During the Pineapple Square discussion, the Burns Square group indicated they disliked the idea of a liner building along the bank parking lot west wall (on Lemon). They indicated that a visual sight line to Burns Square would be good for them and good for downtown.
Here is a picture of the view across this area toward Burns Square (click on the picture to see a larger version).
The next picture is an attempt to show the impact of the required (new code) liner building.
The impact of the liner building would be great. While the code attempts to liven the street activity through creation of more retail frontage at the ground level, giving up green space at this particular location does not seem to be a good trade off. The retail space would be separated from the street and valuable green space would be lost.
Save Our Sarasota would much rather have the existing green space preserved. This space could be connected with the fountain area to make a larger green space here. Live oaks with a canopy potential would make a wonderful space for a bench or two and could compliment Five Points Park a couple blocks away.
Whether the State St lot is developed or not, we prefer keeping this particular space green. We have very few places for green space and trees downtown.