A Look at the Up and Coming Skyway Marina District

Posted by Mike & Michelle Grizzell on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 6:17pm.

An exciting new mixed-use project is in the works in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area and it’s got everybody talking. This Marina District has been trying to redevelop the area adjacent to the nearby waterfront neighborhoods for some time, and the project was finally able to get the $70 million it needed to complete it.

You are likely to remember when it was once an undeveloped site emptied and full of weeds after the popular resort that once resided here closed and sold to Home Depot, but now it’s getting quite the makeover it truly deserves. The plans for the mixed-use project is going to offer residential, commercial, and more covering 9-acres of property on 34th street being built in 2017. Take a look at what you can expect for this exciting part of town.

Where the redevelopment will be

You can find this project, being handled by Phillips Development & Realty, happening over on 34th Street, between 30th and 32nd Avenues South. The development is underway in 2017 being a project that was planned to begin this spring and summer. It’s a convenient location to the beaches, downtown St. Pete, and 275 to downtown Tampa, making it a highly desirable location.

The project may be eligible for incentives, including a trail extension and traffic signals over at 30th Ave S and 34th Street. The district itself extends along 34th Street from 30th to 54th Avenues South, encompassing the neighborhoods of Maximo Moorings, Pinellas Point, Broadwater, and Lakewood Estates.

What to expect

Residents of the area are looking forward to the exciting changes to come between residential, dining, shopping, and other developments. There is expected to be 300 apartments, climate-controlled storage, up to 25,000 square feet of retail space, and a new restaurant.

Those looking for their next apartment will love the location to the beach and downtown, as well as the highway, and will have access to one-, two-, and three-bedroom units marketed towards millennials and retirees, as well as climate-controlled storage, courtyards, a “lazy river” feature, a pool, dog walk, and more.

For dining, you’ll be able to stop into The Getaway, an exciting second location from its waterfront location on Gandy Blvd that will be found near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The restaurant and bar is hoping to open by Thanksgiving at the Maximo Marina’s former boat showroom, with a $20 million renovation budget.

This waterfront location on the renovated marina will make it really feel like a “getaway” with the option to boat-up to it. The city offered a $50k incentive to the first sit-down restaurant to take residence in the district and The Getaway found the offer and the location attractive for them and customers. Guests will be able to sit on the patio, at the dock bar, on the deck, and indoors.

Along with these exciting changes to the Skyway Marina District, you’ll also find upgrades to the Bay Pointe Plaza shopping center off of 34th Street, including a Japanese Hibachi & Sushi restaurant and a new Pet Supermarket.

All of these changes in the Marina District are a great thing for Tampa residents! 

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