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January 2021

Clairmont Development apartment block gets site plan OK in Kent

By Site plan

The site plan for a proposed six-storey apartment block on Franklin Avenue was approved by the Kent Planning Commission on Tuesday evening.

“In fact, it was presented to you before under another developer,” Jen Barone, development engineer for the City of Kent, told the commission.

The proposed building would be located at 227 Franklin Avenue and would consist of 47 units on six floors. It is planned by Clairmont Development with architectural assistance from LDA Architects.

The west and north sides of the building will include balconies, according to Steve Jennings of LDA Architects.

Although the north side will face another six-story building, the balconies there will overlook a courtyard between the buildings, according to the plans.

“I really enjoyed seeing the yard,” Commission member Nick Bellas said. “It seems to be very pleasant for the tenants.”

Commissioner Chris Clevenger-Morris said he was happy with the plan.

“I think the project, overall, looks fantastic,” he said, noting that there were still issues to be resolved regarding color, parking and sewer services.

Commission member Michael Bruder said he did not believe it was necessary to follow the Architectural Review Board’s recommendation to incorporate more reddish brick.

“I’m not in favor of adding the consideration of color to this,” he said. “This historic post office building just across the lane is not reddish. I would consider this requirement an undue burden on the owner, especially when [a certificate of appropriateness] was issued by the ARB.”

Clevenger-Morris said the ARB’s recommendation is a suggestion but is “not absolutely necessary”.

The site plan approval motion was changed to ask for reddish bricks “if desired” rather than “if possible”, leaving more discretion to Clairmont Development.

Although there are still details to be ironed out, Bridget Susel, director of community development, said the plan is well laid out.

“I think it’s a nice project, so I don’t have any negative comments,” she said. “There are some technical challenges, but I’m confident the city and the design engineers will be able to solve them.”

One of the conditions of the 5-0 vote to approve the site plan was the completion of a sanitary sewer study to determine if the existing line could handle the capacity of the additional residential units.

Barone said a sewer survey needs to be carried out to determine if the existing pipe connecting to the main line is adequate, adding that the developer will have to install a larger pipe, if necessary.

Journalist Bob Gaetjens can be reached at [email protected] and @bobgaetjens_rc.

St. Petersburg publishes the development proposals for the Trop site

By Site development

The city of St. Petersburg has released seven proposals for redeveloping the Tropicana Field site that include plans with and without a baseball stadium.

The plans, released late Tuesday afternoon, showcase the green spaces around Brooker Creek and include affordable housing options as the city expands.

Mayor of Saint Petersburg Rick kriseman announced Tuesday morning that the city would publish the advance proposals to redevelop the historic site of Trop.

The announcement came amid the Kriseman news rejected the last proposal of the Tampa Bay Rays for a new stadium on the site of Tropicana Field.

The city has a commentary section on the Web page so that residents can give their opinion on each of the development proposals.

Once Kriseman and his staff review all of the comments received through the webpage, his administration will create a shortlist of proposals, and from there the city will go through another candidate selection process.

The city will review the proposals with 26 professionals, looking at development under the aspects of sustainability, health, public policy, economic development, job creation and equity, especially for the African American community who have been moved with the existing site Too much has been developed.

Here’s a look at what each has to offer:

Downtown development

Midtown Development is a Florida-based company that offers the site as a pedestrian-scale mixed-use neighborhood called “Creekside.”

It seeks to fill the site with office, retail, hotel, civic and residential spaces with “Immediate focus on breaking down the physical and metaphysical barriers that have unfairly deprived the African-American community and the heritage of St. Petersburg,” according to the proposal.

The edge of the stream proposal comprises over 10,000 housing units, of which 1,000 are designated low and middle income residential units and certified green.

The plan also includes the heritage trail, to celebrate and honor the history of the site, as well as a central park near the creek, which would also have a walkway for the water pavilion.

The plan also highlights a plaza as a pedestrian area, filled with greenery and benches, as well as a walking area.

The eastern end of the site would have a commercial development, an innovation campus, and a hotel and conference center. The middle of the site with Booker Creek would be the destination and entertainment hub for the whole city. The west would act as a neighborhood.

The Pinellas County Urban League is part of the development team.

The total cost would vary based on density options determined by square footage. If the city opts for the 10.5 million square feet, the expected cost is $ 2.75 billion and for 14.2 million square feet, $ 3.75 billion.

Portman Holdings, Third Lake Partners

Developers in this group have already completed several developments in St. Petersburg, including ONE St. Pete, a 253-unit, 41-story luxury residential building in the city center.

The proposal Describes accommodations targeted at a variety of family sizes and income levels, including affordable accommodations, as well as a 400-key hotel with 50,000 square feet of meeting space. Regarding residential space, the proposal provides for 3,900 units.

A technology-driven research campus is envisioned to be occupied by a larger user of educational or healthcare institutions to help spur innovation and catalyze local research and development activities.

The site would also create a cultural space and amphitheater to be occupied by museums, arts organizations or other creative users.

This proposal, without the ball park, would cost $ 2.6 billion.

SROA, Holabird & Root, ARGO

This proposal will feature several mixed-use spaces, as well as a tech campus, a baseball museum and an open-air amphitheater.

In terms of housing, the plan includes 50% affordable multi-family apartments and 50% at market rate, or about 2.3 million square feet of apartments, or about 2,100 units.

The proposal includes up to 470,000 square feet of retail space.

The plan includes up to 675,300 square feet of office space to be used for the expansion of successful local businesses in marine and life sciences, financial services, data analytics, specialty manufacturing, creative arts and design.

This plan is estimated at $ 2.67 billion.

Sugar Hill Community Partners, JMA Ventures

This group of developers completed the St. Pete Pier approach.

The proposal set a target of transforming 35 to 40% of the total residential units on the site into affordable housing, and an additional 10 to 15% into workforce housing. It would also designate some of the units available to local artists to offer an “artist in residence” program.

The developers also plan to partner with Three Daughters Brewing and the Florida Brewers Guild to develop a mentorship program to support, educate and empower a local entrepreneur to become one of Florida’s first minority-owned breweries.

Their plan includes a 650,000 square foot convention center and an associated 500 room hotel.

It also has a 500,000 square foot technology campus to provide office, research and creative space for the facility.

It would also include a new park around Booker Creek, which “would be enhanced with public gathering spaces and both passive and active features.” The site would include a “historic walk” to honor the history of the site.

This plan would cost $ 3 billion.

TRS Development Services

This proposal promises that small businesses will make up at least 50% of its retail space.

He plans to create a public recreation area around Brooker Creek.

The development would also include a minimum of 50,000 square feet of conference space attached to a large flagship hotel and would include space for higher education.

This plan would include a community cultural center on the ground floor of the East Hotel, with the aim of educating the community about the history and culture of the city.

The total cost to the city is estimated at $ 475 million. More general costs have not been included in the proposal.

National Development Unicorp

Unicorp plan would create “Petersburg Park”, which would be filled with outdoor and green spaces.

The developers noted that they would offer three months of rent-free occupancy to any small business that moves to Petersburg Park or a new business that chooses to relocate there.

The proposal would create approximately 3,450 units, spread across a variety of housing types such as residential uses above retail and commercial spaces, living and working spaces. About 900 units would be dedicated to affordable housing.

The site would also house 312,000 square feet of retail and lifestyle, 288,000 square feet for higher education, 155,000 square feet of office space and a 66,000 square foot conference center and hotel. of 400 keys.


The developers involved in this proposal have been working with St. Petersburg for almost 15 years.

The proposal projects that 1,286 units, approximately 58% of the total residential units in the plan, would represent affordable housing and labor / multi-family housing.

The residences would be integrated throughout the site, with six plots dedicated to affordable housing occupying the west side and several other mixed-income towers adjacent or to the east.

The plan also includes a hotel and conference space, industrial space for business schools, street-level retail, food and entertainment.

The estimated construction cost is $ 2.42 billion.

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The development of the Oconomowoc Olympia Resort site requires the approval of the TIF district

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The Oconomowoc Joint Council took a step forward on Jan.5 by approving a project plan for the Olympia Fields tax supplemental funding district in a 6-0 vote.

Wangard Partners has proposed a mixed-use development that would include a medical office building, newly created commercial lots and commercial structures, and rehabilitated existing commercial real estate. The development, which will be on the site of the former Olympia Resort and its surroundings, will also include multi-family housing.

In November, council established the boundaries of Olympia Fields, which spans 65.7 acres, and declared the area a devastated district in need of blight elimination strategies. According to city documents, 88% of the plots need to be reinvested and rehabilitated.

The current estimated value of the property in the district is $ 14.35 million.

Bob Duffy, the city’s economic director, said land in the TIF District will be used for public right-of-way, as well as improving water quality for stormwater systems and existing pond.

In a note to the Joint Council and the Planning Commission, Duffy said that an 11.8-acre parcel of Edmund Baysari’s estate is critical to the project, as it serves as a gateway parcel for the entire development zone. Baysari died in September 2018 without a will.

“Based on the issues with an estate and difficulties communicating with landlord representatives, the city may need to pursue the acquisition of the parcel through eminent domain powers,” Duffy said.

Duffy said the estimated additional tax financing investment would be $ 18.7 million.

“Currently, Wangard has indicated his willingness to secure $ 64.5 million in additional new investment,” Duffy said. “The remaining land from the plot acquired by the city is expected to attract $ 13 million, for a total of $ 77.5 million in additional new investment. “

Duffy said the TIF District would be able to recoup the proposed expenses in 20 years.

During the meeting, Ald. Matt Rosek withdrew from the vote because his law firm had an independent business relationship with an entity of Wangard Partners. Ald. Karen Spiegelberg was absent from the meeting.

Over the two to three years it would take to build the project, 1,000 construction jobs would be created and around 550 permanent jobs would be created, between the office building and commercial spaces on the property, the president said. and Wangard COO, Matt Moroney. .

“There are a lot of people in the construction business just waiting to get back to work,” Ald said. John Zapfel. “People will be put to work to build this project.… If we can give the developer reassurance to move forward, we will do good things for the people in our community who are out of work.”

The issue of a TIF district is expected to be considered by the Joint Review Committee on January 20.

Contact Evan Frank at (262) 361-9138 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @Evanfrank_LCP.