Construction on the major renovation at The Shops at St. Pete, formerly BayWalk, is expected to begin within 30 days, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Kevin Dunn, a representative of The Edwards Group, told the Times, "A lot of things have to come together in the next couple weeks but that's the intent." This following the city council's unanimous approval of the designs for the project last Thursday.
The 80,000-square-foot complex will have a modern look with straight, clean lines and include natural stone floors, the Times reports. The Shops at St. Pete will feature more outdoor dining with covered walkways and canopies over balconies, according to the newspaper.
Developer Bill Edwards told Patch in a previous story that the future complex will have three "very iconic" restaurants to anchor the complex.
According to documents on The Shops at St. Pete website, construction is slated to start in March, with tenant permitting in July and August and tenant construction running September 2013 through January 2014. Officials are planning for a project grand opening in February 2014.
The project is being headed by Edwards, CEO of Mortgage Investors Corp and The Club at Treasure Island. He also runs a music production company that last year won the city's contract to manage the Mahaffey Theater.
St. Pete Patch attached The Edwards Group 2012 Year End Project Summary Outline to this article.
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