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

Historic Beth Salem House demolition moves forward in East Manatee to make room for new RaceTrac

EAST MANATEE — The historic Beth Salem House at 3004 53rd Ave. E. underwent site preparation for demolition Tuesday to make way for a new RaceTrac service station.

According to Stine Construction superintendent Larry Barker, the property has already undergone a zoning inspection and workers are expected to begin removing some exterior infrastructure, such as the asphalt driveway, as early as Wednesday. The actual house could be knocked down as early as June 30.

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