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Sarasota denies designs for St. Armands Circle boutique resorts, condos

The St. Armands Business Improvement District would like the city of Sarasota to update St. Armands Circle’s zoning regulations.

The town of Sarasota has resolved in opposition to considering a proposal that could bring boutique lodges and condo models to St. Armands Circle.  

A board that signifies the circle’s residence house owners would like the town to update the circle’s zoning polices, envisioning that hotel rooms or condos could be positioned on the second flooring of some buildings. The initially flooring would go on to be occupied by enterprises.  

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For lodges to be permitted on the circle, the metropolis would have to amend its Zoning Code. But, on Monday, metropolis commissioners unanimously denied the St. Armands board’s ask for to have town planning employees create zoning amendments. They expressed issues about site visitors, and some worried about growing progress on the barrier islands.  

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St. Armands Circle is a popular dining and shopping district. The neighborhood around the shopping circle on St. Armands Key, known as Ringling Estates, was one of the early “master-planned” communities in Sarasota.

The St. Armands Company Advancement District’s board of directors, which represents the circle’s assets house owners, came up with the proposal. The board sees flaws in the city’s latest zoning laws for St. Armands. 

“Our zoning requires to be cleaned up on St. Armands,” explained Tom Leonard, the board’s chair. “There’s some holes in it.” 

The board proposed that the code be amended to promote blended-use growth in the district. Hotels, for example, would be allowed on the next floor of properties on the circle. Leonard mentioned he thinks the circle could be household to a few modest boutique hotels.