CCFJ.NET: Planned affordable housing tower blindsides downtown St. Petersburg condo neighbors
Article Courtesy of The Tampa Bay Times
By Waveney Ann Moore
Published July 2, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG — The discussion became heated as condo owners living within strolling distance of downtown restaurants and museums interrogated both the developer of a 12-story affordable housing building that will rise on their doorsteps and the social services agency whose clients will make their home there.
The condo owners, most with townhomes along Fourth Avenue S between Sixth and Eighth streets said they are worried about what the $22 million project and its residents will mean for their safety, property values and quality of life. And they talked about the misery they are already enduring, including vibrations from the construction that have been disruptive and destructive.
Developer McCormack Baron Salazar, together with the apartment management company and the agency that will provide services to renters in 33 of the 65 units of the new tower, struggled to soothe their fears.
Gary MacMath, president and CEO of Boley, the nonprofit agency that serves the homeless and mentally disabled and will have a case manager at the new Delmar Terrace apartments at 745 Delmar Terrace S, walked out of the meeting at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. Boley got the brunt of the anger that night. The agency owns a small building in the neighborhood, on Seventh Street S. Those who live in the nearby condos say Boley residents harass them by panhandling and even show up at their homes. They add that they’ve witnessed drug deals and that there’s been a SWAT team at the facility. Read more: