New St. Pete Pier renderings reveal changes

Rogers Architects+Urban Designers and ASD rendering

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – New renderings show what the St. Petersburg Pier will look like after construction is finished in 2.5 years.

Pier architect partner Rob Rogers said the drawings are subject to change. ”I don’t think (there will be) any downgrades,” Rogers said.

There are differences, though. The boat docks originally set to go near the main building are gone. That’s because the old caissons that held up the pyramid can’t hold the entire new building.

Amy Lettelleir of St. Petersburg took a look at the new renderings. “No! No. That’s been the thing that downtown’s needed forever … some boat parking so people can come on their boats. My goodness, we’re waterfront property,” Lettelleir said.

She may get her boat parking, but it will likely be closer to shore on floating docks.

Lettelleir takes issue with what appears to be an amphitheater. “That’s not aesthetically pleasing. I can imagine this is gonna have some pushback,” she said.

Pier designers insist most people will appreciate the final project. “Although there’s some subtleties and differences as they move along, all of the component pieces are there,” Rogers said.

Cindy Lepere looked at the renderings. “I like it. Yeah, I like anything rather than what’s out there now. Yeah, we need something,” she said.

That sentiment is almost universal. The controversial pier has been an emotional tug of war for more than a decade.

“What you see today is true to the original concept as it was delivered, and in fact, like every process and schematic design, it is enhanced and improved from the original concepts” St. Petersburg marketing director Chris Ballestra said.

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