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.
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.
MANATEE — With an entranceway to Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home off 15th Street East, general manager Duane LaFollett wanted to find out more about a transportation project that is expected to transform 15th Street East.
“It affects the entranceway into our cemetery,” LaFollett said at Thursday’s workshop at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church. “Public access is key and safe access is key. We are here to learn what’s in store for our road.”
Florida Department of Transportation held its second public workshop as part of a development and environment study for a 4.5-mile stretch of 15th Street East/U.S. 301 Boulevard East from Tallevast Road to U.S. 41. Project improvements include widening from two to three lanes, which includes a center two-way left-turn lane; bicycle lanes; sidewalks; pedestrian crossings; bus stop improvements; and street lighting, according to an information board on display. Roundabouts at major intersections are also being evaluated. Read more