Forbes Magazine Travel contributor Roger Sands recently wrote about the EDGE District saying, “As its name implies, the EDGE District of bustling St. Petersburg is often on the cutting edge of shopping, dining and cultural experiences.” (Source: “Neighborhood to Watch: EDGE District, St. Petersburg, Florida” 11.16.2021)
The EDGE District is also one of the most walkable in Florida – making it a great destination for locals and visitors alike.
2021 EDGE District – A Year to Celebrate
In her year in review EDGE Business District Association Executive Director Barbara Voglewede, delivered this message:
As 2021 draws to a close, I want to thank you for your valuable support and many contributions this year to our wonderful community. We simply, absolutely would not be where we are without having such a strong community of business owners, property owners and residents who care. I also want to take this moment to note some of the remarkable things that happened this year that we should all celebrate.
First, 2021 was a year of significant positive growth for us. We continue to thrive. Here are just a few highlights:
- During the first three quarters, we welcomed 16 new businesses, saw a net gain of 219 new jobs and more than $500,000 in permitted private property improvements. Our resident population also grew, with residential buildings at full occupancy.
- Visitorship also increased, with an average 70,000+ a month stopping to spend time in the district, and 13,000+ a month on our EDGE Free WiFi (more than double last year).
- Five major mixed-use developments continued moving forward, and for all, we worked very hard to review and advocate on behalf of the community to ensure that they follow the EDGE District Master Plan and enhance, rather than detract from, our district.. The first three that will be completed (The Metro, Orange Station, and Belpointe Towers) will represent a total investment of nearly $200 million, will double our current resident population, and will provide our EDGE public parking garage, community trash compactor, and other community amenities. The fourth development (900 Central) will preserve our oldest building in the district, an enormous achievement. The fifth (EDGE Collective) will bring us our first boutique hotel and preserve another building of historic value to us, 1246 Central.
Secondly, 2021 was a year of significant project completion for us, enhancing the district, increasing visitors & visibility, and securing City support for future improvements.
- A major highlight was completing our roundabout improvement project, with our centerpiece sculpture The Sun on the EDGE, new trees, landscaping, and lights. We also installed our new street benches and trash receptacles, and our new West Baum community trash compactor, so we could remove street dumpsters.
- To enhance visibility, we launched our new EDGE District website, our EDGE Business Bartering Program, and among many other promotions, we held our first Halloween on Central car-free event, bringing in over 50,000 guests to enjoy our district. We were very happy many of you reported record sales that day.
- For future improvements, we successfully worked with the City to ensure that our EDGE priority projects and Master Plan goals were part of the City’s Intown West CRA Amended Plan. As a result, our projects for Baum Avenue Beautification, Business Improvement Fund, Booker Creek Enhancement, Commercial Avenue Beautification, and Community Compactor and Grease Management Project will be eligible for City support and tax increment funding.
If all that wasn’t enough, we can surely all feel good about being featured last month in Forbes as the “Neighborhood to Watch”! Clearly, 2021 also held its challenges, but as in 2020, we used those challenges to grow even closer and stronger as a community. And with that, we can look forward together to 2022.
EDGE District Membership
The EDGE District’s non-profit Main Street (https://edgedistrict.org/) is dedicated to planning, promoting, and advocating to sustain an eclectic, vibrant EDGE District community while preserving its unique character. Membership support is vitally needed to help them advance their mission. To find out more about what they do, benefits and levels of memberships and planned events, visit their website.
EDGE – Save the Date Business Workshop – January 26, 2022
On Wednesday, January 26 at 2:00 pm, the EDGE Business Association will be offering a Zoom business workshop to help businesses that are experiencing staffing shortages. They will provide great tips to find, recruit, hire and keep good employees, as well as a Question & Answer session, all in 60 minutes or less.
Looking to Live in the EDGE District?
RE/MAX Metro Realtor Estelia Mesimer is familiar with the many housing opportunities in and adjacent to the EDGE District. The area is a great place to live and work because of its ease of transportation – whether walking, by car, bike, bus, scooter, or skate board!
Public transportation includes the city trolleys as well as bike share and scooter share. In 2022, the SunRunner Bus Rapid Transit will operate from beach to bay.
St. Petersburg Communities
If you’re interested in any of these of communities or live in one of them and are thinking of selling, call Estelia today!
Greater Pinellas Point
Historic Old Northeast
Historic Roser Park
Isla del Sol