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Petition to Sarasota City Commissioners, Bill Waddill, Tom Barwin

Save the Original Selby Library

The original Selby Public Library, a.k.a. G.WIZ building is under threat of imminent demolition. We are asking the City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) for an unbiased and professional evaluation of this architecturally significant building to determine how to repurpose and re-use it in the best interest of the citizens of Sarasota. The original Selby Public Library was designed by master architect Walter Netsch in 1976. Mr. Netsch was a principal star of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, whose body of work has achieved great international acclaim. Sarasota should be proud to have such an exceptional example of his work. The Library—with its trapezoidal shapes suggesting sails—was positioned to be compatible with the neighboring Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Hyatt Hotel, together overlooking Sarasota Bay. In 1998, the library moved to a larger building on First Street, downtown. G.WIZ remodeled the building as a science museum and opened in 2000.9-19-18 
VIDEO of the first public event about the original Selby Public Library / G.WIZ building’s history, the designer Walter Netsch, and why it is considered "a working work of art." The History of the First Selby LibraryPRESENTED BY: Eric Keune, AIA, LEED, AP
Design Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLPWHEN: Wednesday, September 19, 2018WHERE: Historic Crocker Church, Sarasota, FLHOSTED BY: Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation THIS PETITION WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE CITY COMMISSIONERS.As fiscally responsible citizens, we’re asking Sarasota to do the right thing. Save and repurpose, don’t destroy, a part of Sarasota's rich architectural, historical and cultural legacy. 1. Email the City Commissioners ( express your opinion and/or request a meeting at the following individual email addresses:
• Mayor Liz Alpert (District 2) (publicly asked concerned citizens and The Bay group to work with each other and find a way to reuse the building)
• Vice Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch (At-Large)
• Commissioner Willie Shaw (District 1) 

• Commissioner Hagen Brody (At-large) 
• Commissioner Shelli Freeland Eddie (District 3 2. Like our Facebook page and stay up-to-date on this issue

Concerned Citizens
1,231 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo

Tell the MTA to Repair and Restore the Kew Gardens, Queens Lefferts Blvd. Bridge

Don't let MTA/LIRR destroy the heart of Kew Gardens! Since the late 1920's the Kew Gardens’ Lefferts Blvd bridge over the Long Island Railroad - home to the mom and pop stores that give the town its character and serve the shopping needs of its residents -  has been the heart of this "Urban Village in the Big City".  MTA and LIRR own the bridge and surrounding real estate. Over 26 years ago the MTA set aside plans to develop a high-rise building over the MTA/LIRR tracks at the Kew Gardens Station.  The MTA abandoned its proposal in the face of unified opposition by the community’s residents, civic associations, and elected officials.  Hundreds of people came together to fight the proposed destruction of the Lefferts Blvd. bridge of stores - the heart of Kew Gardens. The heart of Kew Gardens is once again threatened. The MTA/LIRR is using the results of their intentional neglect as the excuse for a revived attempt to destroy the heart of our community.  This site – a one-of-a-kind structure in New York City and the United States - is now once more the target of destructive development. Too many American “somewheres” have become “nowheres.”  We won’t let Kew Gardens become a “nowhere"!  We demand a full repair and preservation of the Lefferts Blvd bridge and its properties, with community oversight. 

Save Kew Gardens Coalition
5,183 supporters