EAST MANATEE -- As local homebuilders continue to buy more land for new subdivisions, some housing areas established before the Great Recession are riding the current new home construction boom toward building out their communities.
This week, the developers of GreyHawk Landing filed with Manatee County to get approval to build the second-to-last section of the venerable East Manatee community. GreyHawk West LLC, one of the partners in the development, is seeking permission to build 51 homes largely along a single street in a western extension of the 15-year-old subdivision.
Richard Rodgers, GreyHawk West's managing partner, said he expects construction of the first homes in the new phase will begin in June. When finished, it will bring construction on the community's 950 total acres off State Road 64 and Upper Manatee River Road near an end.
Two builders are working in partnership in GreyHawk Landing West. Sam Rodgers Homes of Lakewood Ranch and national builder Homes By Towne will build in the latest subdivision plat, as they have in several other phases of construction. GreyHawk Landing West is being built in five phases.
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The homes the companies plan to build will be between 1,800 and 2,300 square feet and will sell for an average of $450,000, Rodgers said. Buyers are expected to be "a mixture of families, empty nesters and retirees." The homes will be built along Chantilly Trail and a short section of Ragdoll Run.
Eventually, the total number of homes in the two portions of GreyHawk Landing
will be about 1,140.
Rodgers said the community stands out among some newer neighborhoods in East Manatee for the woodlands and hammock habitat left in place between rows of homes. About a third of the acreage in GreyHawk Landing and GreyHawk Landing West is open space.
"What's different from the rest of the neighborhoods is the preservation of the hammocks," he said.
Sam Rodgers and Homes By Towne have finished models operating in GreyHawk Landing West. Between them, about 10 home models are available. The builders will start taking the orders for homes in about a month.
Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027 or on Twitter @MattAtBradenton.