Pensacola Politics

CMPA meeting: Studers announce 4th floor, Beck shows design and why is liner floating

October 16, 2013

Representatives for Quint and Rishy Studer announced today that they will be adding a fourth floor to their Maritime Park office building and that they already have a signed tenant for the office space. The estimated increased property taxes for the city should be between $50,000-$70,000.

Beck Property Co. also showed their design of their building on the corner of Spring and Main streets. The first floor will be for retail, second floor will house Beck’s offices and the third floor will have four lofts ranging 800 to 2000 square feet. Their design/construction team includes Bay Design (architects), Williams-Brown, Inc. (construction management), Rebol Battle & Associates (civil engineering) and Homer Jolly Design (marketing). Justin Beck said that he hoped to break ground before the end of the year.

Beck east view

The CMPA board approved CBRE (Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis) as the leasing agent for the park, but withheld final approval until the listing agreement was presented to them at a later meeting.

The board also approved renewing its contract with Hatch Mott MacDonald to analyze why the liner of the retention pond has floated to the top. CMPA Chairman Jim Reeves said, “We want to take action before everybody gets away”—meaning before the contractor and design team leave the project.

Reeves expressed concern that the City had already contracted to do what he called a “band aid” approach to the problem and he was worried the City’s actions might invalidate any warranties on the pond.

The board approved hiring Hatch Mott, really it was just an extension of the current contract. They will work up several options and try to determine the cause of the problem.

In other action, the board approved issuing an RFP for a breakwater, recommended that the city council reappoint three incumbent board members whose terms will expire and also appoint Chad Stacey and Reid Rushing to fill two vacant positions.

Chairman Jim Reeves also presented “thank you” gifts to two past chairmen – Eddie Todd and Collier Merrill. The first CMPA chairman Judge Lacey Collier wasn’t able to attend.

Note: Chairman Reeves opened his first Tab at 2:16 p.m.

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  • floater October 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    The design requirements also state the the pond liner should not protrude over 2 feet from the center of the pond. The CMPA has met this design standard

  • George Hawthorne October 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm


    The CMP design standards restrict building height to a maximum of 60 feet and this building falls well within these limitations.

  • Pat Kerrigan October 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

    How high can these new buildings go? California has coastal height limits – is there any such thing in Florida?

  • jeeperman October 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

    So the engineer and contractor did not do their job correctly.
    And the CMPA is going to pay out more dollars to the engineer and contractor to correct the problem???????????

  • Ames October 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Is pressure from a rising water table lifting the pond liner? Instead if installing a pond at sea level why didn’t they just facilitate formation of a saltwater “pond”?