The former City Electric Plant had been closed down for many years when purchased by Ed Swift, doing business as Steam Plant Condominiums LLC. In late 2003 the only marketing that was done was a grand by “invitation only” reception for only fifteen local real estate agents. All but one, which was retained by the developer, were reserved with deposits in the first two weeks. In this explosive real estate market everyone was buying, many were locals buying two or three some with plans to flip.
A large company out of Tampa named Dooley Mack became the contractor in the large renovation and reconstruction project. It was soon realized that the completion date could not be made. The environmental clean up was huge. All the massive electric producing machinery had to be transported to the main land, to be treated and disposed of as hazardous waste. Other delays were encountered. With other large projects also going up at the same time like the Santa Maria and Beachside workmen and materials were in short supply. Then came the years of hurricanes in 2004/ 2005, one after another, work had to be stopped and the town evacuated. Finally in 2009 when the condos received their certificates of occupancy the real estate market was nothing what it had been. Only two of the original 18 buyers honored their agreements and closed.
All this has ended in some drastically reduced prices and a great opportunity on a wonderful upper end project whose timing missed its target. Last month drastic reductions were announced, on some units over 30%. If you have not seen these units it is definitely worth you while, just to see the very unique art deco/industrial design. Some of the original machinery creatively decorates the interior common areas. The units are spacious and dramatic. The quality cannot be better, solid concrete fortress like walls and individual elevators to each unit. Massive impact resistant doors slide like butter then close with the quiet finality of a bank vault. There is a common area roof top pool and individual private pools. If you would like to see these yourself give me a call and I will be happy arrange a tour.