PARRISH -- Joining the parade of proposed new developments along Moccasin Wallow Road is a 300-unit apartment complex called The Floridian at Moccasin, according to documents filed with Manatee County Building and Development Services.
The Floridian at Moccasin would be constructed on 59.7 acres at 9009 Moccasin Wallow Road. The northern portion of the property was formerly used as a fish farm, while the southern portion is forest.
To the west of the property is a citrus grove. To the north is a cattle pasture.
A number of significant developments are planned along the two-lane highway, including the Robinson Gateway project, and Parrish Lakes, each of which would contain multi-family residences, in addition to single family housing, and significant retail and commercial space.
All of the development along Moccasin Wallow and the greater Parrish area helps make it one of the hottest development areas in Manatee County.
There are 23,095 dwelling units in the area already approved or for which approvals are being requested, the Herald previously
Helping drive development is construction of the Fort Hamer Bridge, scheduled for completion in early 2017.
The bridge will offer a direct link between Parrish and Lakewood Ranch.
The Floridian at Moccasin, however, is closer to Interstate 75 than U.S. 301, and has the distinction of being an apartment complex rather than a mix of different types of residential units.
All of the new projects planned for Moccasin Wallow Road give planners cause for concern about needed highway improvements.
"When you look at the improvements we'll need, there is not enough money to build them all," John Osborne, Manatee County planning official, previously told the Herald.
Joseph Gigliotti owns the apartment complex project, while Barrington Group is listed as the property owner. Cavoli Engineering of Sarasota is listed as agent for the project.
Cavoli Engineering referred questions about the project to Gigliotti. Neither Gigliotti nor Larry Lieberman of The Barrington Group could be reached for comment.
The developer is seeking a rezone from agricultural use to planned development residential.
County planning staff comments are due by Oct. 7.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter @jajones