Sarasota residents aren’t the only ones raising serious concerns about Selby’s “Master Plan”.
The Florida Department of Transportation has reviewed the project, and flagged a number of concerns, including:
- Garage size: “The volume projections for the development suggest the parking garage is significantly oversized. What was the basis for the size of the parking garage?”
- In-season volume: “The study references observations that occurred in June in the study area. Based on the peak season conversion factors, peak season volumes are approximately 25% higher than June volumes.”
- Traffic back-ups: According to the plan “through movement (which included the right-turn movement) is expected to operate at level of service (LOS) D conditions, the right-turning movement will include approximately 300 vehicles in the weekday PM peak hour. This number typically translates into a need for an exclusive right-turn lane.”
- Safety: “The proposed restriction of the right-turning movement out of the garage access driveway at Orange Avenue would force motorists to turn right on U.S. 41, and then turn right at Orange Avenue to access areas south of U.S. 41 along Orange Avenue. This circuitous route will add more traffic and decrease operating efficiency of the U.S. 41 & Orange Avenue intersection, including potential additional safety conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians and bicyclists.”
If the agency entrusted with transportation administration 1,500 (and counting) Sarasota citizens are all expressing the same concerns, it would behoove Selby’s leadership to try listening and rethinking instead of reflexively defending their out-of-scale plan to commercialize the gardens.