May 1 Neighborhood Workshop on Siesta Promenade plans to begin at 6 p.m.

Application provides Zoom sign-in details

At 6 p.m. on Monday, May 1, a Kimley-Horn consulting firm representative will host a Neighborhood Workshop regarding the proposed changes to the Siesta Promenade mixed-use development’s layout, according to the formal workshop application filed with Sarasota County’s Planning and Development Services Department.

Philip DiMaria, a project manager in planning for Kimley-Horn, will conduct the session via Zoom, the application notes.

To join the Zoom webinar by computer or tablet, go to

For a person using a one-tap mobile device, the application offers these numbers:

  • +13052241968 — 91491206954# US
  • +13092053325 — 91491206954# US

Because of extensive modifications to the plans the County Commission approved on Dec. 12, 2018, the county’s Planning Division staff is requiring not only the workshop but also new public hearings before the Planning Commission and the County Commission. The dates for those hearings have yet to be announced.

Siesta Promenade, which is a Benderson Development Co. project, still will contain 414 apartments/condominiums, a 130-room hotel, 133,000 square feet of retail space and 7,000 square feet of office space on approximately 24 acres, DiMaria has pointed out in correspondence with county Planning staff since the latter part of 2022, as The Sarasota News Leader has reported. The project will be adjacent to the Pine Shores Estates neighborhood; it will stand in the northwest quadrant of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road.

The modified layout does incorporate two single-family home parcels in Pine Shores, which an affiliate of Benderson was able to purchase in August 2019. Both are immediately adjacent to the Siesta Promenade site.

That affiliate — Siesta 41 Associates LLP — formally is the developer of Siesta Promenade, as shown in documents submitted to county staff.

The parcels comprise 0.78 acres, the workshop application says. Benderson is seeking to rezone them from Residential Multi-Family 1 to Commercial General, “to provide a consistency of zoning designations,” the application adds.

Originally, subsequent to the purchase of those parcels, Benderson indicated its intent to add 16 dwelling units to Siesta Promenade. During a July 29, 2021 workshop regarding traffic-calming measures for Pine Shores — which were a stipulation in the County Commission’s approval of the development — DiMaria announced that Benderson no longer was seeking that extra residential space.

The latest, March 29 version of the Siesta Promenade layout places all of the residential structures next to a portion of Pine Shores Estates. None of those structures has been designed to stand taller than 40 feet.

The layout also shows parallel parking spaces next to Siesta Promenade, along Glencoe Avenue in Pine Shores.

The application points out that the May 1 webinar will not be a public hearing. “The purpose of this virtual workshop is for the Applicant to explain to the neighboring residents the [the proposed revisions to the original plans] as well as to solicit suggestions/questions” related to those plans, the application says.