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ISLAND SUN - JULY 24, 2015
Latest Civic Core
Conceptual Plans Unveiled
by Jeff Lysiak
During Tuesday’s city council meeting, MacKenzie Hall was filled with a num-
ber of interested members of the public who came to see the most recent
Sanibel Civic Core conceptual plan, which has been in the works for more
than one year.
Henry Woodruff, the architect assigned to work with city officials and stakehold-
ers associated with the civic core project – including BIG ARTS, Sanibel Community
Association, Sanibel Historical Museum & Village, Center 4 Life – unveiled the most
recent version of a plan that would consolidate the island’s most frequented facilities
onto a 25-acre site adjacent to city hall.
“The plan has evolved, but it remains a work in progress,” said Mayor Kevin
Ruane, who added that the only way the project would work would be through a pub-
lic/private collaboration. “I believe that we’ll continue to tweak this and modify this.”
According to Woodruff, after working directly with both BIG ARTS and the Sanibel
Community Association’s architects and boards, the latest version of the civic core
layout includes a hub of five buildings – a performance hall, theater, gallery, Lifelong
Learning facility and Center 4 Life – surrounding a central courtyard with a stage. The
Civic Core Plaza would be elevated, located between a large community green (to the
west) and parking (to the east), surrounded by a shared use path and including both
stairs, access ramps and ample public seating and gathering spaces.
In addition, the community green would be located to the north of a smaller green
space (where the Herb Strauss Theater is currently located) and would include two
pavilions and public restrooms, which would allow two events to be held simultane-
Woodruff also displayed several artist’s renderings of what the facilities would look
like once completed.
Following his presentation, councilman Jim Jennings chimed in with a suggestion
of rebranding the project the Cultural Community Core to avoid some people confus-
ing the latest plans with the previously proposed Sanibel Town Center, which was to
have been a mixed use development with both residential and commercial elements.
That proposal, which occurred more than five years ago, was met with strong public
“This is not the council’s plan,” noted Ruane. “This is what our citizens have
continued on page 38
The latest update to the ongoing Sanibel Civic Core conceptual plan, unveiled during
Tuesday’s city council meeting, includes more green space between the current site of
the Herb Strauss Theater and the Sanibel Public Library
The conceptual plan for the Civic Core Plaza includes a collection of buildings – includ-
ing a performance hall, theater, gallery, Lifelong Learning facility and Center 4 Life – sur-
rounding a central courtyard with a stage
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