Sarasota is filled with amazing modern architecture. A recent morning walk along the bayfront was spent looking up and admiring the varied, angular roof lines.
Top left to right
Van Wezel Concert Hall, 1970, William Wesley Peters, Taliesin Architects
GWiz, 1976, Skidmore & Merrill and Jack West; restoration 2000, Dale Parks, CCP Architects
Beau Ciel Condominium, 2003, Curtis Gaines Hall Jones Architects
The Van Wezel and GWiz buildings are under threat as the future of Sarasota’s bayfront is reimagined by the community-based Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization.
The Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) was formed in 2016, building on work completed by the Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 organization to advance the development of City-owned land along the Sarasota Bayfront. This private-public partnership with the City of Sarasota is headed by a nine-person board: chairman A.G. Lafley, treasurer Cathy Layton, secretary Jennifer Compton, Tom Barwin, Al Carlson, Keith Dubose, Michael Klauber, Rob Lane and Cynthia McCague. The SBPO is tasked with ensuring the delivery of a professionally prepared master plan for the sustainable development of the 42-acre Sarasota Bayfront in accordance with the Guiding Principles established by the community and the City of Sarasota Commission. The SBPO will oversee the development of an operating structure that will professionally manage the Sarasota Bayfront Project during and following construction.
Six stakeholder representatives serve, along with board member Michael Klauber, on the Steering Committee as an independent organization:
Bob Pirollo – Downtown Sarasota Condo Association
Steven Roskamp – North Trail Redevelopment Partnership
Cultural and Educational Organizations
Jim Shirley – Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
Dr. Larry R. Thompson – Ringling College of Arts and Design
Kevin Cooper – Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Bill Seider – The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Master plan proposals were submitted from 22 teams and 4 teams were selected for final interviews on October 3 – 4, 2017. The winning prime consultant will be selected on October 11, 2017.