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10/11/2013

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Sarasota News Leader October 11, 2013 Page 45 Snyder and Commissioner Paul Caragiulo in the minority. Vice Mayor Willie Shaw joined Commissioners Suzanne Atwell and Susan Chapman in opposing the request from businessman Chris Brown, who says he has been in discussions with a party that wants to put a "high-end restaurant" in the building. At the urging of the Business Improvement District (BID) and its neighbors on St. Armands Circle, the commission approved a $49,000 study by Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. to look at how to end a parking deficit in that area. By one estimate, the commercial district is short 900 spaces. The leading proposed solution is to build a parking garage (or In deferring a decision again on the design of two) on city-owned lots. The study could valthe State Street garage, the commission this idate that or offer other suggestions. time acted on the advice of City Attorney Bob Fournier. Under a development agreement The commissioners Monday also extended with Pineapple Square Inc., the city must pro- the city's lease agreement with The Salvation vide 300 more parking spaces downtown by Army so it can continue to use the site of the early 2015, so the clock is ticking. Fournier former police substation on Central Avenue asked for a two-week delay on board direc- (across from the Rosemary cemetery) as a tion so he could iron out legal issues with "way station" for homeless and vagrant peoPineapple Square's lawyer. ple. The Salvation Army turns people out The City Commission has agreed to a study to determine how best to handle a parking deficit on St. Armands Circle. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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