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Business Observer Thursday, Jun. 23, 2022 5 months ago

St. Pete developer seeks retailers for $80 million Edge District project

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With groundbreaking near and condo sales brisk, Orange Station developers are in search of merchants to fill space.
by: Louis Llovio Commercial Real Estate Editor

Developers of the Orange Station project in St. Petersburg have begun working to lure retailers to the development as the start of construction nears on the site of the city’s former police headquarters.

The retail portion of the $80 million 16-story project will include six spaces ranging in size from 1,100 square feet to nearly 4,000 square feet. Jay Miller, of J Square Developers, says the company is ready to “begin discussions with dynamic retailers and restaurateurs that want to bring their unique brand” to the project.

The search begins as the condominium portion of the project has sold 30% of its units, including two of three penthouses, since sales began earlier this year. The developer says “these are firm contracts, not reservations.”

Orange Park Station is being built at 1300 First Ave. N. and, when done, will also include 50,000 square feet of office space, 14,000 square feet of retail, a 600-space parking garage, 400 public, 61 condominium units and 42 apartments.

The project is expected to break ground in the early fall and the plan is for work to be done in the summer of 2024.

Orange Station is being built on the site of the city’s former police headquarter building, which was demolished in October, about a year-and-a-half after the department’s new headquarters opened across the street.

The project, in the city’s Edge District, borders a public plaza with an art installation honoring the “Courageous 12” police officers whose efforts led to the integration of the St. Petersburg Police Department on Aug. 1, 1968.

It got its the name from the Orange Belt Railway depot that brought St. Petersburg’s first settlers to the city in the late 1880s.

The project as it is now has changed several times over the years. The biggest was when the amount of office space was cut in half to 50,000 square feet. This turned Orange Station into a single-building development as opposed to the original design, which called for a nine-story office building and an eight-story building.

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