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Sundays with Steve - GWIZ: What is the City's Plan?

Michael Renick

The Key to our success is You!  We understand that.  The strongest aspect of communications is listening...

The Key to our success is You!  We understand that.  The strongest aspect of communications is listening...

Mar 7 2 minutes read

The building that once housed the GWIZ science museum is truly an iconic piece of Sarasota architecture.  Built in 1976, it's soaring geometric shapes and lines make give it a unique design unlike any other in our area.  Originally, the building served as the home of the Selby Library until the library was moved to it's current location in downtown Sarasota.  Later, the property was given a makeover and turned into the GWIZ science museum  However, a lack of funding ultimately forced that museum to close its doors a few years ago and, since then, the building has sat vacant.  Today, the city has some big plans for the bayfront property on which the structure sits.  A grandiose new master planned development called The Bay is planned for the site.  This would include a redeveloped Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, new parking garage, promenade along the water, pedestrian bridges across U.S. 41, a large waterfront restaurant, botanical gardens, and more.  Some want to see the building preserved, repurposed, and incorporated into the new master plan, while others want to see it demolished to make room for something new to take it's place.  What will become of this historic property?  The next city hearing is planned for March 16 to decide it's fate.  Click below to watch the full video with Mike and Steve to find out more!

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