Sarasota News Leader

10/04/2013

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REFUSING TO GIVE IN An aerial view shows the Ellis Building at 1605 Main St. in Sarasota. Image from Google Maps THE DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT REBUFFS A FORMER BOARD MEMBER'S REQUEST TO CEASE PUTTING NEW LANDSCAPING IN FRONT OF A BUILDING FOR WHICH HE IS SEEKING NEW TENANTS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor A former member of the Downtown Improvement District board returned this week to lobby his former colleagues to stop putting landscaping next to his building. Building at the northeast corner of Main Street and Orange Avenue. Until a few months ago, the building was partially occupied by Bank of America. Larry Fineberg with Benderson Development Since the bank branch has relocated, Fineberg Co. railed against has been preparing the the DID board, saystructure for new tenIt doesn't seem right to me that we ants. "We've renovated ing time and again he did not know the should pay $8,000 because Larry — redone the common d e s i g n f o r d o w n - [Fineberg] didn't understand. areas, the entrances — town improvements and we'll be redoing Eileen Hampshire Board Member called for plantings the front of the buildDowntown Improvement District up against the Ellis ing once we know who

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