Several multifamily housing projects are moving forward in Bradenton, Ellenton and Lakewood Ranch following approval by Manatee County commissioners, and some of them help address a need for affordable housing.
Commissioners also approved a project that will bring more single-family homes to Parrish and another project to build a treatment facility for wastewater from the former Piney Point fertilizer plant.
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Commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary site plan for a 4.8-acre residential development called Hope Village, which will include the construction of 53 multi-family units.
At least 25% of those units will be designated as affordable housing. The project is located in Bradenton about a quarter of a mile west of 14th Street West, on the south side of 30th Avenue West.
Commissioners unanimously approved changes to plans for the Lakewood Centre to allow for the construction of 67 single-family homes and 1,553 multi-family units spread out among different projects that include a senior living and retirement community.
The vote also increased the height of multi-family buildings on two parcels in the project to six stories.
The project encompasses two tracts of land. Both are located east of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, with one tract located north of State Road 70 and the other south of State Road 64.
To create the additional residential density, the developer plans to remove 195,877 square feet of retail space, 150 hotel rooms, and 896,875 square feet of office space from previously approved plans.
Commissioners approved a second option for plans for the Factory Shops Apartments development project to include multifamily and affordable housing. The project is located in Ellenton on the northwest corner of 60th Avenue East and Factory Shops Boulevard.
Previously approved plans for the 7.86-acre project already included permits for a 50,000-square-foot movie theatre and a hotel with 330 rooms and associated commercial uses. Thursday's 6 to 1 vote gives the developer the option to instead build 235 multi-family units in a single four-story building, and at least 25% of those units will be designated as affordable.
County commissioners unanimously approved preliminary plans for 95 single-family homes at Creekside at Rutland Ranch. The 31.71-acre property is located in Parrish on the north side of County Road 675, just under three miles east of US 301.
Commissioners approved a $17.9 million agreement to design and build a treatment facility for polluted wastewater from the former Piney Point fertilizer plant.
The wastewater will be treated at the facility and then disposed of underground through the use of a deep injection well, which is already under construction. The county is negotiating with the state for funding.