Manatee's Southwest District celebrates public-private redevelopment project May 22

  • May 19, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 17, 2017) – Manatee County will announce details of the first major public-private redevelopment project of the new Southwest District during an event at Parkwood Professional Center Monday, May 22 at 10 a.m.

 Parkwood Professional Center business owners and Manatee County Government will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for recent improvements to the business park. The office park is a mixed use complex with offices for doctors, accountants, attorneys and other professional firms. The event will be held at 4810 26th Street West, Bradenton.

The project was accomplished through funding from the Southwest District which encourages redevelopment in aging areas of the County. Manatee's new Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity (REO) Department oversaw the project and is responsible for working with neighborhoods and businesses in the district on projects to improve aesthetics and land values in the District. 

"This is the perfect example of the kind of partnership you're going to see throughout the Southwest District," said REO Director Geri Lopez. "These kinds of projects can improve property values, decrease crime, reduce code enforcement cases and provide employment and opportunities for local workers."

Some of the Parkwood improvements include tree trimming, curb cuts and realignment of the northern driveway to make it easier for drivers to enter the office park. Parkwood Professional Condominium Association made interior drive aisle repairs, improved parking, removed and replaced and added landscaping and a new entry sign.  

Dr. Michael B. Spellman, president of the Parkwood Condominium Association, will speak about how the project came together and his experience working with the County on the improvements. 

“So often you hear complaints about government projects, but everyone with Manatee County had a 'can do' attitude,” Spellman said. “Everyone I worked with was bright, knowledgeable about their field, and remarkably creative when it came to problem solving. This project is truly the product of a group effort and group input.”
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