New St. Pete coming together -- in 2018

- More than half-dozen major projects with a combined construction value exceeding a half-billion dollars are now -- or soon will be -- underway in downtown St. Petersburg.  Their common denominator:  2018 completion dates.

That date surfaced twice last week, starting with an announcement Monday that hard construction was beginning on ONE St. Petersburg, featuring a 13-story hotel and a 41-story condominium tower. 

"When we get there, we'll definitely be the tallest" in Pinellas County, project manager Brian Van Syke told FOX 13 News.

Friday, All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine's Dr. Jonathan Ellen told an assembled crowd, "Construction will begin in 2016, be completed in 2018 in the summer," referring to a new seven-story medical research and education building "...where we hope to find cures for our children around the country and around the world."

The same year should see the completion of the new St. Pete Pier and its companion "Pier District" that will fill the adjacent parkland.

Tuesday, after an interview with FOX 13 on another subject, Mayor Rick Kriseman ticked off other projects with 2018 due dates. 

"You'll have a police station, you should have the James Museum, you should have the American Arts and Crafts Museum" Kriseman mentioned. 

No details have emerged yet on the James Museum of Western Art, but a spokesman for the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement confirmed a 2018 completion target. 

Referring to the two privately-funded museums, Kriseman said, "Those should both come on line about the same time."

The new police station is still being designed, but it is not expected to take very long to build and should be completed in 2018.  It is located on the western end of downtown St. Petersburg. 

The two pier projects are on the eastern waterfront.  The Arts and Crafts Movement Museum is on the north side of downtown and All Children's-Johns Hopkins new research facility is on the south end of downtown.  ONE St. Petersburg and the James Museum are in the downtown core. 

All seven projects are funded and underway, and all should be on line by the end of 2018.

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