BRADENTON — Sarasota-based developer Samuel Hamad presented a model of Metro Marquee, a mixed-use development scheduled to go before the city council for approval in August.
Between two towers, one with 18 stories and the other with 21, the contemporarily-designed project will have 138 units, a grocery store, retail space and offices.
Hamad said he has had his eye on the location, a parcel on the corner of Third Avenue West and Seventh Street West, for more than a year, with the belief that Bradenton has the potential to support it and other projects like it.
"There are all the elements in the city of Bradenton to make it a major city on the west coast of Florida," Hamad said during a city hall news conference this morning, adding that its proximity to the Manatee River makes it an attractive place for urban development.
Metro Marquee goes before the Architectural Review Board on June 26 and the Planning Commission on July 16 before its final vote before the City Council on Aug. 15.