• Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

Companies working round development in downtown St. Pete


May 26, 2023

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As St. Petersburg continues to welcome in builders, development websites are getting in the way in which of residents, guests and companies.

What You Want To Know

  • A number of development initiatives proceed to have an effect on residents, guests and companies in downtown St. Petersburg
  • Earlier this week, builders, development corporations and enterprise homeowners met to seek out options to the continued development
  • Some companies say development is impeding enterprise, whereas others are hopeful extra growth will likely be good for enterprise
  • St. Pete issued a file variety of permits within the final fiscal 12 months, in line with metropolis knowledge

Some enterprise homeowners stated they’re rising annoyed with points like blocked sidewalks and parking, whereas others are trying ahead to the upper foot visitors new growth will usher in.

Earlier this week, the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership introduced builders, development corporations and enterprise homeowners collectively to search for options to the continued development. The CEO of the group stated the assembly was constructive and that every one facet agreed they should discover a steadiness between town’s development and preserving small companies.

For the previous 20 years, Melissa Griffith has been working her jewellery restore retailer, Lightning Quick Jewellery Restore, out of St. Pete. Over that point, she’s watched town develop and alter. 

“It was a quaint downtown,” Griffith stated. “It’s not quaint anymore. It’s very vibrant, very full of life and a bit little bit of a bit New York Metropolis is what I really feel typically once I stroll down in the direction of all these tall buildings.”

Metropolis knowledge exhibits St. Petersburg issued a file variety of permits over the past fiscal 12 months, bringing greater than $1 billion in development worth. As extra builders are available in to downtown, Griffith stated parking continues to be a difficulty.

“I hear it day-after-day from my purchasers. ‘I can’t hardly discover a spot to park,’” she stated. “I even allow them to park within the loading zone simply to drop off and I’ll run out to your automotive for those who name me. I’ve run out to the automotive and picked up issues, rolled up envelopes for my purchasers. So I do know it’s troublesome.”

Different companies stated development is slowing down foot visitors due to sidewalk closures and the dearth of parking. Some are even contemplating transferring out of the world. Whereas Griffith stated there are some unfavorable impacts from growth, she believes it’s going to finally be good for enterprise.

“The each day walk-ins it’s up,” Griffith stated. “And the development staff put on jewellery and watches too, so I get enterprise from them and I respect them. You understand, it’s troublesome, however that’s the pains of rising, that’s what it’s all about.”

One resolution enterprise homeowners and builders agreed on throughout their assembly is that there’s a want for extra advertising and signage at every block to let folks know there are companies in constuction areas and which of them are open.