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Longboat and Sarasota infrastructure projects

by Roger Pettingell

Infrastructure projects for the future

Sarasota and Longboat Key proceeding with major construction projects

Intersection at corner of 14th Street and US41
14th Street roundabout - A temporary traffic light was added for traffic while a roundabout is constructed.

If you’ve been away from Sarasota for a few months you may be amazed at the new construction downtown. If you live here year round, your patience is needed so the necessary road and infrastructure is put in place to accommodate the BLVD and multi-year development of the old Quay property. The new Ritz-Carlton Grande is the first to start on that piece of land, with progress appearing before our eyes.

The latest boon in downtown development continues after the completion of the Westin – Vue Sarasota and Embassy Suites, and others in various stages of construction. All these extra hotel rooms and residences will significantly place a burden on the infrastructure. City planners are actively upgrading to accommodate the volume in traffic and services required. The progress is transforming Sarasota and most see it as a good thing.

The first road construction project at the corner of Ringling Boulevard at US41 had a turn lane installed and a new Hawk pedestrian crossing. It might be a little unsettling for the first time to know that you can legally drive through a flashing red light with no pedestrians in the crosswalk. This project completed mostly during nighttime hours had only a few inconvenienced.

It is an entire different project from Centennial Park to the Sarasota Bay Club where the major road expansion is underway. Drainage and utility services were restructured with the preliminary phase complete. The tie-in to the main services will take place within the next couple of weeks as reported by FDOT.

Intersection at corner of 10th Street and US41
10th Street roundabout - Traffic pattern changes and street widening is expected to be completed next year.

The US41 road expansion continues, with crews working mostly after 6 PM and before 6 AM. Sidewalks have been closed in areas and the main boat trailer entrance at 10th Street has been diverted to an area opposite of the Publix into Centennial Park. Even the northbound drivers can enter the park with access to the boat ramps. Drivers are urged to proceed with caution to account for the disruption of pedestrian and traffic patterns.

Roundabouts are considered a nuisance by some, or a blessing by others. The transportation experts have determined they will be required to keep a meaningful traffic flow when the construction projects are completed. The roundabouts at the two locations of 10th Street and 14th Street will coincide with the widening of US41 to six lanes, 10-foot sidewalks on the west and 6-foot sidewalks on the east between these two intersections. Parking for the Preserve is now across the street on the north side of 14th Street.

Phase I, or nine acres of the 53-acre parcel of Quay land labeled as The Bay, is planned to be completed in two years after its start, road construction in the area is expected to be completed next spring. The southern edge of The Bay will have its boundary at Boulevard of the Arts and extend through the existing Centennial Park to the new Sunset Boardwalk, a circular elevated structure that protrudes out into Sarasota Bay. The Bayside Lawn at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall forms the northern edge of Phase I. Discussion continues on the future of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Also in the early plans is a design showing another roundabout at Boulevard of the Arts but it’s not listed with FDOT and still appears on the project maps.

Center statues for the roundabouts have been submitted by local artists. Two designs will be selected by the City Commission through a vetting process, down to the final six, with residents weighing in through social media. Landscaping is planned for the roundabouts and the Boulevard of the Arts intersection.

Fiber optic underground service
No overhead utility lines - That is the goal for Longboat Key as workers bury fiber-optic lines on the Gulf of Mexico Drive southern end in separate projects involving power, utilities and street lights

Longboat Key has started its infrastructure project to bury utility lines. The goal is to prevent outages from storms and install street lights along Gulf Of Mexico Drive. The new lights will also service cell phone users with built-in transmission relays. The $48 million project is expected to be completed 2022. Funds were approved by voters in two separate referendums. The budget is to be kept separate between the first vote for utilities along Gulf of Mexico Drive and funds for the neighborhoods.

That completion date may depend on weather, and final discussions on the height of the street lights. Research has heights of 32 to 46 feet along Gulf of Mexico Drive and 26 to 41 feet along side streets. The project involves replacing Longboat Key’s 281 poles. Some concern has also been raised to ensure that 5G technology is implemented for cell service. The newest technology will bring in faster data speeds and improve cell phone reception. The plan is to marry these projects to one that involves a fiber-optic backbone on Longboat Key currently underway. Longboat Key has developed a website to provide updates at LBKUtilityUndergrounding.com. You can also sign-up for updates through your email address.

No more overhead lines for cable, power and phone service. The projects have started to prevent outages, safety and aesthetically pleasing. These improvements can help sell homes. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

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Summer home inventories for Sarasota

by Roger Pettingell

Unlisted properties and pre-listings

Available off-market properties as we prepare for peak selling season

The summer inventory and buyer market in REALTALK™ #209
Summer Inventory - Strategies for off-market listings are discussed in this REALTALK™ #209 video

When you move from the northern states it may take some time to adjust to the peak selling cycles here in Sarasota. As the snow melts and the grass begins to turn green might be the best time to list in the Midwest and Northeast states. But October to Easter are the hot sales months for the market in Florida. It is a simple concept, snowbirds that are here during the winter months have a desire to stay once they are exposed to what there is to offer in climate, entertainment and recreation under these sunny skies.

The summer allows us time to relax and to plan for the peak season. Before we know it, October is here and we start the daily routines of showings and listings. The inventory is low in August and with good reasons. Accumulating a high number of days on the market may be less appealing to potential buyers so sellers will take them off the market in order to reset the number of days to zero. These homes are still available as inventory, buyers may have to search a little harder or call a Realtor who likely has knowledge of these homes ready to sell. I discuss these strategies in REALTALK™ #209.

Some properties remain on the market. Sometimes they are listed in the summer because there may be a limited supply in a particular community. That’s an opportunity some sellers don’t want to pass up. There are buyers in the summer and unable to find anything in a neighborhood they like is discouraging. There are a variety of other reasons why sellers prefer to list their homes any time of the year. All are valid, and if attractive and priced right will offer a good home to a potential buyer.

We have listings that are available for sale that you will see reenter the market starting in the fall. We also have several new listings that are off the market now but poised to be listed in MLS soon. Please contact us at (941) 387-1840 to schedule a showing of these properties or to see the other residences in our inventory.

 
415 L'Ambiance Dr, PH-F

The stunning sunrise-to-sunset panoramic views offered at this designer penthouse residence are breathtaking! You will fall in love with the upgrades, elaborate terrace space and custom features at this 4,900+ SF beach home.
$7,495,000 - Click here for the video

415 L'Ambiance Dr, PH-F - Click here for the website
3010 Grand Bay Blvd, #461

This updated Antigua residence is a rare opportunity to enjoy a direct-bayfront lifestyle in designer luxury. Offering nearly 3,000 SF and a wraparound terrace, you will love the direct bay, golf course, downtown and marina views.
$1,895,000 - Click here for the video

Grand Bay 461 - Click here for the website
3531 Fair Oaks Lane

The treat of maintenance-free living behind secure club gates can be yours to immediately enjoy at this 4BR Queens Harbour residence. Cathedral ceilings, a neutral decor, lovely updates and lush lake views welcome you.
$1,295,000 - Click here for the video

3531 Fair Oaks Lane - Click here for the website
2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #103

Walk out directly from this beautiful 3BR beach getaway to enjoy pristine Gulf beach and azure waters. You will love the modified layout and open concept, tile flooring, impact windows/sliders, new kitchen, plus three designer baths.
$999,000 - Click here for the video

2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #103 - Click here for the website
3988 Losillias Drive, Sarasota

Relax in the backdrop of the private TPC Prestancia Golf & Social Club off the golf course fairway in this four-bedroom, 4,800+ SF dream home. Complete with three-car attached garage in this prestigious gated community.
$949,000

3988 Losillias Dr
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #262

Panoramic 6th-floor direct bay views that stretch out to downtown and the Gulf of Mexico welcome you to this lovely 3BR residence. Relax the day away on the wraparound terrace and relish bay breezes.
$799,000

Grand Bay 262
1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #502

Fifth-floor views of tranquil lakes, fountains, the lush Beachplace community and reaching out to the Gulf of Mexico, that create a wonderful move-in ready environment at this 2BR residence, waiting for you to make it your own.
$519,000

1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #502 - Click here for the website

The classic and historic Sarasota Opera House

by Roger Pettingell

Opera House: More than just live opera

Film festivals, classic movies, concerts and more in downtown Sarasota

Opera and more in downtown Sarasota
Opera House - A venue for a variety of performances located at 61 N. Pineapple Ave., downtown Sarasota

The live opera season begins November 1 with six performances of Rigoletto and continues through March 22 with 41 days of opera, a five-opera season for the organization. This downtown venue is home to the Sarasota Opera, now in its 59th season. Opera was first performed in the Historic Asolo Theater on the Ringling grounds, but it wasn’t until 1982 that a permanent home was established when the former A.B. Edwards Theater was purchased and opened as the Sarasota Opera House.

The Opera House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, continues as host to a variety of events and live performances. In 2008 the Opera House underwent a $20 million restoration project to bring it up to its original glory of ornate fixtures, luxury carpeting and interior that brings out the classic opera look but presents itself as a 21st century structure. Under the artistic direction of Victor DeRenzi and Executive Director, Richard Russell, the cultural arts of Sarasota will be preserved for many years.

It has been the home of many different performances and movies, each year with a schedule of classic movies, concerts and lectures. Upcoming events this month include the 1948 classic movie, Key Largo, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, on August 23. On August 25 at 1:30 PM, the opera film Die Walkure is on the big screen.

Throughout the year there are more shows including the last classic movie of the summer season, Young Frankenstein, September 6 followed by the Nutcracker ballet on film that Sunday. Two weeks later, La Traviata, an opera film will be shown. There are other events too, the sixth annual Taste of Downtown is becoming a tradition in Sarasota. The September 21 event ends the summer in Sarasota with entrees prepared by downtown restaurants and craft beers from local breweries.

The concert East Marries West on October 4 brings together Pandit Shubhendra Rao on sitar, Vidushi Saskia Rao-de Haas on the Indian cello, and accompaniment of Aditya Kalyanpur on the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument with a set of drums played like bongos. This world-class performance at 7 PM has tickets available now through their box office.

In October there is a series of discussions with opera themes to help understand opera at the Kamlet Library, including a discussion on how things change have changed, ensembles in opera and Walt Whitman with his passion for the opera. The series of four sessions concludes with a discussion long-time opera fans Richard and Greg.

Opera and more in downtown Sarasota
2008 restoration - A return to the classic opera house

The Jonas Kamlet Library is one of six event spaces that includes the main William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre with its capacity of 1,174. The Kamlet Library is popular for business meetings with seats for 150 guests and a large-screen TV for presentations. The library and Felding Hall & Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard with a 125-person capacity are both available rental venues in a stunning setting.

Three other rooms in the Opera House are lesser known. The Worthington Board Room has 24 seats for a reception or 40 seats set up in banquet style. The Joy Culverhouse Room has a capacity of 95 set up as a theater of 50 when arranged as a classroom. It makes a classic board meeting or retreat room. The large 339-seat Lee and Bob Peterson Great Room has a wide variety of uses for business or personal use such as wedding receptions.

Tours of the Opera House are scheduled on select days in November, February and March. Concerts at noon by apprentice and studio artists are scheduled in the Peterson Great Room, November and March. Visit the Sarasota Opera House website or call (941) 328-1300 for dates and times and to reserve a rental of these facilities, the theater or to rent a set and costumes.

The Sarasota Opera House has played a pivotal role in the annual Sarasota Film Festival, which will be in its 22nd year when it opens March 27, 2020. In past years, the Opera House has been the venue for the opening night film when the red carpet is rolled out for actors, directors and other dignitaries. The Opera House is host to other events during the 10-day festival. This year the Sarasota Film Festival starts out with three screenings this month at SFF Cinematheque, 500 Tallevast Rd, #105. Two classics, The Godfather movie appears August 24 and 2001: A space odyssey will be shown August 31. A special screening of Surviving Lunch is the fictional story of a girl who is moved to Florida by her mother following the death of her father in a mass school shooting. She takes on school bullies in this movie showing on August 24. Each of these SFF screenings is preceded by a film historian discussion and followed with a Q&A session.

Mezzanine level
Mezzanine level view - Total theater seating is 1,174

The Opera House is the place where The Greatest Show on Earth, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Charlton Heston made its Florida premiere when the movie house was named the Florida Theatre. It was mostly filmed in Sarasota during six months of local production in 1950 and made its award winning debut in 1952. The premiere was reenacted in 2017 to kick off its classic movie series. Members of the Circus Arts Conservatory were on hand to perform before the movie. You could feel the excitement from the local audience guests, particularly when the circus made its way through Sarasota and evoked memories from some of the classic businesses shown in the scene.

As for live opera, there is no disappointment there. The Opera House has become world renown for its rejuvenation of classic opera and the Verdi Cycle, his complete works performed. It begins this year with Rigoletto, one of the greatest musical works by Giuseppe Verdi. Love is Dangerous starts a run of Love operas, the second La boheme with Love is Fragile, 13 shows February 8 through March 21. Romeo and Juliet, Love is Forever, February 15 with nine performances ending March 20. The Elixir of Love, Love is Intoxicating, runs February 22 through March 21, with the finale Love Hurts a new production that begins February 7 and ends March 22. Each opera is sung in Italian or French with subtitles flashed along the top of the stage. The complete set of performance dates are on our upcoming schedule of events.

If your passion is the love of the arts, Sarasota is at the center. Named by American Style Magazine as the top arts destination in the country for populations under 100,000, Sarasota produces theatrical arts in opera, orchestra, ballet, concerts and top-quality plays. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

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Update on new Sarasota development projects

by Roger Pettingell

Projects with updated completion dates

These communities are shaping the new skyline of downtown Sarasota

Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota
The Grande - This view from the Hyatt Regency shows the Grande with the current Ritz-Carlton next door.

Downtown development is progressing well. Seemingly one story of construction is unfolding before our eyes each week at the Grande and the BLVD in downtown Sarasota. They are on Tamiami Trail in the most visible area of downtown. The landscape of the Sarasota skyline is changing.

These are the numbers. There are 21 projects under construction citywide and seven have been completed. Of the 84 total construction projects citywide that are in proposal to completion status, 23 are residential and another 20 are mixed-use properties that will support residences and commercial offices or retail stores.

According to a Q1 2019 report by the Economic Development Office, that breaks down to 1,331 residential units in development, 517 under construction and 12 completed for a total of 1,860. That is a lot of inventory for you to review if looking downtown for a great place to settle in Sarasota. The price ranges also from a penthouse suite in the new Grande, the Ritz-Carlton expansion in the development of the old Quay, to more modest residences in the Enclave at Laurel Park. Here are three prominent development sites downtown.

Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota
The Grande - The view from the current Ritz-Carlton

The Grande is one of the first developments in the Quay, poised to make a statement in the world of real estate. Its connection to the Ritz-Carlton by ownership and an eventual physical elevated bridge link will provide its owners with luxury pleasures that Ritz owners come to expect. It is a mixed use development with 72 residences, restaurants and parking garage space for 159 cars, enough for two parking spots for every home owner. Select from a choice of seven floor plans, from a two-bedroom, 3,197 square-foot Plaza 301 plan to the Worthington with four bedrooms and 4,855 square feet of living space.

I have one of the penthouses pending, there is a second one active listed for $6.2 million with four bedrooms, five full baths and a spacious 4,855 square feet of living space. But there are seven other residences available from the fourth floor to the 16th floor of the 18-story building. The views are spectacular of the Sarasota Bay and the amenities are first-rate Ritz-Carlton class. That includes concierge services, a roof-top infinity pool and a state of the art fitness center. The Grande is also marketed as Block 6 of the Quay and Quay Commons. If your plans are for a late 2020 occupancy, the Grande is one of your best options in luxury ownership.

BLVD in downtown Sarasota
BLVD - This 37 residence pet-friendly community is expected to be completed early in 2020.

Across Tamiami Trail and up a couple of blocks, the BLVD Sarasota (aka Boulevard Sarasota) is rapidly approaching its 18-story finished structure. It is also a mixed-use development of residences with a Beach Bistro restaurant and space for retail shops or offices. It is expected to be completed early next year. The BLVD has some unique features not available in other developments. For the golfer, there is a simulator with over 80 courses to play. This is a pet-friendly community with its own pet salon and fifth-floor dog park. Add to that that such amenities as the roof-top infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and fire pits. Its Peloton enhanced fitness center is state of the art.

These three-bedroom residences have floor plans of B, L, V and D, which should be easy to remember. The B plan has a spacious wraparound terrace of 1,700 square feet and 3,630 square feet of living space. The largest floor plan is L, at 3,900 square feet under air. The V and D plans have 3,700 square feet and 3,550 square feet respectively with the blvD plan under construction with a wraparound terrace of 1,530 square feet. There are three active sales of the 37 residences at BLVD.

The Mark in downtown Sarasota
The Mark - This structure is nearing completion in downtown Sarasota with Main Street in the foreground

Off the water a couple blocks in the heart of downtown is The Mark with 157 residences in an 11 story community development. There are multiple floor plans associated to the Plaza, Edge and Landmark 5 residences. Near Main Street and Pineapple Avenue on State Street, this dream location is near everything great that Sarasota has to offer including its restaurants, art galleries, shopping and entertainment venues. Surrounding the lap pool are private cabanas and fire pit lounge area. The 13 penthouses are under contract. This project is nearing completion and has just one active listing in MLS at $925,000, a fifth-floor residence #516. There may be others available, call our office at (941) 387-1840 for a full list or if you have a property to sell or buy. I will be updating the New Construction page of our website this week that has a comprehensive list of projects.

There is a significant update on the Colony development of Longboat Key. In the last couple of weeks the court has decided that it will allow Unicorp Development Co. to submit plans for the dissolution of the Colony Association of Unit Owners, one of the final hurdles to proceed with developing the 17.3 acre site where the famous Colony Beach and Tennis Resort once stood. A final court decision is expected in April of 2020. Plans call for 78 luxury residences and a hotel with 166 rooms operated by St. Regis Hotel and Residences, including luxury services for its guests.

 

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