River Club Park of Commerce developers seek flexibility

jajones1@bradenton.comFebruary 4, 2014 

Ranch Lake Apartments are now under construction at River Club Park of Commerce.JAMES A. JONES JR./Bradenton Herald

EAST MANATEE -- River Club Park of Commerce developers want more flexibility in building the mixed-use community, including county approval of 225 more single family or detached residential units, raising the total to 725.

Other requests include a 200-unit group care facility, an additional 70,000 square feet of retail and service space, 35,000 square feet of new office space and 10,000 square feet of ministorage.

The changes would allow center developers to trade off some elements such as decreasing office and/or retail space while increasing residential units.

There would be no net increase in traffic during peak travel hours, said Bob Greene, project attorney.

"The concept is not to dump a ton more traffic," Greene said.

Engineer Steve Shroyer, who has worked on River Club Park of Commerce plans for about 20 years, said the requested changes would allow developers

to ensure the economic viability of the project.

River Club Park of Commerce is south of State Road 70 and borders Interstate 75 on the east, ending in the south at Linger Lodge Road.

Ranch Lake Boulevard winds through the property, past a Walmart and a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in the north. It extends south past the 336-unit Ranch Lake Apartments under construction on 48 acres.

Casvak River Club developed the property around the Walmart, while River Club Holding LLC and the Residences at River Club LLC are developing everything south of that.

Buildout on River Club Park of Commerce extends until 2023, Greene said.

Manatee County Building and Development Services staff has until Feb. 19 to prepare comments, said Stephanie Moreland, principal county planner on the project.

Plans for River Club Park of Commerce were first presented to county commissioners in 2006.

The early days of the project were notable for Manatee County commissioners allowing Casvak to develop 6 acres of wetlands near the present-day Walmart in exchange for 173 acres of waterfront along the Manatee River near Fort Hamer Park.

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

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