CORE in the News: Work of art: Building designed to make a statement, link business districts

04.26.19  |   Sarasota, Florida

As downtown St. Petersburg continues its westward expansion via the rapidly growing EDGE District, it will abut a line of demarcation, of sorts, in the form of the massive Interstate 275 overpass that separates the area from the Grand Central District.

An Indianapolis development firm that’s studied St. Pete’s downtown boom thinks it has come up with the perfect mixed-use project to create a business-friendly transition between the EDGE and Grand Central districts. The firm, Milhaus, believes the project will boost economic activity in the surrounding blocks via increased foot traffic to retail, dining and personal services.

The project is Artistry, a $53 million, six-story, 251-unit apartment and commercial complex, planned for 1601 Central Ave. Founded in 2012, Milhaus has already made Tampa Bay and the Gulf Coast a primary market for its particular brand of urban multifamily developments. Artistry complements its vision.

…Atlanta-based Dwell Design Studio provided architectural services for Artistry, while the builder is Sarasota-based CORE Construction. When it opens in late spring 2020, Artistry, the company hopes, will fill what Woodruff refers to as “a missing tooth” in the area, starting around 13th Street. “For about four blocks there, near the interstate, there’s this gap,” she says. “We’re hoping to activate this piece of Central Avenue and further connect downtown to the EDGE District.”

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