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Plans for Sarasota Design District Unveiled

Sep 01, 2014 03:05AM

Design and home furnishings industry professionals, headquartered on Central Avenue and adjacent streets in Sarasota, have formed an association to brand and promote the area as the Sarasota Design District.  Situated within the boundaries of the city’s historic Rosemary District, association members include architects, interior designers, home builders, cabinet makers and showrooms devoted to flooring, home entertainment, furniture and decorative accessories.


 Michael Bush, president of the Rosemary District and owner of Home Resource, is spearheading the program as head of the new Sarasota Design District Association.  “We feel that the branding of this area as a design district will highlight its professionals, the high standards they set and maintain, and the results of their creative efforts,” he has stated in a recent media release. “The community will benefit from the close association of these professionals and their drive to push the Sarasota Design District to the level of prominence of other design districts in the world.”


Citing plans already in the works for new residential buildings and a possible theater, as well as popular existing Rosemary District restaurants, – such as Lolita Tartine and Darwin’s – Bush says the area continues to build on its roots. “A formalized plan will strengthen our mission to make the Design District a destination for sophisticated local and regional consumers, seeking top quality design, architecture talents and products for the home,” Bush explains.


Ian Black of Ian Black Real Estate says that proposed 400 apartments, currently under consideration for the Rosemary District, will be a game changer. “If that project goes through, it will bring residents in 24-7 and represent a significant boost for new retail and restaurants on Central Avenue. In fact, a study by Gibbs Planning Group, commissioned by the city, found that the Rosemary District can presently support 49,500 square feet of retail and restaurant development,” Black says. “The new design district association will ensure that the trend gains momentum,”


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