El­len­ton might get a movie theater

The Bradenton Herald - - Front Page - BY RYAN CALLIHAN rcal­li­han@braden­ton.com

Planned de­vel­op­ment is back on the plate for a movie theater, ho­tel and com­mer­cial space near the El­len­ton Premium Out­lets.

The project plan was orig­i­nally sub­mit­ted in Septem­ber 2016, but the movie theater fell through and the de­vel­oper opted for a 5-story ho­tel in­stead. A mod­i­fied ver­sion of the pro­posal came be­fore the Mana­tee County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion on Thurs­day.

The new de­vel­op­ment pro­posal fea­tures a 50,000-square-foot movie theater, a 330-room ho­tel and 120,000 square feet of com­mer­cial re­tail space on 7.86 acres of land at 5939 25th St. E., along the north­west cor­ner of 60th Av­enue East and Fac­tory Shops Boule­vard.

Mar­garet Tus­ing, a plan­ner han­dling the pro­posal, ex­plained that the rea­son the project has come back be­fore the board is that the size of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ments changed. Be­fore, the ho­tel was slated to in­clude 220 rooms and the movie theater was only 34,000 square feet.

“We’re very spe­cific in our ti­tles so we de­ter­mined we had to come back to the com­mis­sion be­cause we were so spe­cific,” Tus­ing said. “We said we wanted a movie theater at this square footage and non-res­i­den­tial at this square feet, so the ho­tel couldn’t be in­cluded be­fore.”

Ac­cord­ing to sub­mit­ted doc­u­ments, the de­vel­op­ment would in­clude two-way ac­cess points along both Fac­tory Shops Boule­vard and 60th Av­enue East. Com­mis­sioner Paul Roth ques­tioned how the project might af­fect traf­fic, but Tus­ing noted that a traf­fic study isn’t re­quired at the gen­eral de­vel­op­ment plan stage but will be con­ducted in the fu­ture.

Tus­ing clar­i­fied that the de­vel­oper, OHM Teerth In­vest­ments & Con­sult­ing, will be lim­ited the uses that have been brought be­fore the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers.

Plan­ning com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a mo­tion to rec­om­mend the plan to county com­mis­sion­ers. The board will have the fi­nal say on the mat­ter at a later date.

JAMES A. JONES JR. ja­jones1@braden­ton.com

The Mana­tee County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion moved to ap­prove the rec­om­men­da­tion of a tweaked pro­posal for a 50,000-square-foot movie theater.

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