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Topgolf launches into vertical construction
The vacant lot at 220 Carillon Dr. N. is now bustling with tractors and cranes lifting metal beams as the vertical construction of Topgolf is underway.
In March, the St. Pete Catalyst reported that the group had received an extension to begin construction and still planned to build on the site.
Topgolf first received city approval in late 2019 to build the 67,000 square foot driving range entertainment complex, which was originally slated to open in 2020. However, concerned residents of Carillon, a group opposed to the construction of a Topgolf facility in their northern St. unaware of the plans.
Last year, Pinellas County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Ramsberger ruled in favor of the City of St. Petersburg and Topgolf in a contentious civil lawsuit brought by affected Carillon residents.
Topgolf’s website says the golf entertainment complex is “coming soon,” but does not specify an exact timeline.
The Topgolf project is estimated at over $13.5 million.
When completed, the planned complex would include 450 parking spaces on 12 acres. It would be the second Topgolf facility in the Tampa-St. Neighborhood Pete.
A Topgolf opened in Brandon in 2014. Officials previously said the St. Petersburg site would be different from the Brandon site, with a focus on family-friendly activities and significant upgrades to lighting and sound systems for minimize the impact on people who live nearby.
The Black Lives Matter mural building demolished
The building at 200 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., near Planet Retro Records and known for its Black Lives Matter mural, has been demolished and the site is cleared.
Jon Daou, co-founder of Eastman Equity and a major real estate owner in St. Petersburg’s Edge district, said demolition was not part of the initial plans.
“We were trying to preserve the building, but the city deemed the site unsafe and we were forced to demolish it,” Daou said, explaining that the original plan was to renovate the building, but during the stabilization process, the roof collapsed and resulted in the city condemning the site.
“We are disappointed that we could not save it, buildings like this are not replaceable and the current zoning would not allow it to be rebuilt as it was,” Daou said.
Daou could not provide further comment regarding the future of the site.
Daou said he would be interested in reimagining the Black Lives Matter mural on another building.
Daou is also working on developing a boutique hotel that could connect with the Baum Avenue Market building at 1113 Central Ave., which he also owns.
The Baum Avenue Market food hall housed tenants Valhalla Bakery, The Twisted Indian, Baum Mi by La V and Sans Market.
Karma Juice Bar and Eatery, the last remaining tenant, vacated the space this month.
Daou said plans for the hotel are preliminary and awaiting approval.
Building Dr. BBQ sells
Datz Restaurant Group co-owners Roger and Suzanne Perry have sold the two-story industrial restaurant at 1101 1st Ave. S., which houses the restaurant Dr. BBQ.
The popular Edge neighborhood restaurant will continue to operate.
The owners, as an entity S&R Perry Properties II LLC, sold the 7,935 square foot building to South Florida-based Pernicious LLC in a $4.5 million deal .
The smokehouse is operated by pitmaster and Food Network star Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lamp and is a concept of the Datz Restaurant Group.
“We have leased the building and will continue to operate. We enjoy hosting fans before and after baseball games and are proud to be part of the local scene in St. Petersburg,” Suzanne Perry wrote in an emailed statement.
The rustic-industrial design smokehouse opened in 2018. It was once used as a steel casting factory.
The restaurant of the Two Graces closes its doors
Two Graces restaurant, known for its on-site outdoor garden and New American cuisine, has closed.
The restaurant building at 6001 Central Ave., which was formerly the Reading Room restaurant, has been sold, the former owners have confirmed.
Chef Marlin Kaplan and Lisa Masterson opened Two Graces in January 2021.
The restaurant has yet to share the news on its social media accounts and the website is currently down.
Clearwater Wyndham Hotel Sells
Dhaval LLC has sold the Super 8 by Wyndham Clearwater hotel to Eric Meister, owner and principal of Cornerstone Solutions Group and Mainstay Construction Services, in a $7.275 million deal.
The purchased 36,096 square foot hotel at 22950 U.S. Highway 19 N. was built in 1973.
The two-star hotel has a business center, swimming pool and laundry facilities.
Meister assumed a $5.25 million mortgage from EMG Transfer Agent LLC for the purchase.
Meister, who purchased the property under Euclid School Apartments LLC, recently sold the Euclid School House property at 1090 10th St. N. in St. Petersburg.