Project Revivals Spur North Manatee Development Further


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 15th, 2016 – The primarily agricultural/vacant land off Interstate 75 between Moccasin Wallow and Buckeye Road continues to mold itself as one of the high-growth areas in North Manatee County. Early this December, the county commission approved the revival of the Stonegate Preserve project here. It is planned for 667 single family homes and 124 multifamily units, plus a community center and a facility for either a day care or private school.

This project, erstwhile called Stonedam Preserve, is located on 414.9 acres south of Buckeye Road, west of I-75 and adjacent to the newly established community of Esplanade at Artisan Lakes. Stonedam already had prior blessing from the commission, but the Great Recession derailed the community’s plans. With the recent expiry of this approval, the project was re-filed as Stonegate.

Road Corridor Heating Up

Project Revivals Spur North Manatee Development Further

Several other projects are set for implementation in this north Manatee area, particularly along the Moccasin Wallow Road corridor spanning Parrish and Palmetto. One of these developments is Parrish Lakes, which has been on the drawing boards since 2009 but was also sidetracked by the recession.

Also revived recently, this project is set for 3,300 homes in a 1,155-acre site adjacent east of the existing community of Regency Oaks south of Moccasin Wallow Road. Parrish Lakes, besides its residential component, is also geared for a mixed-use town center plus 400,000 square feet of office and retail space.

Across north off Moccasin Wallow Road, another large project has been approved—Eagle Pointe. Homes By Towne plans to build 1,600 homes on 695 acres here also just south of Buckeye Road in Palmetto.

North of Moccasin Wallow between I-75 on the west and Carter Road on the east,
Robinson Gateway too got county commission approval in April 2015 for a mixed-use development on 288 acres. Its breakdown includes 542 residences, 600,000 square feet of office space, and 900,000 square feet of commercial space.

The Woods of Moccasin Wallow

Although smaller, The Woods of Moccasin Wallow is one development which has a leg up over these planned projects. Sometime in the first half of this year, its builder, Adams Homes, started marketing residences in this community just across the Esplanade at Artisan Lakes.

This community, known originally as Keystone Ranches when it was proposed in 1999, was likewise stalled by the recession. It is now moving forward with 104 to 117 homes within its 197-acre site. A private school has already been built within this community which features eight MLS listings among Palmetto homes for sale as of this December.

Enticing Home Choices

These sales-listed homes are priced from the low $200s up to the $300s, featuring floor areas of between 1,500 and about 3,200 square feet designed with three to five bedrooms. The community’s amenities, besides its own school, include an outdoor basketball court, a lakeside park with covered shelter and separate baths. Its lake is accessible for kayaking and canoeing.

Across the street, attractive options on new builds at approximately the same square footages and price ranges are offered in Esplanade at Artisan Lakes. Its developer, national homebuilder Taylor Morrison, recently got county extension for this community’s build-out from 2027 to 2032.

The amenities of this development, which is planned for 2,800 homes, include a resort-style pool, bocce ball courts, and a pet park. An in-house lifestyle director manages the community’s social activities and special events which may soon multiply many times over given all the new developments coming on stream in north Manatee.