Southwood Village in Sarasota, FL

Saouthwood Village in Sarasota, FL

Big Jim Self Storage will soon have new neighbors east of I-75 in Sarasota, FL. The Southwood Village project, located on the NE corner of Fruitville & Coburn Rds, is slated for completion in late 2020 or early 2021. The plans for this 34-acre development include the following:

  • 100,000 SF of retail space
  • 364 luxury multi-family units
  • Beer garden
  • Micro-restaurants
  • A Chuck Lager Restaurant
  • A Wawa Convenience Store

Big Jim Self Storage has two locations in very close proximity to this new development. Our storage facility at 5109 Fruitville Rd is only 1.7 miles to the west, while our 757 Apex Rd storage facility is just 1.1 miles to the south. We welcome this new development and extend a hand to our future neighbors.

Following is a recent Sarasota Herald-Tribune article with up-to-date information about this project.

Southwood Village will have 100,000-square-feet of retail and 364 luxury multi-family units on 34 acres.

In many ways, Southwood Village on Fruitville Road is a lot like the 10,000 or so other mixed-use developments proposed for the dwindling supply of vacant land in Sarasota-Manatee.

But this pending community, on 34 acres at the northeast corner of Fruitville and Coburn roads, is going to offer something a little different, and, dare I say it, a little more modern.

This particular retail and entertainment project is going to have a beer garden and an enclosed area with spaces for several individual “micro-restaurants.”

What is a micro-restaurant? Well, they’re 700-square-foot independently operated eateries run by local entrepreneurs. Think somewhere between a modern food hall with a bazaar-like feel and an old school Florida strip mall with tenant spaces lined up next to each other.

The plans also show a spot for a Chuck Lager, a Delaware-based restaurant and bar billed as “America’s tavern,” for the area.

“We really are trying to make it a community gathering place rather than a standard power center,” said Lindsay Detwiler, director of marketing and operations for leasing firm ACRE Commercial Real Estate, which has offices in Tampa and Orlando.

In total, there will be about 100,000 square feet of retail space at Southwood Village. North of the beer garden will be a 26,000-square-foot building that can be used for retail or entertainment. In the top, right-corner will be 364 luxury multifamily units.

The site will also have end cap and in-line retail between 1,200 and 26,000 square feet, a freestanding retail store or restaurant that can be up to 7,300 square feet and a Wawa, which will be in the development’s southeast corner.

Southwood Village is expected to open by late 2020 or early 2021, according to the plans.

The site is part of Sarasota County’s Fruitville Initiative, a 420-acre critical area plan adopted by the county in 2014. The idea is to encourage development along both sides of Fruitville Road east of Interstate 75.

That includes Fruitville Commons, the development west of Southwood Village, which will also have 100,000 square feet of retail and luxury apartments. There’s also a 117-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott proposed for that mixed-use center.

The site is being developed by Unicorp National Developments Inc. of Orlando. Willow Ferrelli and Sandi Bargfrede of ACRE are handling leasing for the project.