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Old April 19th, 2017, 03:52 PM   #1381
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Old April 24th, 2017, 11:35 PM   #1382
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Conceptual designs of the roundabout at US41 and Gulfstream Ave are going through public hearings at this time. Getting mixed reviews as should be expected, but I do applaud the effort to make the area more pedestrian friendly. Here is one of the early conceptual:



Re-connecting the downtown to the bayfront became an issue almost the instant US41 was re-routed along Sarasota Bay. It was wildly unpopular at the time, and some pretty prominent local architects weren't too kind:

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Internationally renowned Paul Rudolph, of the Sarasota School of Architecture and chairman of the Department of Architecture at Yale “blasted the highway because it separated the city from its greatest asset, the water.”

Francis R. Walton an architect from Daytona called the bayfront plan “murder.” As quoted in the Herald, he said he “tried to fight such projects at home but that the State Road Department says to a city, ‘You do it this way or you get nothing,’ and if the city tries to say how it will be done, nothing is given. It’s just plain murder.”

Douglas Haskell, New York editor of the Architectural Forum, condemned the highway’s placement as “a stupid, murderous, idiotic routing” and that “gorillas, chimpanzees, dogs, monkeys and jackasses could not do worse than they have done in Sarasota.”
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20...s-a-bumpy-path

It really is remarkable looking at the before and after pictures. The route was largely chosen to attract tourists passing by. Would love to know what other routes were considered, if any at all.

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Old April 25th, 2017, 12:38 AM   #1383
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Honestly, I would remove Bayshore Drive all together. Fix up Gulfstream Ave. and expand the park system down there.
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Old April 25th, 2017, 01:20 AM   #1384
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Honestly, I would remove Bayshore Drive all together. Fix up Gulfstream Ave. and expand the park system down there.
Back in the early 2000's the Downtown Mobility Study called for Bayfront Dr to lose its US41 designation and be reduced from 4 to 2 lanes and increase park space. They had it done in phases, starting with the extension of 17th St to Tamiami Trail and being designated as US41. It was even designed as a pilot program, where they would reduce to 2 lanes but not tear out the other two lanes should it be determined they were still needed. Ultimately this portion of the plan was the only portion not adopted by the city.

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Some updates from the UTC/Benderson Park area.

The first of what will be 5 hotels built near the UTC mall is to be completed as the Homewood Suites opens in June. They plan to start on the second hotel in 18 months.

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Todd Mathes, Benderson’s director of development, said the hotel will be the first in a series of five hotels it plans eventually to open south of University Parkway adjacent to The Mall at University Town Center, because it believes the demand exists.

“In the next couple years, we expect to open two more, both on the east side of the mall,” Mathes said. “We haven’t started the engineering process yet, but we have a location identified in the overall east side development. The first one probably will get started 18 months after (the Homewood Inn and Suites) opens.”
http://www.yourobserver.com/article/...t-growth-spurt

At the rowing venue, the finish tower is nearing completion as they prepare to host the World Rowing Championships in September. They will host the NCAA Championships in 2018 and just received word the NCAA will return in 2021 and 2022. Boathouse is supposed to be finished by then.

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This is on The DeSota...

Sarasota could stop luxury home builder if Styrofoam isn't cleaned up

http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/local...65243e5ec.html
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Old May 9th, 2017, 05:09 PM   #1387
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Sarasota could stop luxury home builder if Styrofoam isn't cleaned up

http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/local...65243e5ec.html
They certainly need to clean up, hopefully it doesn't get to that point. Construction debris is a hot topic by those opposed to development, they've been citing projects like the DeSota and Echelon when trying to stop new projects.
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City approves revised Payne Park Village Plans, 135 single family townhomes ranging from 2 to 4 stories. Believe tallest structures will be fronting School Ave across from Payne Park.
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After more than a decade of controversy surrounding a 9.6-acre School Avenue property, residents and officials offered strong support for a proposed development on the site at Monday’s City Commission meeting.

The commission unanimously approved changes to the development agreement for Payne Park Village. David Weekley Homes intends to build a 135-unit single-family housing project on School Avenue, scaling back the original vision for a 238-unit mixed-use project on the land.


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Developer has started public meetings on redevelopment of the Sandcastle Hotel on Lido Key. Plans call for 110' towers and 304 hotel rooms. Developer and architect say it will be similar to Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater.



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Zota beach resort on Longboat Key set to open next month with 104 hotel rooms

Zota beach resort on Longboat Key set to open next month
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A rendering of the aerial view from the north of Hunters Point. Hunters Point is a 148-cottage development proposed for almost 14 acres just east of the Cortez Bridge and north of Cortez Road West. Hunters Point would have 148 “cracker” cottages designed to bring “a modern, environmentally respectful and energy efficient fishing village style community,” to the area. The project is also experiencing some heavy opposition due to traffic problems in the area.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/news/busine...#storylink=cpy




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