Sarasota News Leader

05/16/2014

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The Sarasota City Commission will meet twice during the week of May 19. The first time will be for its regular biweekly session on Monday. The second will be for a Tuesday afternoon workshop to look at capital improvements and stormwater management. A big item on the Monday agenda is the pos- sible sale of the former community garden property on Boulevard of the Arts (aka Sixth Street) in the Rosemary District. Almost a year ago, the city asked for proposals from private industry to see what might be built there. City planners were seeking what they called "a catalyst project." Only one developer responded. Rosemary Square LLC is a company headed by local developer, Dr. Mark Kauffman. Its pro- posal calls for 40 rental units; 34,000 square feet of commercial, arts or office space; a 10,000-square-foot "boutique theater" and a 7,000-square-foot public square. Kauffman is offering slightly more than $1 million for the property. Another piece of city property is about to follow the same pattern. The Lido Key Pool was threatened with closure when Sarasota County maintained it; not enough people were using it, the county said. The pool was Possible sale of the former community garden property on Boulevard of the Arts is on the City Commission's May 19 agenda. Photo by Norman Schimmel TWO CITY COMMISSION MEETINGS SALE OF THE FORMER COMMUNITY GARDEN SITE, THE LIDO POOL'S FUTURE AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ARE ON BOARD AGENDAS NEXT WEEK By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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