Affordable Housing

September 15, 2006

In an effort to create much needed affordable housing in Sarasota, the city commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a land-use change that would allow a developer to build a 400 unit condominium in the Alta Vista neighborhood along School Avenue. Such affordable housing is badly needed in Sarasota as businesses and county government are having trouble attracting employees who can afford to live in Sarasota.

This new condominium would set aside 130 of it’s units for hospital employees as well as for law enforcement and educators. As with all good things, someone always stands in oppositions. In this case it is the neighbors of the Alta Vista neighborhood. They are concerned with the projects impact on traffic and feel that the projects high density would be inconsistent with their residential neighborhood. The proposed development of 9,5 acres would include now vacant Scott’s store and would improve the area surrounding Payne Park. Click to view location of Payne Park and proposed development.


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