The recent buzz has been about the Sarasota City Commission’s approval of a plan to renovate 52 acres of the Bayfront area within the downtown district with all sorts of appealing amenities, titled The Bay. “We’re very excited to see the city take this step forward,” said Keith Redding, of BLVD Sarasota. “The downtown area will change in unprecedented ways.” The grassroots organization that’s working to help create The Bay, Sarasota Bayfront 20:20, has worked with local businesses and organizations to place this landmark outdoor venue near what many are considering the New Downtown Sarasota, which happens to be adjacent to BLVD Sarasota.
This plan involved working with the community to integrate a variety of features and programs to make the area appealing for everyone. Work on the plan itself has been in motion since 2014. Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 is developing plans in line with the wants and needs of local organizations, and The Bay helped to promote those plans and bring them to the City Commission. In line for development within The Bay are features such as an outdoor amphitheater, walking piers designed to give pedestrians an amazing view of the waterfront and the city skyline, a kayak launch alongside reclaimed mangroves, and even the development of a new cutting edge performing arts center.
The most exciting part of this new development is its proximity to some of the area’s hottest venues. Within The Bay you’ll have the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, and be walking distance from Centennial Park, Marina Jacks, and BLVD Sarasota. Serving as Sarasota’s choice for luxury residences, this is where residents can enjoy being close to some of the best parts of Sarasota while never being far away from the creature comforts.
BLVD Sarasota, a 49-unit luxury condominium project currently under construction on the southeast corner of Boulevard of the Arts and Tamiami Trail, has brought an exciting energy to the city’s vibrant downtown arts district that Sarasota has never seen before. A private door leads you directly to BLVD’s soon to be famous 19th floor pool deck with over 8,000 sq ft of luxurious cabanas, fire features and a zero-horizon heated pool and spa. The life you’ve earned awaits you.
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By YourObserver.com, Alex Mahadevan, News Innovation Editor
A firm owned by developer Kevin Daves bought buildings at 540 North Tamiami Trail for $5.4 million.
Another project may be slated for the corridor next to the former Sarasota Quay, as the developer behind the Ritz-Carlton, has bought two downtown buildings on U.S. 41.
Kevin Daves, using the firm The Blvd Sarasota LLC, bought the former CoCENTRIX property at 540 North Tamiami Trail for $5.4 million last month. Three parcels involved in the transaction total roughly 36,000 square feet.
Daves, president of Core Development, did not respond to multiple calls for comment.
Along with co-developing the Ritz, Core also built the tony Concession in east Manatee County, and has pitched plans for the $200 million Cassia Cay on South Tamiami Trail and partnered with Palsar Development to propose an 18-story condominium building near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road.
Across the street from the CoCENTRIX property, GreenPointe Communities plans to develop up to 695 condominiums and 175 hotel rooms, along with retail and office space as part of the $1 billion Sarasota Bayside project, and Kolter Group is nearly finished with the VUE Sarasota Bay on the same stretch of road. Jebco Ventures is currently building an Embassy Suites within the same corridor.