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Manatee County could get new entrance way, Robinson Gateway, in next 10 years

MANATEE -- Robinson Gateway, a 288-acre proposed multi-use development near Interstate 75 near Parrish, was recommended for approval by the Manatee County Planning Commission on Thursday.

With no members of the public commenting during the public hearing, the project, which will have 542 residential units, 900,000 square feet of retail space, 600,000 square feet of office space, a 1,750-seat movie theater and 350 hotel rooms, will now go before the county commission in a public hearing April 2.

"We believe this is the ideal location and property for Robinson Gateway," said Will Robinson, whose father, Bill, owns the property. "We are providing you an amazing opportunity in development."

At its Thursday meeting, the planning commission unanimously recommended for approval the new, multi-use development of regional impact report, in addition to the associated general-development plan and zoning ordinance.

"The site is in a designated entranceway of Manatee County," county documents said.

Robinson Land Holdings Joint Venture owns the land and the developer is MW Gateway Development LLC of Bradenton.

The buildout date of Robinson Gateway, to be constructed on the

former site of a tree farm and nursery, is between Dec. 31, 2025, and Dec. 31, 2026.

Robinson Gateway is a neo-traditional development and the project is designed for mixed-use development, which provides for a more cohesive community, said Rachel Layton, director of planning with ZNS Engineering.

"The project is designed as a walkable community to encourage a live-work community," she said, adding that the developer will build a 30-acre park on the property's Carter Road border.

Robinson Gateway would be east of I-75 on the north side of Moccasin Wallow Road and on the west side of Carter Road, about two miles south of the Hillsborough County line.

At buildout, the development's annual property taxes will yield $6.3 million in revenues to Manatee County, according to county documents. County impact fees for roads, fire and emergency medical services, parks and utility fees are expected to exceed $23 million by buildout.

Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024 or at caronson@bradenton.com. Follow her on Twitter @Claire_Aronson.

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