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Sonata Condos Approved for downtown St Petersburg, Florida

Adjacent to our office building, across the alley to the north, the Environmental Development Commission has approved the development plan for the mixed-use development at 232 2nd St N in downtown St. Petersburg.

Many will recognize the old Piano Exchange Building, a Mission style historic structure. After being closed up for years, it is currently being remodelled for a welding company.

Plans call for ground level retail, typical of new developments in downtown St Pete, along with a lobby and service space, topped with four levels of parking. The top of the parking structure will be the private deck and pool for the condos that will rise in a tower in the northwest corner. This is planned to be a 19 story building overall, with 32 condos. The developers say that there will be substantial landscaping around the building with a significant water feature at the base of the tower.

Some residents and groups objected to the demolition, including St Petersburg Preservation, Inc. Nonetheless, the EDC approved the project, including a variance allowing the building to extend up to the property line, but did add a condition that the developers must preserve several murals from the existing building, which were painted by George Hill in the 1930s.

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