New St. Pete tower could change flight paths
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12 / 30 / 14
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The 450-foot, 41-story building at 1st Street and 1st Avenue North will be the tallest in town.

St. Petersburg -- The new One St. Petersburg tower will not only be the tallest building in the city, its height might change the flight paths of aircraft.

One city council member says that could happen if the area continues to grow -- in height.

The 450-foot, 41-story building at 1st Street and 1st Avenue North will be the tallest in town.

"It was hired by the developer that wants to build a taller building," says Karl Nurse, a St. Petersburg council member.

Nurse says the Kolter Group, the company in charge of building One St. Petersburg, hired a private consultant to research the need of possibly changing the city's flight plan due to the building's height.

"Flight plans would change would essentially mean flights would be circling over water instead of on land," says Nurse.

Nurse says the city has now also hired a consultant to look into this possibility that would ultimately be decided by the Federal Aviation Administration.

"Having people take off and practice would self evidentally be safer over water," says Nurse.

"I've actually seen a plane go down and sink," says Ruth Kent, who lives downtown St. Petersburg.