Developer to Appeal Decision on Mira Mar Demolition
Seaward Development, the developer that has plans to demolish and rebuild on the historic Mira Mar site, is appealing the decision by Sarasota’s Historic Preservation Board to turn down a permit to demolish the building. Seaward is in the process of buying the property from long-time owner Dr. Mark Kaufman. The developer will make its case to the Sarasota City Commission that the Mira Mar is unsafe and should be demolished. Seaward has been a tenant in the building, the company has moved out for the most part, as shoring for the building has not been installed as recommended by the city inspector recommended in June.
The board rejected Seaward’s proposal in June after residents objected to the demolition, feeling that the property is an integral part of Sarasota’s history and should be restored. Seaward, while agreeing with the sentiment that the Mira Mar has historic significance, feels that the building is unsafe and cannot be repaired. The developer plans to construct a 10-story residential/retail building, which would include 70 residential units. Seaward’s vision would honor the historic look and design of the building, the design is to have two floors of retail space with frontage along Palm Avenue and the residential space set back.
A date has not been set for a hearing before the commission.