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