The City Council on Thursday approved allowing owners of nearly 3,000 properties in the urban core to turn them into up to four residences.
The sweeping zoning change is intended to increase housing in a water-locked city experiencing a growth spurt. After 2½ hours of impassioned remarks, most from residents who were adamantly against the changes, the council approved the change in a 7-1 vote.
“It’s a reasoned, thoughtful approach,” said Jason Mathis, CEO of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. “It’s a way to add some additional density in a way we can measure and see what happens.”
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