Over the past decade, significant revisions to the Siesta Promenade proposal have been incorporated in response to feedback from the community. What began as a proposal for a very dense mixed-use center, led to an all commercial shopping center in 2014 that can still be built today without any legislative decision by the County.
The current village-style mixed-use application maximizes compatibility, reduces impacts and no longer requests the maximum allowable density under the Critical Area Plan (CAP).
2006 High Density Mixed-Use including 575 Residential Units, 188,100 SF Retail, 22,500 SF Office, 30,800 SF Retail/Office, 220-Room Hotel. (Click images to Enlarge)
Retail-Only v. Mixed-Use Plan:
- Retail-only transitions quickly from commercial to single-family residential in the surrounding neighborhood. Conversely, the current mixed-use plan adds a residential buffer, transitioning from the single-family Pine Shores neighborhood to Multifamily residential to commercial.
- Retail-only creates a substantial amount of surface parking, resulting in less real property tax revenue per acre than the mixed-use plan currently proposed.
- Retail-only generates more traffic than the mixed-use project, but, as a function of the County’s Mobility Fee Ordinance (January 2016), the commercial development would be less accountable for potential off-site improvements due to the fact that the County ‘shall not apply traffic concurrency standards to them.’ (Transportation Policy 1.3.12)
General Benefits of Mixed-Use Projects
- Spurs revitalization & enhances vitality
- Encourages high quality design by providing both greater flexibility and more control
- Promotes a village-style mix of retail, restaurants, offices, civic uses, and multi-family housing
- Provides more housing opportunities and choices
- Increases affordable housing opportunities
- Enhances an area’s unique identity and development potential (e.g., village centers, locations near bike
paths, or “gateway” areas that announce a community’s strengths)
- Promotes pedestrian & bicycle travel
- Reduces auto dependency, roadway congestion, and air pollution by co-locating multiple destinations
- Promotes a sense of community
- Promotes a sense of place
- Encourages economic investment
- Promotes efficient use of land and infrastructure
- Guides development toward established areas,
protecting outlying rural areas and environmentally
- Improves a municipality’s Commonwealth Capital score
- Embodies “Smart Growth”
Siesta Promenade Community Benefits:
Additionally, sidewalk gaps will be completed at the following locations:
- Hazelwood St. from Glencoe Ave. to Beechwood Ave.
- Southwood St. from Beechwood Ave. to Phillipi Estate Park (via Wildwood Ave).
Stickney Point Road and US 41 are both major corridors and define a commercial area that is sensitive relative to the unique quality and value of Siesta Key. As such, Benderson understands the importance of ensuring the project is compatible with the existing roadways to ensure safer, more efficient travel through the area. That is why several improvements are proposed to the road network following a detailed traffic analysis that has been thoroughly reviewed by FDOT and Sarasota County.
The current mixed-use CAP plan proposed for Siesta Promenade is the right approach for this major commercial thoroughfare because it creates significantly LESS TRAFFIC than a proposal allowable under General Commercial zoning. Specifically, the current proposal creates 20% fewer weekday peak-hour trips and 24% fewer weekend peak hour trips than would a General Commercial zoning proposal for the 150 hotel rooms and 250,000 SF of retail allowed as of right. The inter-connectivity promoted by mixed-use development encourages multimodal transportation to minimize vehicular trips. (See diagrams in “Enhanced Connectivity & Streetscapes” section above).
The intersections and roadways within the study area are expected to operate at acceptable LOS with the build-out year (2024) total traffic, with the following improvements:
- Extension of the existing westbound merge lane to create a continuous westbound right turn lane along SR 72/Stickney Point Road from US 41 to Avenue B and C;
- Installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of SR 72/Stickney Point Road & Avenue B and C;
- Construction of an exclusive eastbound left-turn lane at SR 72/Stickney Point Road & Avenue B and C;
- Construct a southbound to westbound right-turn lane from US 41 to Crestwood Avenue (based upon the availability of Right-of Way).
- Realign Crestwood Avenue consistent with the Development Concept Plan
- Extend the US 41 northbound dual left turn lanes to provide additional stacking.
Traffic calming improvements will be employed along adjacent residential, local streets based upon a collaborative process with the neighborhood administered by County Public Works Staff to determine the most appropriate traffic calming measures to preserve the cohesion and integrity of existing neighborhood environments and mitigate transportation impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods. Implementation of measures that the County determines are feasible will follow this public input process to address the speed and volume of traffic on local roadways within the surrounding neighborhood.
Stickney Point Rd:
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