Business briefs: Minto Communities finishes multifamily building, Taylor Studios formed

BRADENTON -- National builder Suffolk Construction has completed construction of the first multifamily building at Minto Communities' Marina Walk Resort Villas community in Bradenton. Two luxury home models opened in the community on April 2.

Marina Walk Resort Villas is located within the Harbour Isle neighborhood in Bradenton at 12300 Manatee Ave. This 220-acre island community is almost entirely surrounded by the waters of Anna Maria Sound along the western shoreline and Perico Bayou to the east. Each Marina Walk Resort Villa building includes four residential stories over parking, with 12 waterfront residences. All residences have views of Anna Maria Sound or the Harbour Isle lagoon.

Construction continues at the Marina Walk development this summer, with three additional buildings being completed and four new buildings commencing construction.

Former Fawley Bryant architect, wife form firm

BRADENTON - Former longtime Fawley Bryant architect Jason "JB" Taylor has teamed with his artist wife, Sarah Taylor, to launch Taylor Studios Inc.

Based in Bradenton, Taylor Studios offers services including architecture, fine arts and consulting services.

In addition to architecture and interior design, the Taylors are looking forward to more public art commissions and adding to the Bradenton arts community.

More information about the firm is available at

Free first-time homebuyer class available

BRADENTON - Catholic Charities will hold a free first-time homebuyer class at the Catholic Charities office located at 1219 16th Street West in Bradenton.

Topics to be covered include the steps to successful home ownership, shopping for a loan, shopping for a home and choosing a real estate agent.

Catholic Charities will hold three class sessions:

May 14, 8 a.m. to 5:35 p.m.

May 23, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

May 24, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Participants in the class will be eligible for assistance from Manatee and Sarasota counties bond and/or grant programs for down payment and closing costs. For more information and to register for the class, call Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc. at 941-714-7829.

Fed likely to keep interest rates unchanged

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. job market is healthy. The stock market is up. Home prices are rising. Yet as the Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, it seems in no mood to resume raising interest rates from ultra-lows.

With the global economy struggling and U.S. inflation still below the Fed's target rate, many economists see little likelihood of a rate increase even before the second half of the year.

The outlook for the world economy was downgraded this month by the International Monetary Fund, which warned of the risk of another international recession. Any major global slump would, in turn, hinder U.S. growth.

-- Herald staff, wire reports