Most of us consider Station Home St. Petersburg as an workplace, coworking and occasion house.
However the constructing, at 260 1st Ave. S., was constructed greater than 100 years in the past as a warehouse to serve the Orange Belt Railway, at a time when trains have been widespread in downtown St. Pete.
That pedigree was outstanding as town’s Neighborhood Planning and Preservation Fee voted unanimously to suggest designating the construction a neighborhood historic landmark to be listed within the St. Petersburg Register of Historic Locations.
The fee really helpful the identical designation for Coronet 300, a 10-story condominium constructing at 300 Central Ave. that shares possession with Station Home, and for the Smalley-Inexperienced Auto Constructing at 1180 Central Ave., the property that now homes Bodega.
The buildings’ house owners requested for the designations, which can permit them to pursue adaptive reuse, sure tax credit and exemptions, and variances, based on a report from town’s employees to the fee. Will probably be as much as the St. Petersburg Metropolis Council make a closing willpower after a public listening to.
Steve Gianfilippo, who owns Station Home and Coronet 300, beforehand gained native historic landmark designation for one more property he owns, the Inexperienced-Richman Arcade at 689 Central Ave.
“The town has an identical grant program we used for enhancements on the Arcade constructing. We made enhancements to the HVAC, roof, awning and signage. We went by the method final 12 months and this 12 months and it labored nicely,” he mentioned.
“So with two different buildings that qualify … we needed to get by Step 1, benefit from that program after which probably different applications which can be accessible on the county stage with tax abatements.”
He anticipates a beauty facelift at Station Home. The 300 Central constructing is in line for larger modifications. Gianfilippo plans to develop that property as “The Mason,” a live-work space with furnished apartments that can double as homes and offices. He hopes to start out that mission towards the top of this 12 months or within the first quarter of 2021, and full it by the top of 2021.
Historical past lesson
Tuesday’s Neighborhood Planning and Preservation Fee served as a historical past lesson concerning the growth of downtown St. Petersburg.
The oldest of the three constructions thought of on the assembly, Station Home was inbuilt 1911 as Springstead Warehouse going through the railroad tracks alongside First Avenue South. Just a few months later, in 1912, Holland Resort opened with 20 visitor rooms in an higher flooring. The constructing was reworked within the 1980s to be used as workplace house, when the arches that dominate the entrance of the construction have been added.
Station Home “conveys its industrial and industrial historical past as a freight-oriented early 20th century warehouse constructing. Additional the lack of nearly all of traditionally related buildings that have been related to the railroads in downtown heightens the constructing’s significance as a result of this is among the lone survivors. It’s a uncommon reminder of an vital a part of St. Petersburg’s historic framework,” Laura Duvekot, an historic preservationist within the metropolis’s division of city design and historic preservation, advised the fee.
She mentioned the constructing meets the three checks for historic landmark standing: age, significance and integrity.
Coronet 300 was inbuilt 1924 and initially housed the J. Bruce Smith division retailer. The contractor was Franklin J. Mason, who had constructed the close by Princess Martha Resort.
“The skyscraper, because it was thought of on the time, was hailed as a sign that booming St. Petersburg was graduating from a city oriented towards trade to a extra subtle metropolis whose economic system would deal with tourism and the leisure of winter residents,” Duvekot mentioned.
The division retailer fell on laborious instances throughout the Despair, and the constructing went by a number of possession modifications and makes use of till it was acquired by St. Petersburg Progress Inc. – now the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership – and transformed into residences.
It additionally meets the three checks for historic landmark standing, Duvekot mentioned.
The third constructing, the Smalley-Inexperienced Auto Constructing at 1180 Central Ave., was inbuilt 1921 in an space of city that was rapidly shifting from residential to industrial, mentioned Kelly Perkins, historic preservationist with town. It initially was constructed as an electrical service station that specialised in vehicle electrical tools, and later housed a paint firm, a furnishings retailer, a gun store and different retail makes use of. It’s now owned by developer Blake Whitney Thompson, and Bodega, a preferred Latin restaurant, moved into the site on Aug. 13.
The extremely ornate constructing is notable for its mix of Spanish and Italian structure, with parts of artwork deco, Perkins mentioned
The constructing is adjoining to The Edge Collective, a mixed-use retail, hotel and co-working development planned by PTM Partners, a Miami-based actual property and growth agency.
“One of many principal causes we initially bought the parcels on Central Avenue was the distinctive pedestrian expertise alongside the road. We’re actually glad to see town additional supporting this really feel,” Michael Tillman, CEO of PTM Companions, mentioned throughout the public listening to a part of the Neighborhood Planning and Preservation Fee’s assembly. “I hope the designation might be used as a possibility to spend money on and protect the facade of the constructing.”
He additionally identified that the entrance of the constructing is distinct from the remainder of the construction, which is extra utilitarian in nature, including, “I’d not need any difficulty of anybody mistakenly pointing to these elevations as being a purpose to dam future growth.”