A vibrant downtown drives demand for housing

When Stuart Main Street set out to create platforms where people can dine outside downtown restaurants, it was just one step in a strategy to connect Downtown Stuart the waterfront and outdoors, ultimately creating a place people want to live as well as visit.

Other Main Street projects include the extension of the Riverwalk to Colorado Avenue and the free weekly Rock’n Riverwalk concerts on the Riverwalk Stage.


The project had an immediate impact and has led to multiple new residential construction projects at a variety of price points.

“You look at downtown and there’s very little housing,” says Stuart Mayor Kelli Glass Leighton. “We have a consensus among the commission that there’s a need for residential development downtown…Azul will provide for a demographic that we typically don’t see in downtown Stuart,” Glass Leighton says. “Young working families and young working singles who will spend their nights downtown. This is an immediate need, and I think we’ll see them fill up very quickly.”

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