Redevelopment Up For Discussion
By DULCINEA CUELLAR dcuellar@tampatrib.com

Published: May 11, 2006

Residents will meet with a developer next week to discuss redevelopment of the 689-unit The Cove apartments on West Shore Boulevard.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 18 at the Regency Cove Community Room, 4851 W. Gandy Blvd.

Jerry Frankhouser, president of the Bayside West Neighborhood Association, said the issue is too pressing to wait until the group's next regular meeting in September.

The St. Petersburg-based Ballast Point Group bought the apartment complex, 4003 S. West Shore Blvd., in July for $61 million and wants to begin construction soon. The 25-acre complex overlooks Old Tampa Bay and was built in 1979.

Kim Liberty, Ballast Point's marketing and sales vice president, wouldn't discuss plans for the property but said details would be discussed at next week's meeting.

"We really want to talk with residents first," she said. "As developers it's a good idea to know what their needs and concerns are."

Development along South West Shore has soared in recent years, including the New Port Tampa Bay and Casa Bella projects. The Georgetown apartment complex, just south of the Cove, was sold in 2005.

Ballast Point Group is building The Villas of Seagate at St. Joseph Sound in Dunedin. The 3,000-square-foot town houses, priced at $850,000, overlook the Gulf of Mexico, according to the company's Web site.

For information on the meeting, log on to www.bay sidewest.50megs.com.

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