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The Sarasota County commissioners are scheduled to vote on a developer's hotel pro- posal on Wednesday, Feb. 12. If the board approves the plans, a multi-story structure could go up on a visible acre at the northeast corner of U.S. 301 and Main Street in downtown Sarasota. D e v e l o p e r R o d Connelly's venture, SDH Partners LLC, was chosen for the project in October after the county adver- tised an Invitation to Negotiate for the parcel, which the county owns. Connelly's project won out over a second proposal by developer Wayne Ruben's WMR Consulting, which called for the construction of a 10,000-square-foot headquarters for a national ļ¬nancial institution and 2,500 square feet of adjacent com- mercial space. The most recent ver- s i o n o f C o n n e l l y 's plans was laid out in a contract that is expected to be signed The county property at 20 N. Washington Blvd. in downtown Sarasota has served as a parking lot for people with business in the adjacent courthouses. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE COUNTY COMMISSION IS EXPECTED TO DECIDE FEB. 12 ON A U.S. 301/MAIN STREET HOTEL PROPOSAL HOTEL VOTE It's an important piece of property. Christine Robinson Vice Chairwoman Sarasota County Commission By Roger Drouin County Editor

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