The Meadows Country Club Projects OK’d


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, April 4th, 2017 – Initiatives at updating and modernizing key areas in The Meadows Country Club, a prime destination for Sarasota homes for sale for over 40 years, have gained some traction recently. The Sarasota County Commission approved this March rezoning of two parcels in this mature country-club community, paving the way for additional dwelling units and improvements in amenities.

The Meadows, developed by Taylor-Woodrow Homes starting around the mid-1970s, currently consists of about 3,500 residences. It has a wide range of neighborhoods composed of garden homes, condos, villas, and single-family homes, all within a 1,650-acre site between University Parkway and Fruitville Road.

More Condos Set

The Meadows Country Club Projects OK’d

One of the rezoned parcels in the Meadows is within a 30-acre Club area on Longmeadow Drive corner Highlands Bridge Road. Here, an additional 179 condominium units and one single-family home have been proposed. A remodeling of the Meadows clubhouse and upgrades of other club facilities, possibly including 75,000-square feet of country club or open space use, are tied with this plan.

The other parcel that the Sarasota commission granted a rezoning is the property of the Meadows Community Association (MCA) on the northeast corner of 17th Street and east of Hammock Place. In this two-acre site, the MCA is planning a two-story building with up to 15,000 square feet of office space.

Environmental Minds Prevail

However, the commission disapproved an MCA petition to rezone a 9.23-acre undeveloped land in the Meadows’ northern section. Located south of 47th Street and north of Hadfield Drive, this MCA parcel would have been developed into a small subdivision with up to 14 single-family homes.

The commission rejected this plan mainly on the concern of the county’s Environmental Protection Division that plans on the property did not properly address preservation of the mesic hammock there. Local residents around the Meadows have also organized strong opposition to a rezoning of this 47th Street parcel. They contended that the Meadows’ planned subdivision would be too close to a treasured canopy road with environmental value to its surrounding neighborhoods.

Reinvigorating the Meadows

The failed bid for a new subdivision, nonetheless, is not a total setback for the Meadows, given that two of the zoning approvals it got are weighty enough to help reinvigorate this golf community. For one, the planned condo units in the club’s property has the potential of adding younger and affluent residents to The Meadows.

Recent market activity within this 1,650-acre enclave has been upbeat with several new sales listings and some deals closing fast as well. In February, a three bedroom, 3,500-square-foot single family home in the Meadows priced at close to the $800s was sold less than a week after its listing.

Market Head-turner

One new listing in this community should draw keen interest from prospective buyers in search of affordably priced Sarasota homes for sale. This newly available residence is priced to sell at the upper $200s, featuring three bedrooms within a floor area of 1,832 square feet.

Late this year, the Meadows stands to get some marketing mileage from the 2017 World Rowing Championship at the Nathan Benderson Park just east of the community. The MCA, in fact, has eased homeowners’ rental restrictions from September to November in order to provide housing options for this prestigious international event.