More Sarasota Roundabouts Set


Sarasota marks its 100 years of cityhood in 2014 without much fanfare save for an “On the Street Where You Live” presentation by the Historical Society of Sarasota County in January which detailed the colorful local real estate history. Be that as it may, Sarasota Bay Real Estate reports that city authorities and the community have joined hands in many noteworthy efforts contributory to the continuing growth of the city.

The city’s Bayfront Connectivity Plan is one of the most visible of these endeavors, as among its components is a series of six roundabouts along the stretch of US 41. These structures, as shown in other parts of the US, help a lot in defining a city’s character and enhancing the walkability sought by most urban home buyers.

Boom for downtown condos

More Sarasota Roundabouts Set

The planned US 41 roundabouts include those for Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street where a blue band of bricks marks the former Sarasota shoreline. This is a coastal site prior to the dredging and filling for US 41 and Island Park. It is historically significant as it is where a band of 60 Scottish settlers landed in Sarasota, drawn by the Florida Mortgage & Investment Co., thereby setting the early foundations of real estate ventures in the city.

The seventh roundabout under consideration is at Ringling Blvd. Others in the Bayfront connectivity blueprint include roundabouts at 10th Street, 14th Street, Fruitville Road, and Orange Avenue, all of which can significantly enhance walkability and marketability of many Sarasota downtown condos for sale.

Private fundraising underway

The proponents of the additional roundabout at Ringling Blvd. believe that improved traffic flow and safety advantages aren’t only the benefits from its construction. They contend that it will also enable pedestrians and cyclists better access around the area.

Notably, a Longboat Key resident and engineer, Ernie Kretzmer, has set off a fundraising campaign for the Ringling Blvd. roundabout with a $200,000 donation to the city. Kretzer, a longtime roundabout advocate, maintains that, as a whole, these structures do help improve the quality of life in a city.

Successful Plaza template

The benefits of a city roundabout in Sarasota can now be appreciated at Five Points in the city downtown. Opened in August 2011, it enables easier and much safer crossing for pedestrians and local residents, like those at Plaza at Five Points and neighboring condominiums. Central and Pineapple avenues, as well as Main Street, feed into this roundabout, providing easy access to the many life and leisure attractions in the area.