Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota was awarded a $296,948 historic preservation grant from the State of Florida to fund improvements to the City-owned historic Federal Building, 111 South Orange Avenue.
The grant, awarded by the Florida Division of Historical Resources, will go toward hardening the Federal Building with removable protective hurricane screens for 63 windows. Also, a new variable air volume box will be installed to provide improved air cooling, the balustrades will be restored, and the building exterior will be cleaned.
Constructed in 1934 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration job creation program, the structure originally served as a U.S. Post Office. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.
87 applications were considered by the State for possible grant funding. Just 16 grants were awarded, including the Federal Building preservation project.
“This is a significant grant for the City,” said Assistant City Manager John Lege. “With these funds we’ll be able to further preserve this architectural treasure. Thanks to our grants writer, Laura Wittenbauer, who assembled and submitted the application and successfully landed another sizeable grant for the City.”
The City will provide a match of $148,474. In total, $445,422 will be invested to preserve this historic structure.
Last year, the City was awarded a $500,000 historic preservation grant for renovations to the historic Municipal Auditorium and Bayfront Community Center. Both construction projects are scheduled to begin soon.
For more information contact Laura Wittenbauer, Grants Coordinator: 941-365-2200 ext. 4285.
About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com