MANATEE -- Benderson Development's SRQ Commerce Park is proving to be a success, and has been given preliminary approval to expand.
The Manatee County Planning Commission on Thursday approved a request for a second phase and rezone for the Class A commercial park.
So far, the park at 77th Avenue East and U.S. 301 is home to Berry Plastics, Classic Cars of Sarasota, Omicron Granite and RND Automation and Engineering and only has one remaining space to fill.
"We're continuing to see demand," said Larry Fineberg, executive director of industrial, office and warehouse space for University Park-based Benderson Development Co.
The space is attracting more light manufacturing tenants than anticipated.
"It hasn't been just the distribution stuff," Fineberg said. "It's also been light manufacturing, which is what we want to attract in the community to help diversify it."
The 27-acre property is being requested to rezone from light manufacturing and planned development commercial to planned development industrial. It also wants to add another 79,158 square feet of light industrial/warehouse space to the existing 248,459 square feet of space.
The state-of-the-art warehouse features energy efficient lighting, an early suppression fast response fire sprinkler system, high bays and 28- to 30-foot high ceiling space to allow tenants to better rack and warehouse inventory, he said.
The second phase will see the addition of a 109,980-square-foot warehouse being built on speculation as no tenant has been lined up yet, Fineberg said. Construction will start immediately after approval, Fineberg said, with the goal of having the building completed by the end of the year.
The park helps complement Benderson's Sarasota-Bradenton Commerce Park by the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Fineberg said.
"One is a more contained park, the Sarasota-Bradenton Commerce Center, and that's been a real positive project for us," Fineberg said. "The new one, SRQ on 301, steps it up a little bit. It's a similar type product, but it has great visibility and great access off one of the major north-south routes."
The County Commission is scheduled to consider Benderson's request June 5, said Shelley Hamilton, principle planner for Manatee County Government.
Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twittercface fontname="Roman" naxe="0" iaxis="0"/>