$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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