By Cindy Lane
sun staff writer
LONGBOAT KEY Up to six, four-story condominium buildings
are slated to replace a Gulf-front family estate on Longboat
Tampa-based Statewide Associates is planning the development
at the 5.2-acre Villa Am Meer at 2251 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
recently purchased for $18 million.
Between 27 and 30 condo units priced at $2.5 million to
$4 million are planned for the condo development, which
will be called Villas Am Meer after the estate, Statewide
Project Manager Ken Mourtos said.
The existing house, which dates to the 1970s, will be incorporated
into the development as a clubhouse, and a lagoon pool will
be added, he said.
Statewide has done renovations for the St. Petersburg Times
Forum in Tampa and the Bridgeport Arena in Bridgeport, Ct,,
and is currently building a brownstone residential development
in South Tampa.
Villas Am Meer LLC purchased the property from Elise Browne,
a daughter of previous owner Edward Benedict, a thoroughbred
horse breeder and the former chairman of Norda Inc., a flavor
and fragrance company. She had purchased the property in
January for $5 million from a family trust.