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Kimmich Smith Architecture Finalizes 1100 Apex Project

November 5, 2019

Formerly known as the Strand, a gutted 15-story high rise located at the entrance to downtown Clearwater has stood as an eyesore to the city for years. The tower was built as office space in the 1980s and has been vacant since 2009. This vacant building became a hot spot for vandals and the homeless, and the city began fining the former ownership group $250 a day in 2013 for code violations. Since its vacancy, many development attempts have been made and failed throughout the years.

Luckily, in early 2017, Kimmich Smith Architecture was contacted to re-design this 15 story tower into 134 luxury apartments with full amenities, now open and operating as 1100 Apex. This luxury apartment building features studio, one, two, and three bedroom floorplans featuring modern and stylish interiors. The complex also includes views of Clearwater, the bay, or the gulf, a heated pool, sundeck, and covered parking spaces. The tower portion of the complex is open as of September 12th 2019, and is beginning to sign leases with residents living on site now. 1100 Apex has the goal of drawing more permanent residents to the area, which will attract more restaurants, retail and other businesses to fill empty storefronts in the district. Kimmich Smith Architecture is grateful to have had the opportunity to turn a neglected high rise structure into a sophisticated and innovative luxury apartment building.

“We are tremendously honored to be a part of such a spot light project and are happy to have been involved in changing the face of the city skyline and approach to their downtown.” -Justin Kimmich, President, Kimmich Smith Architecture

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