Manatee County Commission clears way for Creekwood development

skennedy@bradenton.comApril 4, 2014 

MANATEE -- Manatee County commissioners Thursday OK'd changes in a Creekwood development of regional impact mixed-use project to accommodate new investors.

The Creekwood project is along the northwest and northeast quadrants of State Road 70 and Interstate 75.

The project's designation as an 818.26-acre development of regional impact, which denotes larger-scale plans of regional significance, dates to 1985.

Much of it is already built, said Bob Gause, an attorney representing a client buying lots in the area.

His client, Kronos Capital of St. Petersburg, is buying a 16-acre portion of the project with developed lots, Gause said.

"They're going to finish those lots," Gause said after the meeting at County Administrative Center.

His clients sought changes to allow a group care home, agreeing in return to reduce commercial square footage, Gause said.

"The issue becomes traffic," Gause said noting traffic out of a group-care home is much less from a commercial building such as a fast-food restaurant.

The commission approved his request to revise the zoning and general development plan, and amended the project's development order.

The board OK'd plans to allow:

• A group-care home.

• A maximum building height of 40 feet for the group care home.

• Rezoning for part of the Creekwood East Subdivision.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.

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