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03/22/2013

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Sarasota News Leader March 22, 2013 The project will include between 10,000 and 14,000 square feet of something besides parking on the ground floor. Most likely it will be retail, but other uses are possible, such as restaurants, offices and maybe even residential space. Page 36 A DOUBLE HANDFUL OF REMARKS The very first public comment noted that Europeans have covered farmers markets in the centers of many towns. ���I���d like to see that here,��� said one person. I echoed the comment later, suggesting the architects look at the Eastern Market on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., as an example of a covered urban produce market that has operated for decades and decades. Building designers call the site ���tight.��� The parking specialist told me that about twothirds of the parking spaces will be on a level slab, but the remainder will be on a slope. Because the depth of the building is constrained, there will be a double row of parking on one But advice offered over and over during the side and a single row on the other. meeting was to include a housing component ���The geometry dominates. The site is long but in the structure. ���Could you add residential at narrow,��� he said. the top?��� asked more than one person. Call them the designers of your future downtown. Fewer than 20 people showed up to discuss plans for the State Street parking garage. Photo by Stan Zimmerman

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