PARRISH -- Plans for developing a former Parrish dairy as a neighborhood of 448 homes dried up in the Great Recession but are being nursed back to life.
With new home construction heating up in Manatee County, and running red-hot in the Parrish area, the project has been resubmitted to the county for modification of the preliminary site plan.
The Dakin family originally submitted plans in 2008 to develop 238 acres located 1.25 miles east of U.S. 301 and south of State Road 62.
Manatee County commissioners approved the general development plan for the Dakin Family Homestead in 2010.
The Dakin family is seeking to increase the number of homes to 584, all of which would be free-standing single family houses, said Steve Shroyer of Shroyer Drapala Engineering LLC of Bradenton.
Previously, the housing mix also included attached homes.
"They never started work there. The economy put it on hold," Shroyer said.
Dakin Family Homestead is in the same general neighborhood as the Cone Ranch South project, which the Herald recently reported is proposed for 1,107 residential units on 595 acres.
The developer of the Cone Ranch South project, S.R. 62 Holdings LLC, is petitioning Manatee County government for approval to create a community development district to pay for infrastructure improvements.
Dakin Family Homestead has not been used as a dairy in several years, and family dairy operations have shifted to Myakka City.
"It's just that we've moved away from there. It's inconvenient to produce crops and haul it 25 miles," Cameron Dakin told the Herald in 2008.
Rossina Leider, principal Manatee County planner for the project, said the request for preliminary site plan approvals had just been submitted. County staff has until April 2 to comment on the project.
Assuming that project changes are approved, construction could start within the next six to 12 months, Shroyer said.
Although the Dakin family is selling the property, they will not be the ones developing it. The property is under contract to be sold to Neal Land Ventures, a John Neal company.
"Our intention is to produce homes for active adults, retirees and working people," Neal said. "The Dakins know dairy. We know good, sustainable development. Our intention is to improve on the Dakin plan and preserve the vistas of Gamble Creek."
Helping drive the development in the Parrish area is the construction of the Fort Hamer Bridge, which will connect northern Manatee with thousands of jobs at Lakewood Ranch.