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.
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