St. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA)- The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday approved an architectural and engineering services agreement with the designers of the new pier. During the meeting, $5.2 million was approved which will be spent on finalized design, demolition of the current Pier and approach and initial contracting services.  The schematic design phase is scheduled to take five months and will include feedback from residents. Following the design refinement, the community will be engaged to learn about the concept as the city moves forward on the final design, permitting and ultimately, construction.

Mayor Rick Kriseman said, “Today, the Sunshine City took the final step in securing the future of the St. Petersburg Pier, and our treasured waterfront, for generations to come. The process we implemented more than a year ago has served our city well. The citizens who participated in our public process, as well as Pier Working Group and Selection Committee Members, are to be commended for their service. Our waterfront park system is the crown jewel of the City of St. Petersburg. I thank the St. Petersburg City Council for sharing that vision and their leadership.”

ROGERS PARTNERS Architects + Urban Designers released a statement.  They said, “We believe that great design engages all disciplines and that the spaces we make are as important as the buildings and forms. We embrace the impact of small things, understand that much of what we do you don’t see, and make big things happen by careful attention.”