The fall of Sarasota’s Versailles makes way for modern EPOCH

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Drivers along U.S. 41 in Downtown Sarasota witnessed the fall of Versailles last week.

The demolition last week makes way for EPOCH to be be built over the next two years.

The 1974 Versailles building was toppled to make room for EPOCH, a boutique condominium community of 22 residences to be located between South Palm and Gulfstream Avenues in Downtown Sarasota.

EPOCH continues the evolution of Downtown with an emphasis on Sarasota School of Architecture modernist design with 18 stories tucked between South Palm and South Gulfstream and direct Bayfront views.

EPOCH is under development by Seaward Development, which partnered with the local Habitat ReStore to assist with the deconstruction of the Versailles.

Prior to the final demolition, Habitat for Humanity Sarasota removed kitchen cabinets and appliances, solid surface counters, doors, vanity sinks, toilets, fans and light fixtures deemed in good condition from each of the fourteen units. All items will be sold at the Sarasota ReStore located at 2095 17th Street to help support the agency’s mission of providing safe and affordable homes to low-income working families in our community.

“Working with Habitat for Humanity just made good sense,” commented Patrick DiPinto III, a principal of Seaward Development.

The EPOCH tower and design is inspired by the Sarasota School of architecture and created by architectural firm Nichols, Brosch, Wurst, Wolfe and Associates of Coral Gables.

EPOCH residences will feature open kitchens, oversized great rooms, bedroom suites, walls of glass and deep terraces affording unobstructed bay views. Building amenities Include 24/7 concierge service, two levels of garage parking, rooftop terrace, a guest suite, fitness center with massage suite, a social room for entertaining that opens to the pool terrace offering a 70-foot lap pool, a bar/grill area for entertaining, cabanas and gathering spaces with fire troughs. EPOCH residences are priced from $3.3 million.

Patrick DiPinto III and David D.R. Hargreaves, Seaward Development’s principals, are joined in the project team by DWY Landscape Architects and B. Pila Designs. Sales are being handled exclusively by Ocean Real Estate.  DiPinto announced that Gilbane Building Company has been chosen as the general contractor for the downtown condominium project, completing their EPOCH team.

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