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The State Street Parking Garage and a new 18-unit condominium on southern Lido Key received the Sarasota Planning Board's bless- ings on Wednesday evening, March 12. Both were approved by 4-1 votes. The garage needed several "adjustments" to avoid violations of the city's own build- ing codes. One was the result of urban p l a n n e r A n d r e a s Duany's downtown master plan, which requires tall buildings to "recess" their upper floors. That avoids the impression the building is looming over the street. However, the State Street lot is narrow, and the required 12-foot recess would reduce the number of spaces i n t h e g a r a g e b y one-third. "The site is 105 feet wide," said Darrell McLain, architect of the garage. "We need 120 feet to create two full bays [of parking THE PLANNING BOARD OKS ADJUSTMENTS TO THE STATE STREET GARAGE PLAN AS THE CITY RUSHES TO GET THE PROJECT DONE ON TIME We could begin construction as soon as the end of May, and by July, start vertical construction. We hope to finish in mid-February of 2015. Steve Stancel Chief Planner City of Sarasota By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The site of the State Street parking garage is a surface lot. Photo by Norman Schimmel PARKING DOMINATES DISCUSSION

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