MANATEE -- Developers of the proposed Robinson Gateway project plan residential, retail and office space, along with a 1,750-seat movie theater and more than one hotel in an area east of Interstate 75 near Parrish.
They seek authorization from Manatee County commissioners Tuesday to set public hearings next fall and winter about regional impact.
A regional impact assessment is needed because the project's character, magnitude and location would have a substantial effect upon the health, safety and welfare of citizens of more than one county.
The project has already won approval from the regional planning council, said Manatee County planner Stephanie Moreland.
Robinson Gateway would be on about 288 acres east of I-75 on the north side of Moccasin Wallow Road and on the west side of Carter Road, according to county documents.
The developer is MW Gateway Development LLC of Bradenton, and the project's name refers to the Robinson family, which operates a tree farm at the site and has owned the land for decades, said attorney Edward Vogler II.
Plans call for 542 residential units, 320 single family attached and 222 multifamily units, 900,000-square-feet of retail space and 600,000 square feet of office space, a 1,750-seat and 130,680-square-foot movie theater and at least one hotel, according to county records.
"The one-phase project is anticipated to be built-out in 2025," said a project description on the commission agenda.
Vogler said the project had "been on pause" for awhile, adding construction could start in a couple of years.
"It's had a lot of review," he said.
If commissioners agree, hearings would be slated for Nov. 13 and Dec. 4, county documents said.
The project's northern limits are approximately 2.5 miles south of the Hillsborough County line.
In Hillsborough County, Amazon is building a 1-million-square-foot distribution center in Ruskin that eventually will employ roughly 1,000 people.
That has contributed to a
flurry of development north of the Manatee River, including the start of construction or requests for approval of nearly 7,000 homes along Moccasin Wallow Road, the Herald has previously reported.
Among the Moccasin Wallow projects are Homes by Towne's Eagle Pointe, Pat Neal's The Villages of Amazon South, John and Michael Neal's Summer Woods and Taylor Morrison's Esplanade at Artisan Lakes.
The largest of the projects along Moccasin Wallow Road is Taylor Morrison's Esplanade at Artisan Lakes active lifestyle community.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.