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The 394-unit hotel and condominium com- plex slated for the northwest corner of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue, The Vue, received the blessings of City of Sarasota staff on May 16. That means the project will move to the building permit stage. It needed only "administrative approval" of its site plan to take that step forward; no pub- lic hearing before either the Planning Board or City Commission was required. The land where the project will stand is zoned Downtown Bayfront, with a street address of 1 N. Tamiami Trail. Neighbors pushed back against The Vue because of traffic congestion fears. An additional traffic study was con- ducted and shared with neighbors. The city approval does call for KPC Sarasota Development of West Palm Beach to provide "a revised traffic queuing analysis including any required traffic counts for Ritz-Carlton Drive and Sunset Drive." (The Ritz-Carlton and the One Watergate condominium com- plex are just west of The Vue's parcel.) But that analysis will come only after the proj- ect has been completed. City staff agrees the study will cost no more than $10,000. In other words, after The Vue is part of the bayfront A corner of the parcel where The Vue will stand is visible (left) at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel SIGNING OFF ON THE VUE ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL FROM CITY STAFF MEANS THE DEVELOPER OF THE HOTEL/CONDOMINIUM PROJECT CAN PROCEED TO SEEK A BUILDING PERMIT By Stan Zimmerman City Editor NEWS

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