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Siesta Promenade formal review process underway

By Rachel Brown Hackney

The application for the proposed Siesta Promenade project on the northwest corner of the intersection of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road has been deemed sufficient, Sarasota County Planning and Development Services staff has announced.

The formal review process of the request for a Critical Area Plan (CAP) designation and a rezoning began on July 17, a county fact sheet explained. That review is expected to take about 45 days, it noted.

A neighborhood workshop is expected to be scheduled at the conclusion of that formal review, county Planning and Development staff has reported.

The first public hearing on Siesta Promenade is anticipated about 30 days after the end of the formal review, the fact sheet explained. That would be conducted during a county Planning Commission meeting. Then, approximately 45 days later, the County Commission public hearing would be scheduled, the fact sheet said.

Benderson Development Co. has sought the CAP designation so it can pursue residential density up to 25 units per acre on the approximately 23-acre project site. Benderson’s most recent proposal calls for 479 residential units, encompassing 414 condominiums and 130 hotel rooms. Thus, the proposed density is 20.8 units per acre, the fact sheet said.

The proposed project also calls for up to 133,000 square feet of retail space and 7,000 square feet of office space, the fact sheet pointed out.