Sarasota Orchestra may announce new music center site by spring

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Renderings of the Sarasota Orchestra proposed new concert hall located at Payne Park.  The City of Sarasota rejected the plan but is now reopening the idea of bringing it back.

Despite calls by city officials to renew talks with the Sarasota Orchestra to build a proposed music center at Payne Park, leaders of the symphony say they are looking elsewhere and could have plans to announce by spring.

City leaders are now wishing the orchestra “the best of luck in its relocation search” even as they offer to assist with finding another location within Sarasota city limits.

Two years ago, the Sarasota City Commission rejected the orchestra’s proposal to use seven acres of land in Payne Park for a new music center and education building, which would have required moving of public tennis courts and reconfigured parking.

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