Neighbors of Silverleaf development worried about traffic, drainage

skennedy@bradenton.comMarch 8, 2013 

MANATEE -- Neighbors of the proposed Silverleaf residential development appeared before county commissioners Thursday to complain about potential traffic and drainage problems they fear will occur when the project is built.

Silverleaf is slated for a 263.35-acre site on the south side of U.S. Highway 301 N., at the northwest corner of Old Tampa Road and Chin Road, in the Parrish area.

The developer, Neal Communities, has already won approval for the project, but will be submitting a revised general development plan, said attorney Edward Vogler II.

The company wishes to amend the plans to add single-family semi-detached units to the already approved single family-detached ones,

Vogler said.

Bob Abrahamson, who lives nearby and is president of the River Woods Homeowners Association, wondered what would happen to the water runoff from Silverleaf once it is built.

He also was concerned about traffic safety, with so many more drivers in the area, he told the Manatee County Commission.

"Attention has not been paid to our development," he said.

Also questioning facets of the project was William Greer, treasurer of the River Woods Homeowners Association, who was concerned that unimproved ditches might overflow during the rainy season and cause flooding.

He also complained that Silverleaf homes, which he said would be priced at $110,000, would be bought by investors and rented out, adding, "This low price point will bring down the values at River Woods."

County Commissioner Carol Whitmore noted that Feld Entertainment is moving its corporate offices to the area, and bringing 80 staff members. Some of them are already here, and are residing at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, she added.

Feld's staff and 250-300 others the company plans to hire probably will be looking for homes to buy, she observed.

"This may be a good thing for your area," she said.

Vogler vowed to answer every question posed by neighbors.

A substantive public hearing is slated for 9 a.m., April 4 at County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.com.

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