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Plans for a major downtown redevelopment project in St. Petersburg will include a 28-story, 205-room hotel with 62 condominium units modeled after Richard Kessler's successful Westin Grand Bohemian hotel in Orlando.

The redevelopment project, announced May 11 in St. Petersburg, will also include a new headquarters building for Progress Energy Florida along with retail space and a parking facility. It will be built on the site that currently houses the Florida International Museum.

The Museum will relocate

http://orlando.bizjournals.com/orlando/sto...tml?jst=b_ln_hl

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Tall Plans For St. Pete

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By CARLOS MONCADA [email protected]

ST. PETERSBURG - It is what some describe as the perfect city block: a mixed-use project designed to attract corporate workers, visitors and residential dwellers, as well as college students and museumgoers.

It will occupy a prime parcel in a downtown that continues to undergo a remarkable renaissance, with no signs of abating.

On Thursday, city and corporate officials unveiled design plans for what Mayor Rick Baker heralded as the most significant project since BayWalk, the shopping-and-entertainment complex that has attracted more than 3 million visitors annually since it opened in 2000.

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http://www.tampatrib.com/MGB4QHXVN8E.html

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More chic heading for downtown

Here's some interesting facts from the article:

Project's estimated costs: $100 million

Project Description: Combination corporate headquarters/4 star hotel

2 towers. - a 28 story Grand Bohemian Hotel. with 205 hotel units and 62 condos on the top 12 floors. Plus a 16 corporate office for Progress Energy, employing nearly 700 workers.

Architect: Frank Paredes of Coral Gables

Hotel Height: 350 feet, only 36ft shorter than BOA (the city's tallest).

Completion date: Hotel, by late 2007 & office tower by November 2006.

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I read in the Tribune that there is over $1 billion in NEW construction breaking ground in downtown St.Pete this year alone. What a turnaround for this city. Some the new designs are really unique and should provide for a beautiful skyline in the years to come. Hopefully, Tampa can take a page out of St.Pete's book on how build a proper infrastructure to support all these new residences. I also believe that the new $300 million All Children's Hosptial breaks ground next week. St.Pete's a true Hot Spot as of late.

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