TOWN CENTER MASTER PLAN
When Arvida developed the master plans for the southern part of Longboat Key, a Town Center was envisioned in the central part of the island where major services would be located, such as local government, shopping, and social spaces. The area was to be the central gathering space for the community, where residents and visitors could interact with their government, take in a small cultural activity, enjoy a good meal, shop, stroll along attractive walkways, or just get together for a cup of coffee.
Over the years, many of the envisioned services were developed. However, the area lacked the connecting elements that would allow the Town Center to reach its full potential. Land developed in pieces, rather than in a cohesive fashion that would provide residents and visitors the opportunity to gather and enjoy many of the envisioned amenities.
The idea of a cohesive Town Center recently returned to the forefront of the community’s planning efforts, due in part to the opportunity to purchase a large tract of undeveloped land at the heart of the Town Center area. The community recognized the potential to use this land to make the missing connections and to bring additional civic spaces to the area, such as a cultural center, park, and other community gathering spaces.
This is the final piece that will tie the area together. With the purchase of the property completed, the Town is moving forward to bring to fruition the community’s vision of a true Town Center concept.
Tindale Oliver Design has been hired by the town of Longboat Key to complete a project focused on the Town Center. The goal of the Town and the consultant team is to create a more walkable, mixed-use environment to serve as the heart of the Longboat Key Community.
This project is focused on conceptual planning in support the reimagining of the Town Center near the intersection of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Bay Isles Parkway. This location is the current home of many of the Key's commercial businesses, including the recently-rebuilt Publix Shopping Center, which is the only grocery store on the island. This area is also the home to several Town-owned properties, including Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, Town Hall, Bicentennial Park, and Longboat Library. The project will be to establish conceptual master plans for the Town Center property.
Over the next 6-8 months, members of the community, stakeholders, and a steering committee will direct designers and planners to complete conceptual master plans for three future development scenarios that define form, use, and quality of the built environment. These scenarios will be shaped through a market analysis, public outreach series of events, and a utility and engineering feasibility assessment. A final master plan will be refined based on input from the Town Commission.
The following are important milestones to complete the Longboat Key Town Center concepts:
Following the completion of the Master Plan in April 2015, Phase II of the project will begin. This phase will include the development of a zoning overlay district to implement the master plan concept.
For more information:
Longboat Key Contact:
Alaina Ray, AICP
Planning, Zoning & Building
Longboat Key, FL 34228-3196
Evan Johnson, AICP, LEED AP
1000 N. Ashley Drive Suite 400
Tampa, FL 33602