Del Webb at Lakewood Ranch planned for 1,500 homes

jajones1@bradenton.comDecember 26, 2013 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Pulte Group is proposing a 1,500-home community called Del Webb at Lakewood Ranch.

The age-restricted community would be south of State Road 70, north of the proposed Masters Avenue extension, east of Country Club East and the Ritz Carlton Golf Course, and west of the future Bourneside Boulevard.

The proposal is being studied by Manatee County staff and is expected to go before the Manatee County planning and county commissions in the first half of 2014.

"It's big," said Shelley Hamilton, principal planner for Manatee County Building and Development Services, of the development, which is planned on 643.35 acres of vacant land.

Del Webb would be located about 1 1/2 miles east of the intersection of Lorraine Road and SR 70, and would be built over a 10-year period. Del Webb Lakewood Ranch is expected to break ground by the end of 2014, according to the developer.

"Through our Del Webb studies, baby boomers have told us that Florida continues to be a top destination option for their home in retirement," said PulteGroup South Florida Division President Ryan Marshall. "With Lakewood Ranch's great reputation, convenient access to retail, entertainment, dining, medical facilities, golf and parks, this is the best located community for Del Webb to bring its lifestyle and build the only age restricted community in the premier Lakewood Ranch community,"

The parent company of Del Webb is PulteGroup, which builds under the Pulte Homes, Centex, DiVosta and Del Webb brands. Del Webb would primarily include single-family detached homes, along with some single-family attached, and multi-family dwelling units, according to documents submitted to Manatee County.

"This community is planned to have private streets, which may be gated at the option of the developer, with access to State Road 70 and the future extension of The Masters Avenue as well as an inter-neighborhood tie to the west into Country Club East, according to the application.

The western boundary of the property would be dominated by a forested wetland, providing a buffer and separation from other developed property.

Described as an active adult community, Del Webb is envisioned to eventually include three recreational areas, composed of a clubhouse, pool and other outdoor facilities, plus a major trail system for connectivity.

The application for Del Webb of Lakewood Ranch was prepared by Stantec, Grimail Crawford Inc., and Grimes Goebel Grimes Hawkins Gladfelter and Galvano.

Del Webb would be the eastern-most portion of Lakewood Ranch to see rooftops developed to date.

Schroeder-Manatee Ranch officials have said that the Lakewood Ranch Post Office is located near what will eventually be the center of Lakewood Ranch. The Lakewood Ranch area to the east of the post office is now primarily undeveloped.

Pulte Homes, a subsidiary of the Pulte Group, developed the Harrison Ranch community in Parrish.

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter @jajones1.

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