Benderson seeks expansion of University Parkway shopping centers

cschelle@bradenton.comJuly 3, 2014 

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Benderson Development is seeking permission to build another 25,000 square feet of retail space onto two of its existing shopping centers on University Parkway.

The space would be added on both sides of Honore Avenue in the University Park Center beside The Fresh Market and near Home Depot.

A 6,380-square-foot space would be added onto the existing Eyeglass Works for another retail space in a strip that includes Allstate, The Fresh Market and an Expedia CruiseShipCenter scheduled to open soon.

On the east side of Honore, a retention pond would be removed for a 14,134-square-foot retail space with another 4,990-square-foot unit on the north side of the building, along with a patio. About 25 trees would have to be removed and replanted for the construction, according to plans filed with Manatee County.

The plans are going through the administrative approval process, not requiring a vote of the Manatee County Commission. County staff expects to have comments by July 16.

Todd Mathes, Benderson's director of development, did not return a request for comment for this story. Benderson is seeing continued high demand for space along University Parkway for retail as the Mall at University Town Center is readying to open Oct. 16 on Cattlemen Road. Benderson is seeing the addition of Lane Bryant, HomeGoods, MalibuFox, Expedia, Chicken Kitchen, Shapes and others coming online for their shopping centers along University Parkway.

The University Park-based developer is also finalizing plans for a free trolley service to shuttle shoppers between its shopping centers and the mall, which is expected to start in time for the mall's grand opening.

Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.

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