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    Safety Harbor to decide on project

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published January 6, 2003

    SAFETY HARBOR -- The Safety Harbor City Commission will decide tonight if it will allow Village Partners of Orlando to build its Harborside at Safety Harbor project -- a five-story, mixed-use facility that would feature restaurant, office, retail and residential space -- on one of downtown's last pieces of prime, undeveloped land.

    Although the city's Downtown Redevelopment Plan limits building heights to three stories, with no limitation on the number of feet, the commission can waive the height requirements to allow buildings in excess of the three-story cap. At a Dec. 11 meeting, the city's Planning and Zoning Board unanimously approved the the application; however, the final decision rests with the commission. Village Partners has a contract to purchase the 3 acres on the corner of Main Street and Bayshore Boulevard from Clearwater resident Walter Loick for $700,000 to $1-million per acre.

    If approved, the project is expected to cost up to $20-million.

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