Monday, December 3, 2012
A presentation by the Michael Maltzan team, a pier petition court hearing and council vote on the "basis of design" for the "Lens".
The future of the St. Petersburg Pier and the "Lens", the $50 million design slated to replace the existing pier, could become much clearer this week. On Tuesday, the Michael Maltzan Architecture team will give a presentation on the updated plans of the "Lens", called the "basis of design." The presentation will be at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. (See new "Lens" renderings posted above) Last week, the Maltzan team released hundreds of documents detailing the updated plans, costs and schedules. Included in them were plans for more shade structures, a restaurant and event space at the end of the "Lens" and restaurant space at the base of the pier, called the Hub. A day after the basis of design report is given, on Dec. 5, the city will be in …
Monday, November 26, 2012
There will also be a city council workshop on the updated 'Lens' pier design on Dec. 4.
Updated and more detailed plans of the "Lens" pier are scheduled to be released Monday on the city of St. Petersburg's website. Update: More than 700 pages of the basis of design plan were released by the Michael Maltzan Architecture team Monday evening. They can be read online. The new information includes updated programming, measurements, expenses and overall design, according to local architect and member of the Michael Maltzan team, Lisa Wannemacher. What Monday's released information does not include are several new renderings of the "Lens". Those will be released during a City Council pier workshop on Dec. 4. In September an updated Lens design was presented. Michael Maltzan Architecture said the design was adapted after public…
Friday, November 9, 2012
The petitioner’s lawsuit against the city and City Council will be held Dec. 5 from 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. at the courthouse in downtown St. Petersburg.
In early December, the city has a scheduled court hearing regarding council's vote not to proceed with a public referendum on the future of the St. Petersburg Pier. According to Tom Lambdon, chairman of VoteOnThePier.com, this suit falls squarely on the back of city council who voted against the referendum in August. On Aug. 22, local attorney and former mayor candidate Kathleen Ford filed suit against city and council for taking that action. According to county court documents, the city asked for a dismissal. The first hearing on the suit is set for Dec. 5 from 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. at the downtown St. Petersburg courthouse. Lambdon released a statement Thursday regarding the Dec. 5 hearing. "We are hopeful that the Pinellas County Judge…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The decision on the future of The Pier is out of voters hands, but residents and visitors have strong feelings about the iconic structure's fate.
What should be done with The St. Petersburg Pier? Patch headed out to ask St. Pete residents and visitors from out of town what should be done with the iconic structure.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
There is growing pressure on the St. Petersburg Council to let voters decide the fate of the Pier. City Council will discuss the referendum on Thursday.
On Thursday, City Council will consider two new business items that could be the next steps to getting the future of the St. Petersburg Pier up for a public vote. Council member Karl Nurse placed an item on the agenda to get an official report on the status of the pier petitions from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections. Council member Wengay Newton is requesting the city's legal department to draft an emergency ordinance to place VoteOnThePier.com's question regarding the pier on the Nov. 6 presidential ballot. The city has until Aug. 3 to get any potential ballot questions to the Supervisor of Elections. In an interview with Patch, Nurse said it may be time to slow the process down to build the new pier, called the "Lens", and …
Friday, June 29, 2012
What are you doing this weekend, St. Pete?
1. St. Pete Pride Join the fun this weekend in the Grand Central District for the 10th annual St. Pete Pride festival. The 10th Annual St. Pete Pride Street Festival and Promenade is the largest diversity and tolerance celebration in Florida. More than 80,000 people are expected to attend this event, which features floats from clubs, organizations, social groups, and businesses, as well as dancing, beads, food and fun. After the parade, enjoy the street festival featuring vendors from across the state. The parade begins at 9 a.m. 2. Tampa Bay Rays The Tampa Bay Rays are back in town to take on the Detroit Tigers Friday through Sunday. On Saturday, the Rays Turn Back the Clock,' against the Tigers with a 70's-era hypothetical uniform at 7…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The petitions were sent out last week in an effort to obtain the nearly 16,000 signed petitions the group is seeking.
Despite the passing of what Vote on the Pier calls an "arbitrary deadline" for the pier petitions, VoteOnThePier.com has sent out 40,000 petitions to registered voters in St. Petersburg. Tom Lambdon, organizer of Vote on the Pier, said he used the list from the Supervisor of Elections to send out the petitions in hopes to make sure only registered voters are signing petitions. "We used the database we received from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections so these will only be going to current registered City voters," Lambdon told Patch. "This directly eliminates the fallout rate we have experienced from the beginning; with many people filling out petitions just because they are passionate for the cause and would like to see the Pier …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The June 11 deadline set by Mayor Bill Foster is not stopping VoteOnThePier.com from continuing its petition drive to collect nearly 16,000 signatures.
June 11 came and went and for the future of the existing Pier, nothing has changed. VoteOnThePier.com is still collecting petitions to try and force a referendum on the future of the inverted pyramid and the city is still under contract with Michael Maltzan Architecture to build the "Lens." Less than two weeks ago, Mayor Bill Foster set the June 11 deadline for Vote on the Pier to submit nearly 16,000 petitions to have residents vote on the pier. Monday, Tom Lambdon, chairman for Vote on the Pier, said the deadline passed without a word from the city. "Nothing from the city, but the sound of crickets," said Lambdon in an interview with Patch. "We continue to move forward to obtain the balance of signatures required to force the referendum…
Friday, May 25, 2012
Mayor Bill Foster announced today that the Pier meetings will be June 7, 12, 14 and 19.
Last week the St. Petersburg City Council approved the first contract with Michael Maltzan Architecture for the design of the Lens, which will replace the Pier. Before the next step, the city and Maltzan will collect more feedback from the public on the refinement of the project Friday, Mayor Bill Foster announced four public meetings on the Lens design: According to the city, these meetings will be held in advance of Michael Maltzan's visit to St. Petersburg to meet with City Council and project and community leaders in August. In this week's "Mayor Bill Foster's Weekly Forecast," Foster explains the city's thinking about why the new design is a better option than refurbishing the existing Pier. He talks about the weakening pier …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
At Thursday's St. Petersburg City Council meeting, the council will vote to approve a contract with Michael Maltzan Architecture for the design costs of building "The Lens".
It will not be the point of no return Thursday, but should City Council vote to approve a contract with Michael Maltzan Architecture Thursday, it is committing the first $4.69 million for the design costs of the "Lens". If approved Thursday, the contract for the design phases would follow as. While not the most expensive design phase, the most crucial phase, according to city documents, is Phase I. During that phase, a process to evaluate the “Lens” concept relative to the construction cost budget will be developed. Phase I will include a public input session and council workshops to solicit input on concept refinements, the scope of upland developments and coordination of regulatory permits. Phase I is scheduled to take five months to …