Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Stop the Lens campaign is holding a press conference at Vinoy Park on Thursday.
The Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg, Inc, the sponsor of the Stop the Lens campaign, will be making a major announcement about the future of the campaign Thursday afternoon at Vinoy Park. Spokesperson Bud Risser will be addressing the media at 2 p.m. Organizers also plan to announce that the campaign has reached the halfway point in gathering the required number of petitions for a citywide vote. The "Lens" is the pier design slated to replace the existing St. Petersburg Pier. The pier is still on track to close May 31 with demolition beginning in August. Related Coverage: Sign up for the St. Pete Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
Sunday, February 24, 2013
OK, so you had a busy week. We understand. Let us catch you up on all the highlights from St. Pete Patch!
The owners plan to open a new, modern Columbia Restaurant at the foot of "The Lens" pier project in St. Petersburg in 2015. The driver was sentenced Tuesday for crashing into a PSTA bus while fleeing from police with his then 2-year-old son in a stolen car. Construction is underway on the 1.8 mile, 14 turn waterfront race track in downtown St. Pete. The sheriff's office has ID'd the woman as 51-year-old Pamela Sue Simon. Detectives say the death is not suspicious in nature. While Vintage Ultra Lounge in downtown St. Pete has closed its doors this week, the Jannus Live Complex has announced the return of an iconic club to take its place. Sign up for the St. Pete Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your …
Monday, December 31, 2012
St. Pete Patch has compiled a list of the top local stories of 2012. What was the biggest story of 2012 for you?
1. The "Lens" and the St. Petersburg Pier There was this story and then there was everything else in St. Petersburg in 2012. The ongoing controversy of the Michael Maltzan "Lens" design and the St. Petersburg Pier dominated our coverage, your comments and public action. What other story involved dozens of public meetings, two petitions and an unfinished lawsuit? If you like this story, well, it won't be ending anytime soon. The Pier is still set to close May 31, 2013 and be demolished in August. Recently, council approved the next phase of funding for the "Lens" but with speed bumps along the way incase council wishes to halt construction. 2. Weird Florida Florida has been known for its beautiful beaches, warm winters and even Disney …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Last week, Michael Maltzan presented his evolving design for the "Lens" to members of the City Council.
Here is a video from last week's presentation by architetct Michael Maltzan about his "Lens" design, which is expected to replaced the existing Pier. In the above video, Maltzan talks about changes he has made to his design, based on public feedback, and his vision for the project. Maltzan noted that the design changes are based on concerns raised by the public in more than two dozen community meetings. The $50 million "Lens" design is slated to replace the inverted pyramid building. Maltzan and his team are going through the "basis of design" phase, which is expected to be completed and presented to council on Oct. 25. The inverted pyramid is slated to close on May 31, 2013;demolition would start in September 2013.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The St. Petersburg City Council voted 7-1 to approve a design contract for the "Lens," with Michael Maltzan Architecture.
The St. Petersburg City Council has approved the design contract for the "Lens," with Michael Maltzan Architecture. Despite opposition from a vast majority of those who spoke at the meeting and opposition released from a recent StPetePoll, the contract was approved 7-1. The contract includes five design phases, including the most crucial phase, phase I, which is also called the basis of design. The goal during phase I is for a refinement of the conceptual design. During that phase, the Maltzan team will have meetings with the public and the Council to solicit input. It is during those meetings where the design will take shape and pubic enthusiasm for the project will increase, according to Council Chair Leslie Curran. "Once people start …