(West Florida) Plans are in the works for an upscale waterfront community with private yacht club along a stretch of Tamiami Trail that is part of Manatee County’s newly approved “urban corridor” designation meant to trigger redevelopment of aging areas. Proposed by Sarasota Bay Harbor LLC, the planned community will be known as Blu Harbor and is slated to include four condominium buildings with up to seven stories and 212 units, significant on-site amenities, and a private yacht club and marina with up to 132 boat slips. While the property has an existing county-approved development plan, the Blu Harbor team is looking to modify that plan with a design that will be more attractive to the buyer and a reduction in number of units.
“We are currently working with county staff as we prepare to present our proposal to the Manatee County Planning Commission and, eventually, the Board of County Commissioners,” said spokesperson Linda Gross. “We are excited to be the first project to be part of the new urban corridor plan and look forward to helping to revitalize the surrounding area and hopefully spark additional redevelopment. County staff has been very helpful throughout the process and we look forward to bringing the Blu Harbor vision to fruition.”
The development team expects Blu Harbor to have a substantial positive impact on its surrounding area, including a renewed interest in beautification projects along South Tamiami Trail, an increase in property values, and a major influx of new tax dollars for the county that can be used for local infrastructure improvements.
Blu Harbor’s intended location is 12.4 acres of currently vacant and overgrown land that fronts Bowles Creek and is adjacent to Hawks Harbor. The development team has already hosted several meetings with future neighbors and has earned widespread support.
The anticipated vision for Blu Harbor is of a gated waterfront community with lush landscaping and island-inspired architecture, as well as an array of amenities including a private yacht club with pool and fitness center, a boardwalk, fire pit, and walking trails. The most unique aspect of the neighborhood will be its dual freshwater and saltwater marinas that offer quick boating access to Sarasota Bay. Future residents will enjoy the opportunity for golfing privileges at a nearby country club, access to private jet memberships and to the surrounding dining, shopping, and entertainment.
More information about this new community will be made available as plans progress. Any questions may be addressed to Linda Gross at 941-720-0462.