Sarasota News Leader

08/30/2013

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DRAWING ATTENTION Cheryl Walker, a 100 Central Ave. resident, stands in front of Floribbean. 'I don't think it fits in with Sarasota architecture in any way, shape or form,' she says of owner Chris Brown's plans for the structure. Photo by Roger Drouin LOVE IT OR HATE IT, RESIDENTS HAVE STARTED TO WEIGH IN ON A PROJECT THAT WOULD DRASTICALLY CHANGE ONE OF THE MOST VISIBLE CORNERS DOWNTOWN By Roger Drouin County Editor Chris Brown wants to build something differ- veloper has attempted to incorporate them ent — but not entirely unprecedented — in into a design. downtown Sarasota. Initially, Brown contemplated a ground-level With a brick façade and second-story "gal- deck at the building he purchased in May for leries" over the sidewalk at his 1400 Main St. $2.65 million. But the concept blossomed into triangular building, he envisions an archi- bigger plans. tectural nod to Sara"As I started talking sota's main thoroughwith different folks fare of the 1920s. That is one of the best locations in and the architects, the Modern second-story the city. Why not showcase it. architecture grew into galleries are allowed something that would Chris Brown Owner of the 1400 Main St. property in the Downtown be aesthetically pleasCode, yet no other deing," Brown told The

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