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Developer wants 22nd Street South to be bridge, not a moat

Developer wants 22nd Street South to be bridge, not a moat

September 5th, 2020
Margie Manning, St. Pete Catalyst

The large parcels of vacant land along 22nd Street South between 1st Avenue South and 6th Avenue South currently act like a moat, separating the Grand Central District, Deuces Live and the Warehouse Arts District.

Developer Joe Furst, founder and managing principal of Place Projects, wants to turn that area into a bridge, connecting what he believes are some of the most interesting parts of the city.

Furst described his proposal to change the zoning of the five-block area, and the coalition he is building around the concept, at a meeting of the Florida Economic Club this week.

“You have the most compelling vibrant center in the Grand Central District, which to me has the most interesting businesses along Central Avenue today. You have the historically interesting cultural center of the Deuces and Black St. Pete to the south. You have the Warehouse Arts District to the west,” Furst said. “Yet there’s this underlying stretch of industrial zoning that is acting as a moat separating all these neighborhoods, that really should be a bridge.”

Read the full story from St. Pete Catalyst HERE.

Artists, neighbors speak out on 22nd Street South zoning plan

Artists, neighbors speak out on 22nd Street South zoning plan

August 22, 2020
Margie Manning, St. Pete Catalyst

A plan to revitalize part of 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg is being greeted with cautious optimism by business and civic leaders.

The plan would change the zoning of the industrial area to allow for office, retail and housing uses. Artists, neighborhood association leaders and business owners said it looks promising, but they also want more details and opportunities for community input.

The proposal, from developer Joe Furst, founder and managing principal of Place Projects, would create a new zoning category, industrial mixed-use, or I-MIX, along 22nd Street South from 1st Avenue South to 6th Avenue South. Furst, who owns about seven acres in the area, has said he wants a community conversation on the plan. An online stakeholder workshop on Aug. 17 was the first of what Furst said would be several chances for comments.

Read the full story from St. Pete Catalyst HERE.

August 17th: I-MIX Revitalization Corridor Workshop

August 17th: I-MIX Revitalization Corridor Workshop

August 18, 2020

On Monday, August 17th, participants from throughout the I-MIX Revitalization Corridor held a workshop led by GAI Community Solutions Group, professional urban planners. Throughout the workshop, the group discussed ways to create a vibrant, mixed-use, walkable corridor to connect Grand Central, Warehouse Arts, the Deuces Live Main Street, and the future Bus Rapid Transit station at 22nd Street and 1st Avenue South. Nearly 100 individuals from throughout the city logged in via Zoom to listen to the discussion, submit questions, and help drive the community discussion.


I-MIX Revitalization Corridor: Stakeholder Workshop – August 17th, 6pm-8pm

I-MIX Revitalization Corridor: Stakeholder Workshop – August 17th, 6pm-8pm

August 14, 2020
Margie Manning, St. Pete Catalyst

A plan to revitalize part of 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg is being greeted with cautious optimism by business and civic leaders.

The plan would change the zoning of the industrial area to allow for office, retail and housing uses. Artists, neighborhood association leaders and business owners said it looks promising, but they also want more details and opportunities for community input.

The proposal, from developer Joe Furst, founder and managing principal of Place Projects, would create a new zoning category, industrial mixed-use, or I-MIX, along 22nd Street South from 1st Avenue South to 6th Avenue South. Furst, who owns about seven acres in the area, has said he wants a community conversation on the plan. An online stakeholder workshop on Aug. 17 was the first of what Furst said would be several chances for comments.

Read the full story from St. Pete Catalyst HERE.

Developer addresses criticism to 22nd Street South rezoning proposal

Developer addresses criticism to 22nd Street South rezoning proposal

July 29, 2020
Margie Manning, St. Pete Catalyst

The developer who has proposed rezoning part of the 22nd Street South corridor in St. Petersburg says he’s confident he’s on the right side of change for the area.

Joe Furst, founder and managing principal of Place Projects, said his plans are aligned with the vision of existing business owners in the area to create a more vibrant, walkable and economically viable community along 22nd Street South between 1st Avenue South and 6th Avenue South.

Read the full story from St. Pete Catalyst HERE.

Developer envisions a new look for St. Pete’s 22nd Street South

Developer envisions a new look for St. Pete’s 22nd Street South

July 21, 2020
Margie Manning, St. Pete Catalyst

Some four years after developer Joe Furst started thinking about opportunities in the 22nd Street South corridor in south St. Petersburg, he’s asking for public input on a plan to revitalize the area.

Furst, founder and managing principal of Place Projects, is working with local community groups on an initiative to rezone the area, creating the potential for new uses, including offices and residential uses, on what is now mostly vacant land along 22nd Street between 1st Avenue and 6th Avenue South.

He wants to open up a community conversation on the proposal, which is still nearly a year away from any potential vote in the St. Petersburg City Council.

Read the full story in St. Pete Catalyst HERE.

Proposed zoning changes in the Warehouse Arts District could spur redevelopment

Proposed zoning changes in the Warehouse Arts District could spur redevelopment

July 15, 2020
St. Pete Rising

A community-centric development group, Place Projects, which is led by Managing Director Joe Furst, has assembled nine acres along 22nd Street South and is launching a campaign proposing a new zoning classification for the corridor called “Industrial Mixed-Use” or “I-MIX.”

The intention of I-MIX zoning would be to encourage the preservation of industrial uses by requiring a certain percentage of light-industrial floor area, while also allowing for the development of other uses too – such as residential or office space. This type of mixed-use zoning would better target what Furst calls “new-age industrial” users, meaning spaces that could cater to artisans, makers, breweries, and other local businesses. These users are already prevalent in the district, however they are often burdened by the current zoning.

Read the full story in St. Pete Rising HERE.