Arts and Culture at Longboat Town Center on Preview Soon


Longboat Key, Florida | January 3rd, 2018 – Residents of Longboat Key can expect to see in 2018, how arts and culture will be integrated as a focal point for the long-anticipated Longboat Town Center. In March 2018, the preliminary site design of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Culture and Education is scheduled to be completed for presentation to, and approval of, town authorities.


This cultural hub, which takes over the Longboat Key Center for the Arts closed in May 2017, has been set within a parcel that the local government acquired several years back. Originally set for 2.8 acres, the site added another two acres following the town’s purchase of its adjacent parcel, formerly occupied by Amore restaurant.


A More Cohesive Island Hub


This recent land acquisition again brought to the forefront, planning discussions on a cohesive Town Center envisioned to have a more walkable, mixed-use setting. Many of Longboat Key’s commercial businesses, such as the Publix Super Market, are notably already based in this area near the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Bay Isles Parkway. Several town facilities, such as the Public Tennis Center, the Town Hall, the Longboat Library, and the Bicentennial Park are also located in this part of the island which hosts the Shoppes at Bay Isles as well.


The local officials’ drive to create a full-fledged Town Center, also gained some traction from the recent opening of a new retail bank in the Shoppes at Bay Isles. This bank, a branch of JP Morgan Chase, is located in a newly constructed 3,113 square-foot-building at 545 Bay Isles Parkway. It features two drive-thru spots and 34 parking spaces.


Art Center Fund Campaign

Arts and Culture at Longboat Town Center on Preview Soon - Judy Kepecz-Hays Selling Luxury Real EstateThe town of Longboat Key is collaborating with Ringling College for the establishment of the cultural center. The Longboat Key Foundation, for its part, is spearheading a fundraising campaign to raise the estimated $10 million‒$17 million. The town has already pledged $5 million for this project. Per current projections, the arts center’s opening is targeted for 2020.


Initial ideas floated call for a total of 48,500 gross square feet for the Longboat Key cultural hub. Of these, 31,500 square feet would be space for flexible theater space, known as a black-box theater. This square footage would likewise be allotted for a mix of classrooms and open areas for visual arts, possibly including a central courtyard, a café, and an estimated 150 parking spaces.


Ripples in the Neighborhood

Arts and Culture at Longboat Town Center on Preview Soon - Judy Kepecz-Hays Selling Luxury Real EstateAll this buzz about an emergent Longboat Town Center with an added art flavor to it, adds to the sheen of many of residential sales listings in our Key. The Judy Kepecz-Hays team is thrilled, for one, on the prospects of our listing at Triton Cove, which is just half a kilometer north of Shoppes at Bay Isles.


Repriced recently, this luxury, Key West-style residence is one of just five dwellings in the quaint neighborhood of Triton Cove on the block of 3020 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Built in 1997, this house features a floor area of 3,110 square feet designed with three bedrooms and three baths, plus a two-car garage.


Call or e-mail us if you’re on the market for a Longboat Key residence. Whether as a seller or a buyer, our team can walk you through some great opportunities as 2018 rolls onwards amidst potential market shakers like the emergent Longboat Town Center.


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