MANATEE -- Neal Land Ventures, a John Neal company, has purchased the Dakin Family Homestead property in Parrish for $4.5 million.
The 238-acre property, east of Parrish and south of State Road 62, is the site of the original Dakin dairy. It has not been used as a dairy for many years.
The only remaining Dakin Dairy is in the Myakka City area.
Dakin Family Homestead is near the Cone Ranch South project, which is proposed for 1,107 residential units on 595 acres, the Herald previously reported.
The new subdivision planned for Dakin Homestead will be friendlier to the environment than was the old dairy, which leeched waste into Gamble Creek, Neal said Tuesday.
"I am hoping by spring of next year to have some models up," Neal said.
"I wanted to learn something from the family about the history of the property," Neal said, hinting that some of its dairy heritage could be incorporated into the design of the new subdivision.
Prior to the sale, the Dakin family sought approval to increase the number of homes permitted for the property to 584, all of which would be free-standing, single family houses.
"We are in the business of improving land and subdivision design and development," Neal said. "We pay attention to the details. We are going to work it real hard."
Cameron Dakin, who signed the warranty deed for the property earlier this month, talked about the family's decision to stop farming the homestead in a Herald interview in 2008.
"It's just that we've moved away from there. It's inconvenient to produce crops and haul it 25 miles," Dakin said.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter@jajones1.