TAMPA, Fla. — New renderings were unveiled showing the first look at the reimagined Sundial which will undergo improvements starting in a couple of months.
Just 10 years ago, the downtown shopping complex, once known as Baywalk, got a multi-million dollar overhaul. And while the re-branded Sundial initially thrived – it later sputtered during the pandemic.
The property’s new owners say they now want to create a space where celebrations are had, where business is done and where friends run into each other.
The new Sundial will feature multimillion dollars in improvements designed to "revitalize the once upscale retail destination into a modern mixed-use urban destination," Tampa-based real estate investment firm Ally Capital Group explains in a news release.
“We have a unique opportunity to create a centralized gathering and shopping space that can grow with our city,” Mike Connor, president and CEO of Paradise Ventures, said in a statement. “A space that compliments the development landscape of St. Petersburg and that is a long-term investment in the city.”
With the goal for the new improved Sundial to be a centralized gathering place for people living, working or visiting – improvements will "enhance the retail experience."
"You know, thankfully we still have the movie theater, and that pulls in some people," neighboring retailer Joe Grime said. "But, definitely, it’s going to help quite a bit with the traffic, for sure."
Things to look forward to including an updated courtyard with a large outdoor bar and plenty of communal green space for guests to sit and enjoy food or drinks.
“Placemaking is important, and the new Sundial is designed to be an extension of the community,” Andrew Wright, chief executive officer of Ally Capital Group, said in a statement. “A place that enhances the city socially, economically and culturally. A space where celebrations are had, where business is done and where friends run into each other."
Artist renderings show the AMC theater and Sea Salt remaining at Sundial. If all goes as planned, construction could begin as early as this summer and is expected to take about three to four months to complete.