This is the scene on Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota. After years of discussion, construction is underway at last for a public parking garage. A square, boring box??? Not in Sarasota! By the end of 2010 this is what will be here:
It was designed by local architect Jonathan Parks. While you can't really see it from this rendering, the white panels are supposed to be designed to look like sails, to incorporate a nautical theme, since Sarasota Bay is just a couple of blocks away. The ground floor will be lined with shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes.