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11/08/2013

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DOWNTOWN SARASOTA, IN BRIEF A new development plan for property on Washington Boulevard in Sarasota was submitted before the city's Laurel Park Overlay District went into effect. Photo by Norman Schimmel NEW DEVELOPMENT SQUEAKS THROUGH AHEAD OF THE LAUREL PARK OVERLAY DISTRICT; TWO DOWNTOWN TOWERS WILL START GOING UP; AND TWO ICONS ARE BEING GUTTED By Stan Zimmerman City Editor After years of deliberation among city staff and the City Commission, Laurel Park earlier this year was granted an overlay district that makes it necessary for developer consultation with the neighborhood association before any new buildings are constructed adjacent to that part of downtown Sarasota. "He filed just before the overlay was official," said city Senior Planner Courtney Mendez after the Wednesday, Nov. 6, city Development Review Committee meeting. The plan calls for two "connected buildings" north of the existing UPS Store, which will share the property with the new structure. But a few days before the overlay district The construction will total 8,295 square feet. ordinance went into effect, a property owner filed plans for a two-story office and retail Administrative site plan approval was structure on Washington Boulevard between granted, although the developer must go Morrill Street and Adams Lane. The property before the Sarasota Planning Board to seek is across the street from the county parking an adjustment before the building permit will lot for the Terrace Building. be approved.

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