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Builder completes work on 15-story luxury apartment building

Moss Construction unveils ICON Central, developed by The Related Group, in downtown St. Petersburg.

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Moss Construction and The Related Group have completed work on ICON Central in downtown St. Petersburg. Courtesy photo.
Moss Construction and The Related Group have completed work on ICON Central in downtown St. Petersburg. Courtesy photo.
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ST. PETERSBURG — Moss Construction has finished work on ICON Central, a 15-story luxury apartment building at 855 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg.

Developed by Miami-based The Related Group, construction of the 368-unit project included the total renovation of the 1926 Union Trust Bank building. The building’s residential units range in size from 542 to 1,470 square feet.

According to a press release, the developer and builder also added 15,000 square feet of street-level retail space to the landmark building’s footprint, bringing its total retail capacity to 19,000 square feet.

“We took a previously underserved site that housed the stunning and historic Union Trust Bank building and transformed it into the catalyst for the neighborhood’s transformation into a vibrant and walkable community,” states Jessica Melendez, vice president of development for The Related Group, in the release. “Not only are we seeing impressive leasing activity, but there is also significant interest in the retail space that we look forward to debuting soon.”

To maintain the building's historical look and feel, the release states, the project design called for a contemporary federal architecture style that wraps around the structure.

“This project was not only about creating and delivering the luxury experience that the ICON brand is known for, but also preserving and incorporating St. Petersburg’s historical architecture,” Moss Senior Vice President John Bowden states in the release. “We are proud to have been able to bring Moss’s years of industry experience to ICON Central, and we could not have done it without our great team, our subcontractors and suppliers.”


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