Manatee Mulls Infill Developments in Bradenton


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 17th, 2016 – If plans do not miscarry, development of surplus Manatee county lands for housing, including those in Bradenton’s urban corridors, could be underway sometime soon. The Manatee County Commission recently announced plans to invite developers to buy surplus county-owned land parcels sitting idle and costing maintenance to the county.

Also moving forward are recently adopted amendments to the county’s Land Development Code (LDC) to pave the way for infill, development, and redevelopment focused along six major urban corridors including those in Bradenton. These infill developments pushing through could potentially bolster property values of Bradenton homes for sale in their respective localities, as these initiatives foster revitalization in older neighborhoods.

Affordable Housing Tack

Manatee Mulls Infill Developments in Bradenton Urban Corridors

The major corridors identified within the Urban Service Area of the county cover some stretches near the Tamiami Trail including those at 1st Street, 14th Street West, and 15th Street East. Also included are pockets at Cortez Road, Manatee Avenue West, and 53rd Ave West/SR 70.

Millennial Con, a movement organized by the generation of millennials in Manatee, is amongst those who strongly supported the LDC amendment. This group’s prime movers said that the code amendment would allow more density and revitalization of older neighborhoods. Eventually, this tack would help address the issue of Manatee homes for sale or rent unaffordable to most working millennials in the county.

With regards to the county’s plan to sell its surplus land for housing development, a proposal has already been floated to work on a demonstration project with a developer. Initially identified for this pilot multifamily housing project are county-owned adjoining lots near 30th Avenue and 9th Street West

New Middle School Advances

Meanwhile, a new middle school is also being considered in this locality a short distance east of the Garden Heights residential neighborhood notable for its attractively priced Bradenton homes for sale. The Manatee County School Board’s district staff this September recommended approval of the bid to set up a middle school charter filed by Rowlett Academy for Arts and Communication.

As site for the middle school, Rowlett Academy plans to rehabilitate the school building of the Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary at 30th Avenue West which was closed effective school year 2016‒2017 because of low enrolment. Rowlett justified the establishment of its charter middle school after noting that in the past years, its graduating fifth-grade students typically scatter to various different schools.

A Pitch for Some Neighborhoods

Aside from Garden Heights, the Desoto Square Villas, also located off 30th Avenue West, is another community that may draw some benefits from a new middle school nearby as well as from the positive ripple effects of local infill developments. Desoto Square sales listings though come rare and typically sell quickly. Recent deals in this community closed at prices under the $100s for two-bedroom residences with floor plans of about 1,000 square feet.

Available properties can be paltry too at Garden Heights though one listing is currently featured in the MLS of Bradenton homes for sale. It has a floor plan of about 1,400 square feet, featuring four bedrooms and two baths, and priced a shade under $160,000. Such market opportunity is certainly worth exploring given Manatee’s current focus on urban infill developments and revitalization of older neighborhoods.