Developer seeks to increase homes for Buckeye Road project in northern Manatee County

jajones1@bradenton.comMarch 27, 2014 

Development could soon be coming to Buckeye Road, which has previously been known for farms and scattered homes.JAMES A. JONES JR./Bradenton Herald

EAST MANATEE -- There are no master-planned communities along Buckeye Road between Interstate 75 and U.S. 301.

At least not yet.

Buckeye Road is a narrow stretch of two-lane highway that passes through farm land, forests and palmetto thickets, just south of the Hillsborough County line.

But that could change in the not-too-distant future.

Developer Carlos Beruff is seeking county approval for 532 single-family lots at 11100 Buckeye Road.

The project, listed as Cargor Partners VI-Buckeye 928, LLC/Buckeye Trails, was submitted to Manatee County planners and seeks modification of a preliminary site plan.

The project was previously approved for 367 units on 203 acres, said Stephanie Moreland, principal planner for Manatee County.

Beruff, CEO and owner of Medallion Home, has several other projects north of the Manatee River, including Wildcat Preserve, Gamble Creek Estates and Preserve, River Plantation and Foxbrook Estates.

But Beruff is not the only developer active in the area north of the Manatee River. The Herald previously reported about 7,000 homes are planned along Moccasin Wallow Road, where Homes by Towne, Taylor Morrison, Neal Communities and John and Michael Neal all have projects.

In addition, development is coming to State Road 62 east of Parrish, where Reynold Glanz and S.R. 62 Holdings LLC plans to build 1,100 homes at Cone Ranch. Neal Land Ventures is proposing to build 584 homes nearby on the Dakin Homestead.

Asked about the pace of development heating up after years of inactivity prompted by the Great Recession, County Commissioner Larry Bustle said constituents know development is inevitable, but they want to "make sure it's good development."

Bustle, who represents the North River and Parrish areas, said commissioners and county staff work to ensure all developments follow county plans and rules.

Betsy Benac, at-large Manatee County commissioner, declined to answer questions about proposed individual projects, reserving her say for when the projects come before the commission.

Many projects are holdovers from the boom before the 2008 bust, and each has to be in accord with the county comprehensive plan, she said.

"We have to see going forward if there is a market for all these homes. The market decides where people want to live," Benac said.

Beruff did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the Buckeye project.

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

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