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Seven developers want to build on former St. Petersburg police station property

The old St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters building. The city solicited proposals for ways to redevelop the two-acre property. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Published May 10

ST. PETERSBURG — City officials received seven proposals to redevelop the former police station headquarters, which is being vacated as the department moves into its new station across the street.

Details of the proposals, which were due by 10 a.m. Friday, were not released, though officials provided the names of the developers.

The old station, which sits on 2 acres between Central Avenue and First Avenue N on the west side of 13th Street, is actually two buildings. It housed the city's police force for decades; the older structure was built in 1951, and the newer building was added in 1978.

Whatever's built there will likely contribute to the explosion of the Edge District — an area that has attracted investment from restaurateurs and hoteliers and is tugging the density of downtown west — and could complement the anticipated bombshell development on the Tropicana Field property.

In land deals like this one, the city will typically own the land during construction and then offer the developer a chance to buy it, according to St. Petersburg spokesman Ben Kirby. Or there could be a long-term lease. He said the details could be different in each proposal.

Some proposals came from developers who already have local ties:

• Indianapolis-based Milhaus Development is already working on a $50 million, six-story, 251-unit apartment building a few blocks away, on the corner of Central Avenue and 16th Street.

• Altis Cardinal, a Miami developer, has invested heavily along the 34th Street corridor and is building apartments on the edge of Historic Kenwood.

• John W. Stadler, a St. Petersburg-based developer, said he's behind the ICON Central building on Central Avenue between Eighth and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

• Mihir Taneja, of Waverly Capital LLC, is a member of the Taneja family, owners of a Largo-based pharmaceutical firm. The family is the major donor behind The Taneja Center for Innovative Surgery, a $256 million expansion under way at Florida Hospital.

• J Square Developers is based in St. Petersburg and has developed residential and retail centers in the area, including the city's Trader Joe's, according to its website. Founder Jay Miller donated toward the Janet Echelman net sculpture that will drape near the St. Pete Pier.

• Harrod Properties, which has offices in Dallas and Tampa, specializes in healthcare, corporate and industrial developments, according to its website. The company also manages properties across the Tampa Bay area.

• The seventh developer to submit plans is Midtown Real Estate 1 FLP.

Times Senior News Researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Contact Josh Solomon at (813) 909-4613 or jsolomon@tampabay.com. Follow @ByJoshSolomon. Contact Kavitha Surana at (727) 893-8149 or ksurana@tampabay.com. Follow @Ksurana6.

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