Residents speak out on Gulfstream development
Date: January 13, 2014
by: David Conway | News Editor
Tim Litchet, the city’s director of Neighborhood and Development Services, speaks at a meeting regarding a proposed bayfront development on Monday at City Hall.
City staff was forced to haul extra seats into Room 112 at City Hall Monday, as the crowd inside had expanded beyond the space’s original capacity in advance of a meeting regarding a controversial traffic study.
Vue Sarasota Bay is a condominium and hotel project under development at the corner of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue. The Kolter Group, the project’s developer, has waited for a final seal of approval from the city while staff considered whether a traffic study, commissioned by the city, met the standards outlined in the zoning code and comprehensive plan.
The major contentions from the Ritz Residences are that the traffic study didn’t measure the development’s impact on adjacent streets or provide a satisfactory plan for managing internal traffic. City Attorney Robert Fournier said last week those complaints had some merit. In particular, the intersection of U.S. 41 and Ritz Carlton Drive — which wasn’t studied because it’s not signalized — would see significant backups, Ritz residents at Monday’s meeting asserted.
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