Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Commissioners Shannon Snyder, Willie Charles Shaw and Terry Turner voted to deny Walmart's site plan approval for a Supercenter downtown.
If Walmart wants to build a new store in the Ringling Shopping Center, the big box will have to go to court. The City Commission on Tuesday night narrowly denied Walmart's site plan for a proposed 98,000-square-foot Supercenter on Ringling Boulevard. Commissioners Shannon Snyder, Vice Mayor Willie Charles Shaw and Terry Turner voted to deny the site plan while Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Commissioner Paul Caragiulo voted against. The hearing was continued from Feb. 19. "The applicant is proposing, essentially, a suburban big box store in an urban environment," Turner said. The City Commission was tasked with deciding whether the Walmart's site plan complies the the CSC-N zoning code. "It brings forth the flaws presently found in our codes," …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
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City Commission decided to finish meeting at the later date because of the length of Tuesday's meeting. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested 30 people in Operation Intercept II. Goodwill Manasota's 30,000-square-foot store opened Tuesday evening to shoppers. A collection of Herb Ritts' iconic photography will be on display until May 19 at the Ringling Museum of Art. Musicians from Sarasota Orchestra disguised themselves as passengers, flight attendants and even a pilot and surprised airport visitors with an impromptu performance last month. Sign up for the Sarasota Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
City Commission decided to finish meeting at the later date because of the length of Tuesday's meeting.
The next chapter of the proposed Walmart Supercenter on Ringling Bouelvard will be continued Feb. 26. The City Commission voted to continue the meeting at 6 p.m., Feb. 26 at City Hall due to the length of the Tuesday's meeting, which wrapped up at 11:18 p.m. The commission still had 40 people, at about 3 minutes per speaker, left to get through the meeting, including their own deliberations, putting the next meeting at least two hours long. The City Commission is tasked with deciding whether the Walmart's site plan complies the the CSC-N zoning code. Walmart officials as well as Timothy Litchet, director of Neighborhood and Development Services, laid out that the store is allowed in the Commercial Shopping Center-Neighborhood because it is…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Walmart Stores issued a statement Tuesday reacting to the City Commission's decision to grant a de novo hearing on the Ringling Walmart.
Now that a de novo hearing will be granted for a group of six Alta Vista residents to try to stop the Ringling Boulevard Walmart Supercenter, Walmart Stores is making its case. Walmart issued a statement to Patch on Tuesday regarding its store and the planned de novo hearing: "We appreciate the opportunity to present our plan for the Ringling Shopping Center to the city commission. We believe – as did the city’s planning staff – that our project meets the applicable zoning requirements. Our plans were approved by Sarasota’s Planning Board, which agreed that no zoning changes or exemptions were needed and that the existing zoning on the site (where the Publix had been located) is consistent with the type of retail activity Walmart would …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Council votes 4-1 to schedule a de novo hearing to consider whether the approval of the Walmart site plan should be repealed.
The City Commission will hear out arguments why Walmart should not be built at the Ringling Shopping Center. The City Commission voted the required super majority vote 4-1, to allow the hearing. Commissioner Paul Caragiulo voted against. A subsequent vote determining the aggrieved parties in the appeal passed 5-0. "We have concerns about the increased amount of traffic that will go though with a store this size," said Bob Turffs, attorney for the appellants. The earliest a de novo hearing can be held is Feb. 4. The appellants are officially: Developer Ron Burks is listed in a Nov. 25 email from Kirschner to the city as another party involved in the appeal, but his name does not appear on the updated materials before the commission. …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The proposed Walmart Supercenter would replace the Ringling Shopping Center at Ringling Boulevard and Lime Avenue.
Correction: The Planning Board decision is final and the plans do not go to the city commission for approval. The first Walmart Supercenter in Sarasota in city limits will be built after the Planning Board approved the site plan Wednesday night. Walmart proposed a 24-hour, 98,000-square-foot store to replace the Ringling Shopping Center that includes a vacant Publix and several stores that are due to leave the shopping center empty. The Planning Board approved the planl 3-2. Planning Board member Jennifer Ahearn-Koch opposed the plan because she believed Walmart met the definition of a department store, which wouldn't be allowed in the neighborhood commercial zoning. Planning Board member Susan Chapman also believed the plan didn't meet …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Walmart officials met with residents and community leaders Wednesday night about a proposed supercenter at Ringling Shopping Center in downtown Sarasota.
Inside Payne Auditorium Wednesday, residents and local community leaders had their first look at the architectural drawings of the proposed downtown Walmart Supercenter. If it all goes to plan, the city's oldest shopping center will be demolished to make way for a Walmart Supercenter. Walmart is proposing a 24-hour, 98,000-square-foot store to replace the Ringling Shopping Center that includes a vacant Publix and several stores that are due to leave the shopping center empty. Walmart officials addressed a wide arrange of topics ranging from access to Payne Park, working with local businesses and delivery truck traffic. "The same amount of deliveries that Publix, Ace Hardware and everybody else in that strip mall receives would not be even…
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Main area Walmart is asked to detail in site plan for Ringling Shopping Center supercenter will be aesthetics of the building.
A proposed Walmart Supercenter at Ringling Shopping Center will move onto the next phase with mainly minor tweaks to worry about and the biggest is detailing the aesthetics of the building and property. The city's Development Review Committee reviewed Walmart's pre-application with Josh Bryant of cph engineers, which provided the site sketch of the proposed 97,779-square-foot Walmart Supercenter featuring groceries and general merchandise and more. The shopping center — the oldest in the city — would be demolished to build the store. The committee reviews technical specifications in these pre-application sessions so businesses can prepare a better site plan and packet for when it moves forward to the Planning Board. A voluntary community …