LAKEWOOD RANCH -- A Lakewood Ranch development project will grow by 796 acres, more than doubling in size.
Manatee County commissioners unanimously approved adding the acreage to the Lakewood Centre development in a land-use meeting Thursday.
The number of residential and non-residential units will not increase more than what has been approved, but the development will be spread out over the additional land. It is just south of State Road 64, east of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, north of 44th Avenue East and east and west of future White Eagle Boulevard.
Schroeder-Manatee Ranch's request was initially approved Nov. 13 by the Manatee County Planning Commission. SMR is "good to go," said Shelley Hamilton, the county's principal planner. "They will just start submitting site plans, but those don't go before the board." Now some of the 1,791 residential dwelling units, 300,000 square-feet of retail and 501,000 square-feet of office space -- development that has been approved -- will be moved from the southern portion of Lakewood Centre north of State Road 70, to the new additional land.
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The project's density will decrease drastically, from 6.72 units per acre, gross, to 3.14 units per acre, gross. When completed in 2026, there will be 4,683 residential units, 1.674 million square-feet of retail, 1.463 million square-feet of office and 300 hotel rooms within Lakewood Centre.
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