South of Cortez Road and West of IMG Academy sits approximately 1,600 acres of farmland. You’ve probably seen it as you travel down 53rd Avenue towards 75th Street. That’s the farmland we’re talking about converting into something special for all residents to enjoy.
Why does it make so much sense to convert farmland into a community asset?
1. It is the only readily vacant land west of 75 that is available for development into a creative community that combines live, work, and play opportunities. Maybe that is why the independent studies stated:
a. How Will We Grow? Report: “The development of Manatee Fruit Company and area properties may have a trickle-down effect economically to the county and will bring more investment to the US 301 and US 41 corridors.”
b. Urban Land Institute Report: “Development of the site as mixed-use development with new types of retail and housing products would be a game-changer for the county.”
2. Through the county’s plan to handle future growth, our property already has infrastructure (power, water, sewer, sidewalks) in place that would maximize taxpayer dollars already spent.
3. The size of the property allows for a more comprehensive plan to include great people places, greenways, trails and more. Equally important, our longterm ownership and vision for the property means our goals are not driven by the desire for short term gains, nor by the need for quick returns to outside investors.
4. Our land is adjacent to IMG Academies, one of the biggest sports brands in the country, to which we sold land for their recent expansion. The ULI study recommended to extend the sports brand by attracting other specialized sports businesses (repair, rehab and performance) to the region to transform the area into the sports training capital of America.