Lake Flores, a mixed-use residential development proposed for southwest Manatee County, was recently recognized by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association as being as “Outstanding Planning Project.” The award was presented to Whiting Preston by the association’s Gulf Coast Chapter on December 4th at its 2015 Holiday Luncheon in Bradenton, Florida.
“On behalf of the entire Lake Flores team, I’m honored to receive this recognition,” said Preston. “The Lake Flores plan has been many years in the making and has involved the time and expertise of countless individuals. We especially appreciate the staff from the Manatee County Planning Department and the input and advice they contributed throughout this process.”
Lake Flores is planned to offer a New Urbanism concept with residents living, working and playing in a pedestrian-oriented community. A multi-modal trail will connect residential and commercial areas to reduce internal traffic and promote the use of alternative means of transportation. Located on nearly 1,300 acres stretching from IMG Academy west to 86th Street between Cortez Road and El Conquistador Parkway, the property had been used for agricultural purposes by Manatee Fruit Company for the last 50 years. The Lake Flores community is expected to gradually transform this area into a bustling community with more than 200 acres of lakes and open spaces. Lake Flores may include as many as 6,500 homes, 3 million square feet of retail and office space, and 500 hotel rooms.