LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Florikan, a fertilizer maker, has broken ground on a 80,000-square-foot manufacturing, distribution and warehousing facility in Wauchula.
Located next to the city's Hardee County Commerce Park, the building is expected to be completed in July.
Florikan's 12 to 15 front office employees will move into 3,000 square feet of ground-floor space at 6801 Energy Court in Lakewood Ranch during the same month.
Operating out of several buildings near Fruitville Road, the company has sold off most of its buildings and the past two years. The company's president, Eric Rosenthal, announced the dual moves to Lakewood Ranch and Wachula in April. Florikan employs 50 people and has plans to expand its workforce by 20.
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Real Estate firm moves downtown for elbow room
BRADENTON -- Keller Williams on the Water is moving its primary office into downtown Bradenton and, well, closer to the water.
The 8-year-old real estate agency is moving into the first floor of the First Bank Plaza at 1301 Sixth Ave. W., where, according to company leadership, it will be the only international agency in Bradenton's downtown core. The agency will move out of its current office at 5239 Manatee Ave. W. on Friday.
Rich Ganim, the agency's CEO and team leader, said Keller Williams on the Water is moving for at least two reasons: The company needed more space, and its personnel want to be part of the downtown Bradenton community.
"To put our office in the heart of Bradenton is something that we've wanted to do for years," Ganim said.
The new 7,000-square-foot office will be home for the company's 85 agents. Keller Williams will occupy two suites in the First Bank building, one by agents and the other to be used as an administrative center.
Keller Williams on the Water also operates an office on Anna Maria Island. The agency's majority owner and operating partner is Joanne Owens.
Other Bradenton real es
tate offices that operate internationally include Premier Sotheby's International Realty in Lakewood Ranch, and Michael Saunders & Co. and Wagner Realty in West Bradenton.
High-rise Sarasota hotel under construction
SARASOTA -- The newest high-rise hotel on Sarasota's downtown waterfront broke ground late last week, kicking off a $300-million construction project that will anchor the corner of U.S. 41 and the northeast end of the John Ringling Causeway.
West Palm Beach-based Kolter Group expects to open its 18-story, 255-room Westin Sarasota in July 2016.
Under construction next door is another Kolter project, the VUE Sarasota Bay condominium. The Westin will share its parking structure with the 141-unit VUE. Site work for both projects began this summer.
The two structures are being built on a piece of land that was once the site of a former Denny's restaurant.
According to a Kolter news release, the two properties will be constructed by Kast Construction, also of West Palm Beach.
Units in the VUE are expected to sell from about $800,000 to more than $2 million.
Herald staff reports