Friday, December 11, 2015

St. Pete Union Trust Bank Building to serve St. Pete once again

Many of us can still remember the bustling activity around the Union Trust Bank.

St. Petersburg, FL
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Coauthor of: So You Want Blog.

Nice article by Steven Girardi in the St. Petersburg Tribune Long-vacant historic bank could find new life as apartments.

This stately old building has sat unoccupied far too long. Many of us can still remember the bustling activity around the Union Trust Bank.

The plan is to use the old bank building as a cornerstone for the construction of eight stories apartment and retail space. Integrating the original building into the project along with carrying some of the features of the original structure and subsequent modifications into the new build will make for an outstanding place to live.

The building is designated as a historic Landmark (1998), which brings about a host of challenges but with Mesh Architecture and Tim Clemmons on the project attention to historic preservationist needs is all but assured.

The City seems to be completely on board, and redevelopment of this block would be a major accomplishment for the Kriseman administration and for all of downtown St. Pete.

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