Plans for new Riverside restaurant include rooftop dining

Plans for new Riverside restaurant include rooftop dining
Summit Tower (Courtesy Summit Contracting Group)

Two years after renovating three floors in the iconic Fletcher Building at 1000 Riverside Ave., Padgett Premiere Properties, LLC, has applied for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to rezone approximately 1.90 acres of property from Commercial Residential and Office (“CRO”) to PUD in order to install a new, full-service restaurant.

The eight-story building, designed by Mid-Century Modern architect Taylor Hardwick in 1963, was purchased for $3 million in October 2014 by Padgett. The building, previously owned by Florida Physicians Insurance Company (also known as First Professionals Insurance Company) from 1995 to 2014, was renamed Summit Tower.

In early 2015, the property underwent a $500,000 renovation of Floors 6-8 for Summit Contracting Group, an affiliate of Padgett. In 2016, Padgett spent another $930,000 in tenant build-outs, alterations and repairs, as well as window and door replacements.

At the time of the 2015 renovation, Nicole Padgett, vice president and chief administrative officer, indicated the company had plans to turn the first floor of the office building into retail space, housing either a high-end gym or a sandwich/coffee shop.

The PUD application, filed Nov. 15, 2016 on behalf of Padgett by attorney Steve Diebenow of Driver, McAfee, Peek & Hawthorne, indicates the nearly 85,000-
square-foot office building will serve as a mixed-use property with a 435-seat, full-
service restaurant occupying the first and ninth (rooftop) floors and approximately 69,461 square feet of office space occupying the second through eighth floors.

The PUD will provide for new use as a restaurant with outside sales and service, including full service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption only, which could not be accomplished through conventional zoning.

With onsite parking and an additional parking lot across Post Street, 159 parking spaces including five ADA accessible spaces will accommodate patrons of the proposed restaurant.

At press time, there were no details shared with The Resident about the type of restaurant or its hours. Public hearings by City Council, Land Use and Zoning Committee or the Planning Commission have not yet been scheduled. The PUD application was being reviewed by the city’s Planning and Development Department late last month.

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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