Public invited to North Trail Redevelopment Forum on July 27 at Van Wezel

Event to feature discussion of future of the corridor, with representatives of city departments and North Trail Redevelopment Partnership participating

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On July 27, the public is invited to learn more about redevelopment on the North Tamiami Trail corridor, when the City of Sarasota hosts a forum presented by Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch, the city has announced.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, in the Grand Foyer of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, which stands at 777 N. Tamiami Trail in downtown Sarasota, a news release notes. Among the topics will be the history of the North Trail Overlay District, vehicular access management on the North Trail and current development projects utilizing the overlay, the release adds.

The forum will include a panel discussion featuring representatives from the city’s Planning, Development Services and Public Works departments, as well as members of the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership organization, the release notes. A question-and-answer session will be conducted, as well, the release says.

“Efforts to create a comprehensive North Trail Overlay District began in 2009 when community leaders, residents and other stakeholders formed the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership to help facilitate positive redevelopment and revitalization along the corridor,” the release explains.

“This forum will be a great opportunity for the community to come together, ask questions and learn more about the future of this important commercial, residential and cultural corridor as our city continues to grow,” said Commissioner Ahearn-Koch in the release.