“We spent nearly 4 years making sure we designed a building everyone in Sarasota would be proud of for years to come.”
by Harold Bubil
In the latest downtown Sarasota turf war, the matter boils down to a simple scenario:
South of Ringling Boulevard, the vintage highrise condominiums have “yards”; the proposed Epoch, an ultra-luxury project of 18 stories, not so much.
With its plans approved by city staff after “nearly seven months” of review, Seaward Development, which bought out and tore down the 5-story, 1974 Versailles condo building at 605 S. Gulf Stream Ave., has done site prep for the Epoch. A building permit was issued on April 12.
Patrick DiPinto III, one of the principals of Seaward Development, said his team, which includes co-developer David Hargreaves, the Miami architecture firm Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe (NBWW) and Sarasota landscape architect David Young, has made special efforts to be compatible.
“We were truly saddened to hear that the neighbors appealed our project. We spent nearly 4 years making sure we designed a building everyone in Sarasota would be proud of for years to come,” DiPinto wrote to me in an email.
“We raised the bar at Epoch and created a new standard for developers to come in Sarasota, as we chose NOT to max out our site and built so much less than what code allows.”
DiPinto makes the following points in defense of his project:
• Although the front of the building is set back just 6 feet from the property line, the tower (floors 11 to 18) is set back another 12 feet.
• The tower (starting at the third floor) is 80 feet wide as opposed to the 100 allowed by code.
• On Palm Avenue, floors 3-18 are set back 105 feet.
• “We added more landscaping and more architectural features like breeze block to blend in with the surrounding buildings.”
• “Our final plan is designed less density than allowed; we are building 23 units when code allows 25. We did not max out the zero lot line regulation that City Code allows. … I haven’t seen many developers give up 20 percent of the best waterfront real estate in a project recently.”
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