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Date of Issue: May 06, 2009

PAR seeks public help on future projects

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Pine Avenue Restoration LLC is considering how to best utilize the Anglerís Lodge on Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria, built in 1915, including a possible donation of the property to the city. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Now that Pine Avenue Restoration LLC and the city of Anna Maria have agreed that the six vacant lots on the northwest corner of the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection are not suitable for development as a motel, PAR principals Mike Coleman and Ed Chiles are seeking public input for future projects.

The company is moving forward with other restoration projects on Pine Avenue, and Coleman said he and Chiles are “interested in hearing from the community for ideas for businesses and shops that would fulfill the uniquely Anna Maria Village Center vision we are pursuing.”

He said PAR, which has a contract to purchase the old Angler’s Lodge at 117 N. Bay Blvd., would like to preserve the lodge. It was built in 1915 and is across the inlet and the humpback bridge from the six lots they were seeking to develop. The lodge is situated on three lots, and PAR would like to donate the house and land to the city, if possible.

The lodge is “perhaps the most endangered, original, historically significant structure now on the Island,” Coleman said.

He said he and Chiles would like to “work out a way to make a gift of this property to the city, and by doing so, have the property become eligible for up to $1 million in historic renovation grants.” The property has been appraised at $1.5 million, he added.

The company is also considering restoration of the property and accompanying structure, then making a donation of the completed project to the city.

Donating to the city is just one idea, but the economics have to work, he said.

“We are still talking to people about how to save the house. Without intervention, those three lots at the Angler’s Lodge will eventually be bought and the house demolished for the land value,” he predicted.

“It’s very easy to do the wrong thing and difficult, in this case nearly impossible, to do the right thing,” Coleman concluded.

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