Consulting firm to discuss Sarasota bayfront master plan
by: David Conway | News Editor
Organizations are continuing to work on a master plan for city-owned bayfront property surrounding the Van Wezel, holding a meeting with a consulting firm this afternoon to discuss public/private partnership possibilities.
Visit Sarasota County will be hosting representatives from development consultant HR&A Advisors today at Ringling College. According to a memo from Michael Klauber, Visit Sarasota County Board of Directors chairman, HR&A will outline the history of other public/private redevelopment projects to which they have contributed. Klauber says the focus will be on how other communities united behind common goals to complete those projects.
Klauber and Visit Sarasota County, with the help of other local groups, have led the charge on the Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 visioning process. The organizations hope to create a long-term plan for up to 75 acres of bayfront land around the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, including some private property such as the former Quay site.
The group outlined its plans to the Sarasota City Commission in March, which was receptive to the work that had been done to date. Still, commissioners indicated an interest in a slow-moving process, recommending against the involvement of an outside consultant and declining to get the city involved at this point.
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