mall has attracted another local entrepreneur. Founder of coworking spaces Station House and Hyde House, Steve Gianfilippo, will now create his third “House” business on Sundial’s second floor.

The new coworking business will be 8,300 square feet and take over a vacant space that had been used for storage since former Rowdies owner Bill Edwards purchased the mall in 2011.

“When I developed Sundial, I envisioned it being a hub for the community,” Edwards said in a statement. “A place where people could come to meet one another, work, eat, shop and play. This new project will be just that — an epicenter for business professionals to come together to work and an environment perfect for all kinds of events.”

Related: New food hall at Sundial will replace Locale Market and stores

Station House opened in St. Petersburg in 2016 and its sister location Hyde House opened in South Tampa’s Hyde Park Village in November. The Sundial location will be about a third of the size of its existing locations.

Gianfilippo described the new location as “an annex location of Station House.” He said it will offer members and non-members another convenient space to work or hold events.

“Our model thrives with the surroundings, so planted in the heart of Sundial, neighboring the creators of Armature Works, is a win-win for us,” Gianfilippo said in a statement.

Edwards bought Sundial for $5.2 million when it was still known as struggling mall “BayWalk” nearly a decade ago.

The new coworking space will be next to Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Sundial said it plans to complete the project within the calendar year and that surrounding tenants will remain open during construction.