City of Sarasota to unveil ‘full street’ designs next week

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The City of Sarasota will unveil draft concepts for building “complete streets” on 10th Street and Arts Boulevard at two upcoming open houses.

A complete street is an age-friendly design that promotes safe travel to and from a destination, whether by foot, bike, public transit, or car. It is also accessible to everyone who uses it and gives a sense of community. Each complete street is unique to the community and may include different features such as improved sidewalks, street lighting, benches, street trees and landscaping, public art and more. The projects will alter various intersections along the corridors that encompass traditionally underserved neighborhoods, as well as historic neighborhoods. This project also connects communities to recreational trails, employment centers, parks, essential services, schools, public amenities, the Rosemary District, Central Cocoanut, Gillespie Park, downtown, the Quay and at Bay Park.

A community survey of the project conducted in February received more than 1,000 responses. Public input was incorporated into the conceptual designs for the Complete Streets, which will be presented in two sessions on Monday, May 23 at the City Hall Annex. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the designs and share feedback that will help transform these hallways and the Boulevard of the Arts-US 41 intersection.

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