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Opus South’s plans for the downtown Clearwater site might include retail, office and residential space. By AARON SHAROCKMAN Published November 2, 2004 CLEARWATER – A nationally known developer emerged Monday as the buyer of Calvary Baptist Church’s downtown campus. Opus South also has its eyes on City Hall, which splits the church’s properties and overlooks Clearwater Harbor. Plans could include retail, office and residential components aimed at rejuvenating the city’s downtown, executives from Opus South said Monday. But it could be months before the company unveils anything specific. “It’s not going to be an easy project,” said Opus South senior vice president Jerry Shaw. “But obviously, it’s important to the city. And it’s important to us.” The company would like to include the city’s landmark property in its redevelopment plans. Shaw and William R. West, Opus South’s real estate manager, met with city leaders Monday, one day after Calvary Pastor Willy Rice told parishioners the church had found a buyer. “City Hall would be nice to work into the equation,” West said. But any development including City Hall would require voter consent. The city’s charter requires voters to approve the sale of City Hall or any city-owned property between Drew and Pierce streets west of Osceola Avenue, not including the Harborview Center. Voters have twice before rejected plans along the downtown waterfront. City officials have said they would be willing to relocate for the right project. Opus South, which has headquarters in Tampa, is an offshoot of Opus Corp., a national builder that reported $1.1-billion in revenues last year. The company is building Parkshore Plaza, a 29-story luxury condominium tower near St. Petersburg’s waterfront. Scheduled to be completed in 2006, the development will be one of St. Petersburg’s taller buildings and would include close to 100 condo units, along with retail shops and a restaurant. Mayor Brian Aungst, who met with Opus executives Monday, said they wouldn’t divulge much about their plans for Clearwater. “They held their cards pretty close to the vest. They talked about mixed use, maybe condos, restaurants, retail,” Aungst said. “They’re real. They’re sincere.” Council member Frank Hibbard, who is also a member of Calvary Baptist and was made aware of the proposed sale because of his ties to the church, said Opus is a credible developer. “They could possibly be the strongest we’ve seen in this city,” said Hibbard, who spoke with company executives at his Clearwater office Monday afternoon. “I think everyone will be very pleased.” The price and terms of the agreement were not announced, but Calvary senior pastor Willy Rice said the church likely won’t leave its downtown location until the end of next year. The church is building a new 28-acre campus at McMullen-Booth Road and Drew Street. Church members will also have to ratify the sale later this month. “It is the kind of developer we had always hoped would buy the property,” Rice said. Rice told more than 1,000 churchgoers during two services Sunday that Calvary had signed a contract to sell the downtown properties. But he wouldn’t say who the deal was with, or the sales price. Until Monday, some council members were also left in the dark. At a city work session Monday, council member Bill Jonson asked for more information, including the developer’s identity. No one said much. “It would probably be best not to talk about that issue,” said City Attorney Pam Akin. Major waterfront redevelopment proposals have been shot down by voters in 2000 and 2004. Aungst said he doesn’t know if that will mean problems for a potential sale of City Hall. But council members have already started to think about their next pitch to residents. “We have some things we’re going to be asking our citizens for guidance on,” Jonson said. — Aaron Sharockman can be reached at 727 445-4160 or Source:
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