Lakewood Ranch Herald

Lennar to build more homes and a golf course in northern Lakewood Ranch

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Lennar Homes, the developer that recently built the upscale Bridgewater Manor amd Estate Homes in Lakewood Centre, has submitted plans to Manatee County for two large residential developments, called Bridgewater East and Lakewood National Golf and Country Club.

Both developments would be surrounded by a new golf course.

The housing would be located near Bridgewater at Lakewood Ranch on about 1,389 acres of land north of State Road 70, east of Lorraine Road and the Premier Sports Campus, and bordered by two future private roads, Bourneside Boulevard to the east and Uihlein Road to the west.

Plans also call for Bridgewater East to have direct access to State Road 70.

Lennar, which also has built homes at the Heritage Harbour master-planned community, has submitted a traffic and transportation analysis, environmental assessment, fire district report and a school impact study to Manatee County Building and Development Services for approval before construction of the large-sale project can begin.

According to Manatee County records, Lennar intends to build two separate communities of 889 single-family detached homes, 1,110 multi-family attached townhomes/condominiums, and a 36-hole golf course, with a clubhouse, resort pool, fitness center and a driving range on 158 acres. The developer will initially construct and operate the facilities until such time as they are turned over to the homeowner associations. De

signs also include a cul-de-sac, which will wrap around the homes in Lakewood National Golf and Country Club to provide a safer alternative to golf cart crossings used by the golf course.

Lennar's current Brigewater project off White Eagle Boulevard, which has two more construction phases to go, has been selling well, according to Olivia Macey, new homes consultant for the company's Southwest Florida Division. She said the community's two story-homes, which can be as large as 3,828 square feet, and cost upwards of $600,000, are perfect for families relocating.

"We have mostly full-time residents and everyone has their own pool, so there's no need for any community amenities, which keeps the homeowner-association fees down. We're maintenance free, which helps the cost as well."

Macey also added that Lakewood Ranch is a prime location for any builder to stake claim.

"There is never any need to leave Lakewood Ranch and it's not as congested as the areas around the new mall," she said. "We have lots of green space here, all the schools are within a two-mile radius, the shopping is here, and you just can't beat that."

The proposed Bridgewater East-Lakewood National Golf and Country Club developments, to be divided by the Braden River which runs through the middle of both properties, is scheduled to be built in phases over the next 10 years.

As part of the overall master plan for Lakewood Ranch, developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch has pledged more than 324,000 acres in Lakewood Centre and its northwest counterpart for employment-based retail, office and industrial development to achieve a jobs-to-housing balance.

Kathryn Moschella, Lakewood Ranch reporter can be reached at 941-745-7010. Follow her on Twitter @MoschellaHerald.