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
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.