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.
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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.