Lemon Avenue Streetscape to be focus of Dec. 17 open house in SRQ Media Studio in City Hall Annex

Session to be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

This rendering shows the plans for the South Lemon Avenue Streetscape project. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

Members of the public are invited to learn about the City of Sarasota’s Lemon Avenue Streetscape project during an open house with city staff that has been scheduled for Monday, Dec.17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the city has announced.

The session will be held in the SRQ Media Studio in the City Hall Annex, which is located at 1565 First St. in downtown Sarasota.

The streetscape improvements, which will stretch from the existing Lemon Avenue mall to Pineapple Avenue, “will include replacing the asphalt street with brick pavers, removing the curbs to create a more open, pedestrian-friendly experience and transforming the public area surrounding Paul Thorpe Jr. Park into an attractive, welcoming space,” a news release explains. Click here to see a rendering of the project.

Three exhibits will be on display at the open house, depicting each of the three sections of the project: the existing Lemon Avenue mall (between Main Street and First Street), the Lemon Avenue corridor linking the mall and Paul Thorpe Jr. Park, and the view of Paul Thorpe Jr. Park to the south from the intersection of Lemon Avenue and Pineapple Avenue, the release adds.

The project design team and city staff will be on hand to explain the plans and answer questions, the release notes. A formal presentation will not be made, the release points out.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-May 2019, shortly after Mother’s Day, the release adds. “To minimize construction impacts, City staff coordinated closely with downtown merchants and ongoing construction at The Mark,” it notes.