The following list documents the effort to increase the allowed height of buildings in the St. Armands Commercial District and to add residences and hotels (on upper levels) to the list of allowed uses, and to increase the density of that use from what would otherwise be allowed. This is sometimes referred to as the "Zoning Text Amendments" issue. These zoning changes will require a comprehensive plan change.
Note: The City has a Coastal Islands Overlay District (click link) that controls commercial building height, density, etc... due to the environmentally sensitive nature of the City's keys and the limited access to them for emergency vehicles, hurricane evacuation, etc...
This Zoning Text Amendments proposal would need the same zoning code and comprehensive plan changes as will the separate effort to develop a hotel complex at the Fillmore Parking Lot site.
In order for residential and hotel use to be possible in the St. Armands Commercial District, there will also need to be parking concessions. It is our understanding that those seeking these changes will be asking for fewer required on-site parking spaces and/or a one-time payment to the City "in lieu of" providing those on-site parking spaces.
October 22, 2020
April 3, 2021
Meeting of the CCNA (Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations) at City Commissioner (then Mayor) Hagen Brody indicates his interest in "classing up" St. Armands.
March 31, 2021
The St. Armands Business Improvement District (a.k.a. the "BID") holds a 3.5 hour workshop at the end of which they agreed to ask the City for zoning changes to encourage commercial development on the Circle.
They will be specifically asking for a height increase for buildings in the St. Armands Commercial District and a use change that would allow hotel rooms and residences on the upper levels and would provide an increase in density for that use from what would otherwise be allowed.
The BID (representing the commercial property owners) would like to see St. Armands Circle become more like 5th Avenue in Naples: higher-end shopping and dining, taller buildings with residences or boutique hotels above the retail spaces (e.g. "The Inn at Fifth" in Naples), and a uniform streetscape (sidewalks, curbing, lighting, landscaping) in front of all commercial properties to tie the area together and establish a strong "sense of place".
Examples of what this looks like in Naples, FL: (note that all of the following examples are three-story buildings, but four and perhaps five-story buildings are being proposed for St. Armands)
August 5, 2021
Public Workshop (via Zoom) to present the Zoning Text Amendments proposal to the public and to collect citizen input. Many residents voiced concern about this proposal.
2021 Member Survey Results
75% oppose increasing the allowed height of commercial buildings from 35' to 45' and allowing the use of residences and boutique hotels on the upper levels (n=125)
November 19, 2021
December 8, 2021
Regular meeting of the St. Armands Business Improvement District (BID).