Baywalk Gets Revitilization Help from City listen12/18/09 Tom Baur
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Baywalk owners may get more St Petersburg property in their struggle to revive the ailing retail complex.
A few months ago The City of St Petersburg gave struggling Baywalk owners control of a public sidewalk in hopes they could stop protesters from distracting paying patrons. But now the new owners want to expand their control to the Promenade that leads from the garage to Baywalk. The city may cut a deal with Baywalk’s former owner Fred Bullard to tear up his control agreement of the Promenade in return for excusing a $40,000 debt. Kevin Dunne a city administrator said getting better control of the Promenade is essential. Kevin Dunne City Development Administration:
According to the St. Petersburg Times, Baywalk the Muvico theatre and retail complex is now mostly vacant and its reputation tainted by complaints of disrepair and mismanagement. Council member Leslie Curran said the city needs to do this deal.
The council voted 7-1 in favor of crafting an agreement they can vote on in the future. Council member Wengay Newton voted against it.