Land-use expansion sought
The owners of Woodmere Village at Jacaranda will be making a request to expand their land allocation by 10,000 square feet at the Sarasota County Development Review Committee meeting Thursday.
Woodmere Village is located on the northwest corner of the Jacaranda Boulevard-U.S. 41 intersection in South Venice. There is presently a Racetrac gas station and convenience store, the Center for Surgical Excellence medical office, a Walgreens drugstore and a BB&T Bank on the property facing Tamiami Trail. Geoffrey Morris, one of the property owners, said Tuesday the expansion is necessary if the property wants to attract new businesses in the future.
“The buildings that have been built on the land have exhausted almost all of the square footage we have that was allotted to us for the property,” Morris said. “We have about 3,000 square feet left and we’ve got two vacant lots left in the back, so we’re asking for the additional 10,000 square feet so we can have building space available, should somebody want to come in and build.”
Woodmere Village was first approved as a mixed-use of residential, commercial, office and public civic uses by the Sarasota County Commission in 1984. Since Morris and his group took over the property in 1989, several amendments have been passed regarding the property, including one in 2002 that increased square footage allocations for commercial and office use and another in 2005 that rezoned part of the property to commercial and industrial use.
If buildings are built on the lots, infrastructure is already in place at Jacaranda Pointe, and no additional improvements would need to be made to Pointe Loop Drive or existing utility and stormwater systems. Stormwater ponds are already in place at the east and west ends of the lots that will be able to handle any water runoff from the properties. Pointe Loop Drive also provides direct access to the properties and ensures that no access points or driveways to U.S. 41 or Jacaranda Boulevard would need to be modified.
Morris said that no one has contacted him about either of the lots, but hopes that will change once the extra space is approved.
“It could probably be used for office buildings, or for whoever wants them for whatever reason,” Morris said.
The DRC meeting is set for 9 a.m. Thursday in Conference Room 2 at 1001 Sarasota Center Blvd., off Fruitville Road in Sarasota.