Venice Planning Meeting Highlights: Helper Housing, condos

VENICE — Labor housing and a pair of high-profile condo projects will be considered by Venice’s planning advisory board on Tuesday.

Proposed developments include the Venice Pier Group’s plan to build a ‘Helper Housing’ apartment complex near Venice Municipal Airport; a condominium project next to Prime Serious Steak; and condos where the Freedom Boat Club now operates.

Here are some of the highlights of each proposal:

Help housing in Venice

Related: Venice Pier Group to build dormitory-style apartments for seasonal workers

And: Opening of Prime Serious Steak in Venice

The Venice Pier Group wants to build a two-story apartment complex on about a third of an acre on the southwest corner of Base Avenue East and Cockrill Street.

The four-unit complex would include two four-bedroom dormitory-style apartments on each floor. Each apartment would have four bedrooms with private bathrooms and a shared great room and kitchen.

Technically, the complex is developed by Helper Housing 2 LLC, a subsidiary of the Venice Pier Group, which operates Sharky’s on the Pier and Fins at Sharky’s, as well as Snook Haven and the Siesta Beach Pavilion snack bar.

The pier group plans to rent private rooms in the apartments to seasonal workers brought to Florida from other countries for H2B visas.

The Planning Commission will be asked to approve a site and development plan for the apartments, along with a special exception to allow parking in the front yard – which would be along Cockrill Street – and a reduction in the driveway drive from parking lot and landscaping. The complex’s parking lot would be accessed by a one-way entrance from Base Avenue and would exit onto Cockrill Street.

Cassata Square

Prime Serious Steak opened in December 2021 in Cassata Square – a mixed-use development that replaced a restaurant and used part of a parking lot owned by The Venice Company on the east side of US 41 Business, between Ave East Venice and East Miami.

These renderings show the north and west view of a proposed mixed-use building in Cassata Square that would include retail space, 16 residential units and covered parking.

While the steakhouse opened on the southern part of the property, the use of the northern part changed, after the plan to build a bank failed.

The Planning Commission will consider a site and development plan that formally separates a commercial parking lot owned by The Venice Company from East Miami Avenue and combines the rest of the site to include the steakhouse and a three-story mixed-use building with retail. , office and 16 multi-family units and a swimming pool.

The ground floor is divided into 3,500 square feet of retail/office space.

The eight units – which would face north or south – will be evenly split between the second and third floors. The pool vault will occupy part of the west side of the second floor, while the pool deck will be accessed from the third floor.

The commission is invited to vote on the new site and development plan.

Lagoon Drive

Owners of the land at 996 Laguna Drive, where the Freedom Boat Club currently operates, are requesting a special exception so they can build a six-unit, multi-family development, as well as a self-contained office tied to the boat rental business.

Last September, City Council approved grandfathering rights under the 2010 Global Plan for John Giglio, who purchased the 0.44-acre parcel in 2013 through Gulf View Marina Holdings LLC, to build the residential complex.

Related: The Council of Venice approves the acquired rights for the residences on the nautical club

Approval of the Special Exception would allow the applicant to submit a site and development plan to the Planning Commission for approval.

The commission meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the council chambers of Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave.

Earle Kimel primarily covers southern Sarasota County for the Herald-Tribune and can be reached at [email protected] Support local journalism with a digital subscription to the Herald-Tribune.

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