West Palmetto Makeover Kick-starts Urban Core Revitalization


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 1st, 2017 – Residents of Regatta Pointe, Ardmore subdivision and other communities in West Palmetto can expect yet better things to come in their neighborhoods.

In the near future, their area could see a redevelopment of 10th Avenue starting from the Manatee River front northward to 17th Street. According to Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant, this project would include such features as roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, new lighting, and improved and landscaped meridians.

Riverside Project Complete

West Palmetto Makeover Kick-starts Urban Core Revitalization

The mayor outlined these broad strokes for the revitalization of downtown Palmetto during ceremonies celebrating the completion of the first phase of the project which expanded the Riverside Park on the flanks of U.S. 41 main road leading to the city core.

This initial phase, which cost $4 million, included wide brick-and-paver pathways for the shared-use of cyclists and pedestrians. Besides this multimodal trail, the park’s lush landscaping has also been completed and features towering palms, plenty of benches and old-fashioned streetlights.

Completed as well were 1,000 feet of new seawalls flanking the historic Green Bridge over the Manatee River that formerly linked Palmetto with Bradenton. What’s special too in this span is that it now features a “living shoreline” of artificial reefs. Through the park project, these man-made reefs were installed to allow visitors to peer below and appreciate the marine life the under the water.

City-wide Linear Park Next

The next phases of the Palmetto project are geared towards hooking up the city’s parks into one network. Envisioned here is a city-wide linear park providing connections to the Bradenton Area Convention Center, local schools, the fairgrounds and other local points of interest.

The Palmetto multimodal trail is also set to link up with the Florida Sun Trail system. As an initial part of this plan, the city’s multimodal trail shall be linked with a similar facility proposed along the rail system going all the way to Parrish. Plans also call for tying the Palmetto multimodal pathways with county-managed trails proposed west to Emerson Point and south to North Port.

New Health Care Facility

A short distance east of the Palmetto Riverside Park, residents of the Riviera Dunes may also soon have closer access to health care services. A 20,000-square-foot medical office has been proposed in a 1.8-acre site walking distance west of their community.

This proposed facility, which is planned on the corner of U.S. 41 and 1st Street East, has already been approved on its first hearing by the Palmetto city commission this February. Besides its services, city officials, are warm to this plan because of its potential for job creation.

New Sales Listings

Notably, prospective buyers of Manatee or Sarasota homes for sale will have plenty of prospects around this Palmetto area. At the condo Palms at Riviera Dunes, there is a new listing for a two-bedroom unit with a floor area of about 1,500 square feet and an asking price in the mid $200s.

Another attractively priced condo has also just been sales-listed at the Regatta Pointe on Riverside Drive. This unit, priced a shade under the $200s mark, features two bedrooms and two baths. It has a floor area of approximately 1,400 square feet and enjoys close proximity to recently completed park attractions that preview a revitalization of downtown Palmetto.