A proposed 61-unit multifamily residential project brought out the red shirts to the Manatee County Planning Commission meeting Thursday.
More than 25 residents, mostly from Peridia Golf and Country Club, filled the commission chambers to speak in opposition to the rezone request and preliminary site plan for The Terraces at Peridia, which would be built on the west side of Peridia Boulevard and north of State Road 70.
“We do not believe this proposed change is consistent and compatible with the patterns in the area,” said Wayne Roell, who spoke on behalf of 212 Peridia residents.
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But the planning commission unanimously recommended approval of the request, which will go before county commissioners Aug. 4 for final approval. Sixteen of the 61 units would be affordable housing.
“It is a struggle right now in the industry to find affordable housing,” said Denise Thomas, county housing and community development coordinator.
The property where the housing would be built has been for sale for nine years, according to Glenn Buzbee, pastor of the Braden River Presbyterian Church, which is also on the 8.56-acre site.
“It looks to me that this is the next growth area for Manatee County,” he said. “I feel like there would be some really beneficial things for us as a county, us as a church and the Peridia neighborhood.”
The sale of the property for the housing would pay off some church debt, according to Ray Tolley, a member at the church and Peridia Golf and Country Club.
“I think this is the best use of the property,” he said.
The planning commission also:
- Approved continuing the Myara Subdivision proposal for up to 32 houses on about 33 acres of wooded area in East Manatee until the Aug. 11 planning commission meeting. Braden Woods and other East Manatee residents want this wooded area conserved.
- Recommended for approval a rezone to planned development residential and a preliminary site plan for 187 lots for single-family detached residences on the east side of Ellenton-Gillette Road and south of Amlong Road in Palmetto.
- Recommended for approval a preliminary site plan for the construction of a 3,123-square-foot convenience store, a 3,071-square-foot canopy over fuel dispensers/gas pumps and an 896-square-foot car wash on the northeast corner of Lockwood Ridge Road and University Parkway, now home to a convenience store with gas pumps and car wash.