Ellenton riverfront parcel may be developed into restaurant, hotel or small resort

New plans could either be a restaurant, small hotel/motel or boathouse

cschelle@bradenton.comJanuary 1, 2014 

ELLENTON -- A Manatee Riverfront development once approved for a boathouse and café in Ellenton is asking to be rezoned to open up the possibilities of a waterfront restaurant, small hotel or resort.

New York-based developer Long Range Realty Corp./North Shore Point Commercial Development is applying to rezone about 2 acres at 6015 18th St. E., just off U.S. 301 for a mixed-use development, after about a year delay from its original application.

Four possible developments are allowed in the newly requested zoning, says Shelley Hamilton, principal planner for Manatee County government.

The developer could build a:

• 50-room hotel/motel

• 44-room hotel/resort

• 106-seat restaurant

• Boathouse with 48 internal slips.

No new plans reflecting any of those options have been filed yet.

The development is just south of Walgreen's on U.S. 301 and a few doors down from Woody's River Roo and Sleep Inn.

The county commission in 2008 approved plans for a 184-slip boathouse, café, store and boardwalk to replace the River Oaks Park mobile home park. That developer, Waterfront Ventures II LLC, bought the land for $2.75 million in 2005.

Long Range Realty acquired the land for $1 in 2011 after foreclosing on Waterfront Ventures, according to court records. Much of the mobile home park was demolished in 2011, according to county permits.

Long Range's request in 2012 was to change the zoning from planned development waterfront to planned development commercial, but the new change to mixed use adds more options. Staff has until Thursday to review the new changes before the Planning Commission will review the request, she said.

No dates for Planning Commission and County Commission review are set, but without delays, the commissions could consider the changes in late spring/early summer.

Calls to Long Range in New York and its Bradenton-based project engineer Walter Smith of OMC Surveying & Mapping were not returned before deadline Tuesday.

Charles Schelle, business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter@ImYourChuck.

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