Nearly $3M surplus sale between Manatee schools, Blackrock Development to close Friday

mdelaney@bradenton.comMay 29, 2014 

BRADENTON -- A $2.95 million sale of two surplus land parcels at Manatee County high schools is set to close Friday.

On Tuesday, the Manatee County School Board approved easements as part of the transaction with Blackrock Development Holdings Inc. in Bradenton. The easements are mostly for access, said school board lawyer Jim Dye.

"It doesn't change the use of the remaining property," Dye said.

Blackrock is purchasing 10 acres of land at Braden River High School and 1.64 acres of land at Bayshore High School. Dye told school board mem

bers the money should clear by Tuesday. The district has factored money from the sale into its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The easements were approved with a 4-0 vote. Board member Robert Gause again recused himself from voting citing his development consulting firm Allison Gause Inc. as a conflict of interest.

The school board and Blackrock officials are looking to rezone the land at Braden River from agriculture to general commercial use to develop a shopping center, according to an application filed with Manatee County.

The rezone request will go before the Manatee County Planning Commission, said planner Stephanie Moreland, at a date to be determined.

Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.

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