Sarasota News Leader

12/20/2013

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ON THE LOOKOUT FOR MORE CRANES The developers of the new hotel on Palm Avenue, next to the parking garage, showed members of the Development Review Committee a more complete rendering of their project. The view is how the structure will appear to someone on Cocoanut Avenue. Photo by Stan Zimmerman REVISED DETAILS ARE REVEALED ABOUT THE HOTEL PROJECT NEXT TO THE PALM AVENUE GARAGE AND A PROJECT WITH INCREASED DENSITY IN THE ROSEMARY DISTRICT REMAINS ON THE FAST TRACK By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Construction cranes could be figuratively Planner Courtney Mendez says the official letwinging their way to town this summer. ter should be drafted in a week. The next step is approval of building plans. The City of Sarasota Development Review Committee (DRC) on Wednesday, Dec. 18, Last month, the Jewel condominium project gave a "sign-off" to the Sarasota Gulfstream on lower Main Street received its first building hotel and condominium complex. The permit, and a hotel complex planned for the 18-story building will be located on the north- northern corner of Ringling Boulevard and west corner of U.S. 41 and the John Ringling Palm Avenue also won its initial approval last Causeway, the former site of a Holiday Inn month to start construction. The building is and Denny's restaurant. expected to be an Aloft hotel, with European business-class accommodations. The sign-off is tantamount to "administrative site plan approval" and is a major milestone Meanwhile, plans for a fourth hotel were in the development process. Senior city before the Development Review Committee

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