Special noise mitigations will have to be explored, but an outdoor performing arts venue and hot shop are on their way to the Warehouse Arts District in St. Petersburg.
According to city documents from a July 10 meeting, the City of St. Petersburg’s Development Review Commission voted 7-0 to approve several requests and pave the way for what St. Pete Catalyst calls an outdoor performance space “projected to hold 60+ national events in its first year, drawing between 5,000 and 7,000 attendees each.”
City documents say that three people — Morean Arts Center’s Valerie S. Knaust, architect Tara Wood Dozark and Lawyer Curran K. Porto — spoke against the application’s original request, which led to special conditions requiring the venue to work with… “adjacent property owner in exploring additional noise abatement materials that occur along the northwest property line, between the subject property and the adjacent Morean Facility.”
The property sits on two parcels in between 20th Street S. and the Pinellas Trail, and its owners, Robert and Cheri Beamam, recently requested a zoning change that opened the door for the event space to become a reality. St. Petersburg City Council approved that zoning change in February, and the July 10 decision from the Development Review Commission was the next step.
The Beaman’s son, Nick Beaman, convinced his folks to buy the land for $650,000 in 2016 and helped to bring the venue and hot shop idea to fruition.