Sarasota County June 2012 Jan. 2006 Feb. 2009
Downtown Sarasota 12.76% 2.87% 11.06%
LWR & University Pkwy 14.72% 6.23% 17.96%
1-75 at Fruitville Road,
South to Clark Road 26.57% 4.70% 21.32%
Venice 24.74% 18.95% 22.03%
North Port 45.93% 18.95% 35.13%
Suburban & S. Trail 30.46% 12.14% 26.65%
Average vacancy rate 20.51% 5.95% 17.82%
Manatee County June 2012 Dec. 2006 Nov. 2009
Lakewood Ranch 8.98% 4.07% 14.75%
University Pkwy other 8.36% N/A 28.43%
Downtown Bradenton 36% 12.67% 32.60%
Other-Suburban 20.70% 8.70% 25.39%
Average vacancy rate 20.04% 19.67% 23.92%
*Includes 10,000-square-foot and above buildings and parks. Data is provided by commercial agents and property owners. Venice and North Port numbers are best estimates.
Source: Janet K. Robinson, commercial director for Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte region, Coldwell Banker Commercial; Brian Kennelly, president, LWR Commercial Realty; Manatee EDC
Architects In The News
Sarasota architects Jerry Sparkman and Todd Sweet of TOTeMS Architecture are among only 30 architectural firms invited to exhibit at the 2012 Venice Architectural Biennale, part of a major biannual international art exhibition that attracts many of the most talented artists and performers from around the world. Their exhibit, in the 15th century Palazzo Bembo on Venice’s Grande Canal, will incorporate two tons of Siesta Key sand. The Venice Biennale (labiennale.org/en) runs from Aug. 29 through Nov. 25.
Young and Beautiful
Michael Halflants and John Pichette of Halflants + Pichette Design/Build received the American Institute of Architects 2012 National Young Architect Award. The award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career. The award was presented in Washington, D.C., at the National AIA convention.
The first book by Carl Abbott, In/Formed by the Land: The Architecture of Carl Abbott, will be published by international architecture publisher Oro this fall. Abbott's work is currently on exhibit at Ringling College's Selby Gallery.