Sarasota News Leader

05/09/2014

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allow music only on three evenings per year (New Year's Eve, Fat Tuesday and their Nov. 14 anniversary). Staff is aware that a similar petition turned into a late-night club called Ivory Lounge on Central Avenue. That venue has generated multiple complaints from downtown resi- dents. And the staff made sure the owners of Duval's were aware their "proffer" would fol- low the land, so if they sold the restaurant, a new owner could not open up with a brassy floor show, for example. Duval's owners will also head to the city Planning Board in June. BITER'S CONDO DELAYS A project in the "administrative approval" phase is finding the going a little harder. Sarasota entrepreneur Jessie Biter's plans for 10-story residential complex with 168 units on Second Street hit a snag when he purchased an additional quarter of an acre and wanted to expand his plan. He wants to construct a single building on the two adjacent plots, adding another 12 units and roughly 7,000 additional square feet of commercial space on the first floor. Last month, when Biter's planning consultant, Joel Freedman, apprised the DRC of the new plan with additional land, he was peppered with a range of questions big and small. No formal site plan had been filed, so it was difficult for the committee to provide a solid evaluation. On Wednesday Freedman and attorney Brenda Patten returned to the DRC to suss out options. "This building isn't designed A flag marks the former United Way building at 1445 Second St. in downtown Sarasota, separated by a parking lot from 1401 Second St. Entrepreneur Jesse Biter wants to build one residential complex that encompasses both parcels. Image from Google Maps Sarasota News Leader May 9, 2014 Page 16

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