PDQ close to rezoning former school land

MANATEE -- A restaurant company that wants to sell Bradenton-area residents quick chicken meals is close to having more land available for a restaurant.

24/7 Development Holdings, a land-development subsidiary of Tampa-based PDQ restaurants, won preliminary commercial-zoning approval Thursday for 2.8 acres it owns near Braden River High School. The Manatee County Planning Commission approved the zoning change unanimously, less member Paul Rutledge's vote.

Rutledge, a first vice president with Tampa commercial real estate company CBRE, recused himself from the vote because he said he is under contract to receive fees for personal benefit related to the issue.

The land is part a set of 2014 deals in which 24/7 purchased more than 16 acres from the Manatee County School District for $3.7 million, according to county land records. Parcels changing hands include nearly 13 acres near the high school, acreage a block south of U.S. 301 in Palmetto and property at the corner of 34th Street West and Cortez Road.

PDQ opened a restaurant about a mile east of the Braden River High School site last fall at the intersection of Lena Road and State Road

70. Company officials did not respond to a request for comment on whether they plan to build another PDQ on the rezoned land.

Under the resolution approved by the planning commission, the rezone allows 24/7 to develop the land for most commercial uses, including as office space or a gas station.

Final approval for the rezone would come from the Manatee County Board of Commissioners at a future meeting.

Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027, or on Twitter @MattAtBradenton.