Neal Communities recently partnered with Sarasota County to build a sidewalk on the north side of Bay Street in Osprey, beginning approximately 140 feet west of the extension of Park Trace Boulevard and extending to the intersection of Bay Street and Old Venice Road. The county initially budgeted $1.2 million for the project, but Neal Communities was able to complete the project for $304,000.
Through the partnership, the county not only was able to save nearly 75 percent of the estimated cost, which can now be used toward future projects, but also saw the project completed well ahead of schedule.
The public-private partnership was met with enthusiastic approval from a group of Osprey residents who had expressed concern over impending safety issues from increased traffic along Bay Street as a result of the Bay Street extension to Honore Avenue.
“This sidewalk is a wonderful step in the right direction,” said Jerry Grens, a member of the Coalition of Osprey Transportation and Safety. “Bay Street is less dangerous now because of what Pat Neal was able to do and because of the timing. But there is still work to be done by the county to make Bay Street an acceptable and safe road for the anticipated traffic in the near future.”