Harbor Key Townhomes To Be Completed By Spring

The development at the west entrance to Safety Harbor will feature 19 Mediterranean-style luxury units, a gated courtyard and a swimming pool.

With all the talk recently about the future of the Firmenich property proposal, there’s another development nearby that is in the process of becoming a reality.

After years of planning, Harbor Key Townhomes, an upscale development located on Main Street near the west entrance to downtown Safety Harbor, is rapidly rising from the ground and is on target for a spring completion. 

According to the developer, DiGiovanni Homes, the project will feature 19 upscale units and a community pool; it should be finished sometime in May.

“We hope to have the first units completed by the end of March, with everything else finished by the end of April or early May,” Mariann DiGiovanni said.

"We're excited to be bringing this project to the Safety Harbor area."

Community development director Matt McLachlan said plans to redevelop the 2.6-acre property have been in the works since 2009, when DiGiovanni and other builders sought to replace the Woodhaven apartment complex that occupied the parcel. 

While the initial proposal fell through, McLachlan said the city and the developer worked closely to come up with a new proposal that would fit the community.

“We helped develop a plan with them late last year ... for a project that will have an attractive appearance fronting Main Street and add a diversity of housing options for people looking to live in Safety Harbor,” he said. 

“They were very receptive to our input,” he said of DiGiovanni. “They understood the city’s vision, and they reshaped their proposal to suit it.”

The Harbor Key development will be comprised of 19 units with three different floorplans, a gated courtyard, a pool and individual walkways for the properties fronting Main Street.

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Each unit will be outfitted with upscale amenities, including granite counter tops and hardwood floors, while the exterior will be done in a Mediterranean style, complete with barrel tile roofs. Prices for the units start at $224,900.

"Our standards of quality are very high," Mariann said. "That is very important to us."

DiGiovanni said six of the units already have contracts on them, and while some people have said they want to see the finished product before committing to the property, she is not worried about having trouble filling the development.

“Everyone has said this is the perfect location. We’re confident this won’t be a hard sell.”

She added that while they have built numerous properties in the greater Tampa Bay area, including many on Clearwater Beach and the nearby Renaissance Oaks complex, working in this community has been an extremely satisfying experience.

“We’ve been building in the Tampa Bay area for 30 years, and Safety Harbor is one of the nicest places we’ve worked in so far,” she said.  

“I can’t say enough nice things about the city and the people of Safety Harbor.”

Jeffrey Rosenfield December 13, 2012 at 06:14 PM
You are not wrong, David. Thank you for correcting MY mistake!
Jeffrey Rosenfield December 13, 2012 at 06:16 PM
The change has been made. Thanks again David!
Harborite December 13, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Although many cities in Florida have seen little demand for new construction within their communities, Safety Harbor continues to attract developers who want to build new construction here. This is because Safety Harbor has retained an attractive "Old Florida" character that most other communities in our area have lost. As long as developers come here and build properties that fit within the surrounding area, then I welcome them. However, I worry that the redevelopment of the Firmenich property is too large and will not fit within Safety Harbor like the Harbor Key Townhomes on Main Street. The only criticism that I have of the Harbor Key Townhomes is that they removed many nice oak trees from the property during construction. Let's hope that when all of the landcaping is finished, they will add many new oak trees and these townhomes will make an attractive entrance into Safety Harbor for all visitors coming from McMullen Booth Rd.
Dave Deal December 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM
$224,900 and up! And it doesn't have a waterfront view...nice view of main street and McMullen Booth though
Jimmy p December 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM
It will all come down to the landscaping they do along mainstreet. as is, it looks like the back of the houses face the street. with enough adult trees and such, it has a chance to look better. If not, no one is going to pay those prices. Lets be honest, this place is getting over developed real quick and has a chance of losing its charm when "developments" are being built. Look at that monster going up on Drew and McMullen, tons of homes, which will cause tons of traffic and we lost acres of wildlife.


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