Sarasota News Leader

10/18/2013

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CITY COMMISSION PREVIEW The City Commission will have to decide on the future of the former home of the G.WIZ museum in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE FUTURE OF THE G.WIZ BUILDING, THE STATE STREET GARAGE DESIGN AND A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT SHUFFLE ARE ON THE OCT. 21 AGENDA By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The Sarasota city commissioners should not be up late Monday, Oct. 21. But their heads might hurt from the decisions they will be asked to make. New software, money shuffling and homework for the following day's meeting with the County Commission will occupy their thoughts in the afternoon and evening. But their major decisions Monday will concern two buildings. the city's former bayfront library is a piece of old business that remains a headache. While the building's architecture is striking, so is its operating cost. Electricity alone averages $4,500 per month. And the structure needs repairs — including another round of roof work — estimated to cost a minimum of $150,000. The 33,000-square-foot building sits on 16 acres along the bayfront. The property was BUILDINGS OLD conveyed by the State of Florida to Sarasota The departure of the Gulfcoast Wonder and on the condition it never be sold or leased for Imagination Zone (G.WIZ) from the site of any private use or purpose.

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