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11/22/2103

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ZONING AND PARKING Louies Modern is on the ground floor of the Palm Avenue parking garage. Photo by Norman Schimmel A PLAN TO TRIPLE THE DENSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE ROSEMARY DISTRICT WILL PROCEED, BUT THE QUESTION OF PAID GARAGE PARKING REMAINS OPEN By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The Sarasota City Commission tackled two issues in radically different fashion during the Monday, Nov. 18, meeting — one involving zoning; the other, when to start charging drivers to park in city garages. pulled it for discussion. It passed by a 5-0 vote without a whisper of comment. He was standing by with charts and photos, as was land-use consultant Joel Freedman. But neither had the chance to say a word. The item was on the consent agenda, and nobody Merrill's plan calls for creation of a "Rosemary Residential Overlay District." His client is Rosalyne Holdings. He says the firm "has a short timeline for developing this project, and This allows Merrill to work with staff to triple the current 25-units-per-acre density in the Rosemary District, just across Fruitville Attorney Bill Merrill asked for a speedy Road from downtown. A staff report says that change to the city's comprehensive plan to would "allow for the development of smaller, increase density in the Rosemary District. market rate housing units."

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