Proposals & Concepts to Update &
Upscale the St. Pete Pier
iconic Inverted Pyramid of St. Petersburg is ready for its
have been a number of proposed plans presented to the City of St.
Petersburg to update the current Inverted Pyramid while replacing the
"approach" (bridge) and surrounding "pier head" (pier deck around the
perimeter of the Inverted Pyramid and its own separate
This was the original intention of Mayor Baker when the $50 million
dollar budget was established. But in 2010, with Mayor Foster's agenda
to destroy the Inverted
Pyramid and build a lasting tribute to his single term as mayor, all
refurbishment recommendations, proposals, assessments & engineering
reports have been routinely
delayed and dismissed. Because of this, the general public has
not been aware that these proposals had been offered. Here are
also some more recently developed design concepts.
This illustration from page 28 of the Pier Advisory
Task Force Report, shows there was a clear intention to include an
to refurbish the Inverted Pyramid. As noted in this site's Current Conditionpage,
the condition of the Inverted Pyramid and its foundation only needs the
usual updating for any forty year old building. Since the 100
foot wide, 1026 foot long "approach" or bridge to the Inverted Pyramid
needs repairs and replacement, perhaps this is the best opportunity to
create a real showplace destination to draw residents and visitors
alike to downtown St. Petersburg.
page 13 of the Task Force's Report, it was noted that other successful
pier venues around the world had some things in common, including the
fact that the "program" or elements of interest & attraction such
as retail merchants, cafés & food/beverage vendors, amusements
rides, exhibits, etc., were located starting at the beginning of the
piers. The other commonality was that there was a continuous
sequence of these elements of interest, located a short walking
distance from each other. The psychological effect is that when
the visitors are being stimulated with sights, sounds, the fragrance of
fresh foods with tempting flavors, the distance being walked is less
likely to be an issue, or even noticed.
One proposal for
a cost effective update and upgrade for the St. Pete Pier and its
Inverted Pyramid building comes from the local architectural firm of
Arkedezin. Based on the assessment and cost estimates by Archer
Western Contractors, this proposal includes enclosing the building with
glass walls and transforming the interior with a natural light atrium.
These renderings also include a federally subsidized electric
urban rail transport system to link the Inverted Pyramid to the retail
merchants and cafés along the south side of the approach, to the
parking areas and downtown St. Petersburg.
view from above shows retail shops and cafés along the south side of
the approach, separate areas for boaters to tie-up to docks and other
docks for boat rentals. A curved fishing pier also acts as a
breakwater to protect the dock areas from waves. The updated and
enlarged Inverted Pyramid also features a fully enclosed 5th floor with
a new, larger observation deck on the 6th floor. A decorative and
functional "solar sail" tops the building with photo-voltaic solar
cells to generate much of the electricity the Pier would require.
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concept by local designer Mr. Van Ivey, presents a grand palace
for retail, dining, entertainment and convention facilities on Tampa
enclosing the existing Inverted Pyramid inside an Upright Pyramid
providing a climate controlled, interior garden atrium throughout the
complex. While there
is no estimated cost or budget proposal on this concept, Mr. Ivey can
also provide ideas that allow this project to be completed in phases as
What would be a year around draw for
tourists and residents alike to downtown St. Petersburg that we don't
already have? and
At this time in our culture, what popular,
financially successful venues do people already flock to and support?
This concept is
based on the Option One from the Pier Advisory Task Force Report and an
"urban mall" design in which the same elements that are
found in an upscale mega-mall, are located throughout the downtown
area. Key to this design is the integration of a variety of
transportation options which allow visitors to shop, dine, catch a film
or live performance, visit the museums in any weather, and with
less walking than what a traditional shopping mall would require.
An electric urban rail system links main points of interest with
various parking venues, the convention center, major department stores
located in downtown, major hotels and the St. Pete Pier.
High-speed water taxi brings convention attendees and cruise ship
passengers to/from downtown Tampa. All transportation options
come together at the The Pier complex, which has its own people movers
allowing visitors to ride or walk to their particular destinations
along the two level approach (bridge).
Gem building utilizes the
structure of the Inverted Pyramid and features seven floors of dining,
shopping & entertainment venues, including a top floor "Mirador"
with a café and butterfly garden. Three sides of the upper half of the
Gem building are covered with recently developed transparent solar
photo-voltaic cells. Also covering the entire building are
thousands of tiny LED lights connected to a special computer for
nightly light shows. This concept is driven by the fact that
malls & shopping villages are the most popular places for people,
both residents and tourists, to support, 365 days a year, and the fact
that Pinellas County does not have an upscale shopping & dining
complex like Tampa's International Plaza or Wiregrass Village.
The Pier Boulevard Village on the
Pier's approach provides shoppers with easy access to all of the shops
and cafés from the lower level, even in rainy weather. On our
typical sunny days, shoppers will be more inclined to browse from shop
to shop on the upper level. The Pier Boulevard Village also
free package delivery to the Pier's parking areas. When shoppers
return to their cars, even if they park in one of the downtown parking
garages, they can simply pull up to the covered package pick-up depot
located at the Dolphin parking lot, where their items have been safely
stored in the climate controlled building. No need to carry
of packages during holiday shopping!
As this concept answers the first two
questions, the next obvious question is: How can this be financially possible?
partnering with the right retail development & management company,
various technology companies, plus currently available Federal subsidy
programs, the centerpiece of St. Petersburg's downtown can also serve
as a showplace for smart urban development. Perhaps best of all might
be that the City could grant a long-term lease to the development
company who would pay for the construction and then manage the property
and pay the bills when it is completed, - leaving the City to simply
collect a percentage of the monthly rent.
In this early
concept cross section, the utility lines and plumbing would be in a
protected environment with easy access for maintenance and upgrades.
The quiet, electric rail system throughout downtown, stops at the
parking area, two stations along the Pier Boulevard Village and Gem
building. If additional transport options are necessary, either a
moving sidewalk system or an electric transport pod can take visitors
directly to their destinations along the Pier.
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