While the three entrepreneurs behind the recent $18.1 million purchase of the Hollywood 20 complex on Main Street begin searching for an architectural team to oversee redevelopment of the property, some creative Sarasota residents have ideas of their own.
The Sarasota Observer received dozens of responses to a survey asking what residents want to see developed at the parcel, which sits at the northwest intersection of Main Street and North Washington Boulevard.
Here are some of those ideas, edited for length and content:
"Dave & Buster’s and a central destination restaurant option like Bobby Flay's MESA. A well manicured hardscape. An iconic tourist destination or structure for the city, such as the tallest viewing tower, or some sort of ride or entertainment.” — Kent Hayes
- "Some type of museum or aquarium. It could be something that merges the Sailor Circus with the Ringling and Wallenda history. Every cool city has some type of museum or aquarium downtown. A ferris wheel!” — John Schroeder
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"It would be amazing to have a proper live music venue in Sarasota. This town is full of such amazing musical talent but no proper places to play live music in. I think it would be very benificial for tourism and it can awaken the downtown scene into what it was meant to be.” — Ivana Njegomir
Visit BBCMain.com to submit your ideas for the complex to the owners.