Historic St. Pete building gets new life, purpose

St. Petersburg, Florida -- It's one of St. Petersburg's Grand Dames. 103 years ago it was the Holland Hotel, which later became a firehouse. Most recently it was Café Alma, but now, even that is history.

Now the Station House, a multi-million dollar mixed-use project, will breathe new life into the historic structure. Developer Steve Gianfilippo is excited.

"Whether it's for work, play, a quick meeting, a quick bite to eat, or a quick conversation, we want this to be the place to be," said Gianfilippo.

10 News got a tour of the building which will be transformed into a stunning restaurant, hotel, and office space with a penthouse at the top. Transforming it was difficult, but exciting.

"We asked the subcontractor to pull back the flooring that was here, and we found a beautiful white pine floor, original to the building," said Gianfilippo.

At a cost of nearly $5 million, the new project is expected to compete with Tampa's swanky Oxford Exchange, just toned down for St. Petersburg's more relaxed style.

The new restaurant is expected to open within 90 days.

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