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650 concrete trucks will descend on downtown St. Petersburg. Here’s why.

They’ll pour more than 2 million pounds of concrete over 24 hours.
 
A cyclists rides along the street as construction continues at The Residences 400 Central Wednesday, April 26, 2023 in St. Petersburg.
A cyclists rides along the street as construction continues at The Residences 400 Central Wednesday, April 26, 2023 in St. Petersburg. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published May 10, 2023|Updated May 12, 2023

Starting Friday night around 9 p.m., 650 concrete trucks will drive into downtown St. Petersburg to begin pouring the foundation for the Residences at 400 Central.

The 46-story condominium and office tower from Red Apple Real Estate is set to be the tallest building on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Work continues at The Residences 400 Central Wednesday, April 26, 2023 in St. Petersburg. Many area businesses and restaurants have been dealing with issues due to the constant construction in the downtown St. Petersburg area.
Work continues at The Residences 400 Central Wednesday, April 26, 2023 in St. Petersburg. Many area businesses and restaurants have been dealing with issues due to the constant construction in the downtown St. Petersburg area. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]

According to a news release from the developer and the general contractor, Suffolk Construction, crews will pour more than 2 million pounds of concrete. The foundation will be reinforced by more than 5 million pounds of steel.

The process will take between 20 and 24 hours.

According to the release, it will be one of the largest concrete pours in the city’s history, second only to the construction of the St. Pete Pier.

“This is an exciting step in the construction of this wonderful project,” said John Catsimatidis Sr., founder of Red Apple Real Estate. “We are grateful for the expert staff at the City of St. Petersburg who helped to coordinate the foundation pour. We are moving quickly to build this condominium and deliver homes to all of the current and future purchasers that are buying residences in this wonderful city.”

Once completed, the Residences at 400 Central will feature 301 condos and an observation deck on the 46th floor.

A rendering shows the observation deck on the top floor of the 400 Central tower in downtown St. Petersburg.
A rendering shows the observation deck on the top floor of the 400 Central tower in downtown St. Petersburg. [ Courtesy of Red Apple Real Estate ]