Sarasota News Leader

04/25/2014

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The April 21 Sarasota City Commission meeting was about big money, ordinance tweaking and more (and more) talk about homelessness. The State Street parking garage is now off and running, having received the commis- sion's blessings for construction to begin. It took six related agenda items to cut the cord and start the baby breathing on its own. The gestation period has been about a decade. The cost is estimated at $11.4 million to pro- vide parking for 300 cars, 20 bicycles and eight motorcycles. The price is well above the $7.2 figure originally budgeted. The city has a complicated funding plan to cover the difference, with money from the Downtown Sarasota Community Redevelopment Agency, shifts between internal accounts and borrow- ing from the Workers' Compensation Fund and the Fleet Liability Fund. During the early design phase for the proj- ect, the public was asked to contribute ideas. One was a green roof, possibly even a city park atop the mid-rise building. That went nowhere, but city Chief Planner Steve Stancel told the commissioners the city is in discussions with Florida Power & Light for The City Commission listens to a presentation on April 21. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE STATE STREET PARKING GARAGE PROJECT WILL BE CLOSE TO MAKING DEADLINE, AND A NEW 'MOBILITY FEE' SYSTEM HAS STARTED ITS COURSE TO BECOMING LAW CITY COMMISSION WRAP-UP By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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