Based on some of the comments made here on BradentonsFuture.com and on our Facebook page, we believe there are some misconceptions about the nature of the Lake Flores location, the property itself, and how best to develop it. Hopefully, this post and some aerial images will help to clear up some of these misconceptions.
As the Site photo shows, the property is a farm, with little undeveloped green space. In fact, this land has been an active farm for over fifty years and the land has been impacted 100% by this farming operation. It is surrounded by a matrix of roads consisting of Cortez Road, 75th Street, 86th Street, El Conquistador Parkway, and 53rd Avenue West. There is a fire station and water treatment plant adjacent to and bordering the Lake Flores property as well as the practice fields and developed land of IMG. This photo also shows the property does not border Sarasota Bay.
As one can see from the Property Location photo, housing, retail and commercial development, and municipal buildings surround our property. Manatee County has been putting the infrastructure in place to support the development of this area for more than a decade. As opposed to urban sprawl (1), which requires the extension of new infrastructure for access and support, our plans to develop this land are what Manatee county and the Urban Land Institute call in-fill (2).”
There are also no high value ecological portions of the property that should be left as-is for use as parkland. Parks and recreation areas will be newly created within the Lake Flores master plan. Furthermore, when compared to the revenue generated, and the jobs created by the mixed-use community that we envision at Lake Flores – simply leaving this land vacant is clearly not in the best interest of the county. We feel strongly that the opportunity Lake Flores presents is one of economic and social revitalization and prosperity for the immediate area, and will ultimately benefit everyone in Manatee County.
(1) Urban Sprawl means a development pattern characterized by low density automobile dependent development with either a single use or multiple uses that are not functionally related, requiring the extension of public facilities and services in an inefficient manner and failing to provide a clean separation of urban and rural uses (“How Will We Grow” Manatee County. February 2013).
(2) In-fill development, in its simplest form, is the development or redevelopment of land that has been bypassed, remained vacant, or is underutilized as a result of the continuing development process (Urban Land Institute).
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