Manatee County Wawa moving forward

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MANATEE COUNTY — Wawa’s aggressive expansion into Southwest Florida continues, this time with a new store on State Road 64 east of Interstate 75.

Commercial building permits were filed late last week in Manatee County for $903,000 worth of construction for a new Wawa store at 1450 Upper Manatee River Road.

The store would be at the northwest corner of S.R. 64, roughly 4 miles east of the interstate.

The Upper Manatee River Road site is predominantly vacant and adjoins the Links at Greenfield Plantation.  Read more

Manatee Players to buy 2.6 Acres on 7th St. W.

BRADENTON — Considered an opportunity to remove a long-time blemish on redevelopment efforts on the downtown waterfront, the Bradenton City Council voted Wednesday to loan $2.7 million to the Manatee Players theater to buy 2.6 acres for a parking lot.

The property at 301 Seventh St. W. is the site of the old, dilapidated Carver Apartments.

City Clerk Carl Callahan said the city has long considered how to get more parking into the area as Riverwalk and the new Manatee Players facility continue to grow in popularity.  The city loaned Manatee Players almost $3 million about a decade ago as they made plans to build the theater at 502 Third Ave. W.   The parking lot to the east of the theater belongs to the Players but is used by many visiting the Riverwalk.

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Commercial uses in planning on SR 64 east of I-75

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EAST MANATEE — A proposal to build a Taco Bell and another fast food restaurant will likely bring more dining options to State Road 64 east of Interstate 75.

Development plans submitted to Manatee County late last month show the restaurants are planned for construction across the street from Haile Middle School at 9500 SR 64. According to that development application, the two restaurants would share a parking lot and would be accessed via an existing road apron built directly across from School House Drive.

The development application shows the proposed Taco Bell housed in a 2,450-square-foot building. A second, 3,600-square-foot building planned for the property is designated as a yet-unnamed fast food restaurant. The businesses are expected to add retail services to the Heritage Harbour and Upper Manatee River Road area.

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$2M sale indicates growing Manatee industrial market

WHITFIELD — A local property investor who purchased 7.5 acres fronting U.S. Highway 301 at Whitfield Avenue early this month has consolidated lands that could become part of a growing light industrial warehouse district near the Manatee-Sarasota county line.

Andrew Goodman, a Sarasota resident who controls multiple business interests, paid $2 million on Nov. 2 for the acreage at 2580 Whitfield Ave. The property is adjacent to and directly north of 12.7 acres he already owns along U.S. 301.

Although he is not certain about the property’s future, Goodman said it is likely that he will position it for industrial warehouse development.

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Fort Hamer Bridge project moves forward

PARRISH — Heavy rains made a mess of the Fort Hamer Bridge site during the past month, and complicated several other local road construction projects.

Even so, bridge crews, which previously poured two sets of piers extending to the water’s edge on the north side of the Manatee River, drove their first piles in the stream during the past month, said Trudy Gerena, spokeswoman for the project.

Beams for the bridge were delivered this week and were being installed Thursday on top of the first two piers.

“The beams range in size from 130 to 145 feet and weigh up to 83 tons. There will be a total of 90 beams used in the construction of the bridge,” Gerena said.

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Transportation planners seek new Manatee River bridge

MANATEE — Transportation planners seek new Manatee River bridge.  A four-lane bridge over the Manatee River, expansion of Interstate 75 to 10 lanes and widening of Fort Hamer Road are among Manatee County’s roadway needs.

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Needs Plan on Monday. The plan “identifies all transportation projects that are necessary to meet identified future transportation demand, or advance the adopted goals, objectives and policies of the MPO board,” according to agenda materials.

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Bradenton DDA gives tenative nod to Beneficial to continue design for 14th Street West

The Bradenton DDA Selection Committee that previously tapped Sarasota-based Beneficial Communities to help develop the old Manatee Inns site on 14th Street West heard a more detailed proposal Wednesday.

Beneficial, along with Bradenton’s Fawley Bryant architectural firm, presented a conceptual design for workforce housing featuring a staggered-roof commercial and residential building on 14th Street West and a second row of workforce housing farther to the east. In between the two rows of buildings containing about 80 units of live-work space, would be open green space for pop-up events and public art projects.

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Expansion opportunities for Village of the Arts in Bradenton

BRADENTON — Now that the city has finalized the expansion of the Village of the Arts boundaries to include 14th Street West, questions remain for the village because of that corridor’s reputation as a trouble spot.

Village business owners point out that their neighborhood has already had to overcome public perception that it is an area that once held a troubled reputation of its own.

But Gene Tenery, owner of Village Sharpening and Metal Art Gallery, 1111 14th Ave. W., doesn’t see the expansion as a problem, rather an opportunity. Read more