ST. PETERSBURG – Details have been released on the residential component of the long-awaited 16-story Orange Station mixed-use development to be built on the site of the former St. city.
The residence at Orange Station will feature 61 condominium units ranging from 1,210 square feet to 2,367 square feet with floor-to-ceiling windows, luxury appliances and plumbing, and a secure lobby with concierge service. Residents will have access to a ground floor courtyard with a plunge pool, fire table and seating. And on the sixth floor, there will be workstations, a fully equipped fitness center and a wellness studio and entertainment areas including a terrace with an outdoor kitchen.
Prices will start at around $600,000
In addition to the condominium units, the development at 1300 First Ave. North will also include 50,000 square feet of office space, 14,000 square feet of retail space, a 600-space parking garage and 42 apartments.
The developers, in a press release introducing the residences, say the building is the “first LEED-certified green condominium in St. Petersburg, with a water softener system for the entire building, electric vehicle charging capability for each owner and a generous community bike storage”.
The building will border a public square with an art installation honoring the “Courageous 12” police officers whose efforts led to the integration of the St. Petersburg Police Department on August 1, 1968.
Construction on the $80 million project is expected to begin in the fall and, according to previous estimates, the project should be complete by the summer of 2024. Sales are expected to begin in the spring.
The Orange Station project has been in the works for some time and, as often happens, has evolved over the years.
In August, the Business Observer reported on changes made due to the pandemic. The most important was to halve the area of the planned offices to 50,000 square feet. This led to the project being transformed into a single building development as opposed to the original design which called for a nine story office building and an eight story building.
Orange Station is being built on the site of the city’s former police headquarters building. Demolition of the old police station began in October, about a year and a half after the department’s new headquarters opened across the street in March 2019.
As for the name Orange Station, it comes from the Orange Belt Railway depot that brought the first settlers from St. Petersburg to the city in the late 1880s.