Sarasota News Leader

10/11/2013

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'GALLERIES' TURNED DOWN The City Commission turned down the proposed 'galleries' on the Kress Building at 1400 Main St. Image courtesy City of Sarasota THE CITY COMMISSION NIXES A PROPOSED NEW ORLEANS-STYLE REDESIGN FOR A FIVE POINTS BUILDING AND HOLDS OFF AGAIN ON A PLAN FOR THE STATE STREET PARKING GARAGE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor During its Oct. 7 meeting, the Sarasota City Commission endorsed, rejected or approved several items. In a recap, they stopped a "major encroachment" proposed at 1400 Main St.; agreed to a St. Armands Circle parking study, a lease to permit the continuation of a homeless "way station" and a union contract; purchased a sculpture for Five Points Park; approved new construction on Whitaker Bayou; and again made no decision about the design of the State Street parking garage. structures would provide shade for the sidewalks and room for up to 78 café tables on a second-floor covered porch overlooking Main Street. A total of 21 people spoke, most of them downtown residents opposing the plan. "This is probably one of the largest major encroachment permits we've had downtown," said city Development and Neighborhood Services Director Tim Litchett. The item of greatest public interest Monday It was also the first application ever for a night was a proposal to wrap the old Kress "gallery." By a slim 3-2 margin, the commisBuilding at Five Points with "galleries." The sioners turned it down, with Mayor Shannon

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