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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

New Arvida site plan reduces number of condos

The Arvida Corporation submitted a new site plan to the City of Bradenton yesterday for its planned Perico Island condominium project, a move that had long been expected by opponents of the development.

According to documents from Arvida, the new plan calls for a reduction in the number of condominiums from 893 to 686, but some of the buildings appear to be 10 stories high, the same height called for in the original plan.

Arvida said this new site plan would result in 18 fewer buildings and 207 less condominium units than its plan previously approved by the Bradenton City Council. That plan has been challenged in court by the environmental group ManaSota-88 and a group of concerned citizens.

In addition, said an Arvida statement, the new site plan will result in a 23 percent reduction in traffic on State Road 64 (Manatee Avenue), and the gross density of the project will be lowered on the 352-acre site.

The new plans call for five buildings of 300 total units with two stories of parking and eight buildings with 386 total club residences and one story of parking.

There will be walking trails and a bike path, along with a boat launch area for kayaks, canoes and small sailboats, Arvida said. A clubhouse, cabana and tennis courts are also planned.

Efforts to reach Arvida Vice-President Ed Hill to determine the number of stories planned for each building under the new site plan were unsuccessful by press deadline. An Arvida spokesperson said Hill would comment today, March 3, about the new plan.

Efforts to reach ManaSota-88 Executive Director Glenn Compton for comment were also unsuccessful.