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More urbanization is coming to an area south of Bradenton that until the recent past was used as cattle pasture. A three-story, 120,000-square-foot self-storage facility and a commercial outparcel for retail use is planned on 8.16 acres west of 30th Street East, south of 44th Avenue East, and east of U.S. 301. The next-door neighbor to the planned self-storage building is Manatee Charter School, which opened in 2012. Just across the street from the proposed development is Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

The property owners are seeking approval of a general development plan with rezone. On the north side of 44th Avenue East, site work is underway on a town home community. A Miami Beach company, Mas Development Corp., filed paperwork with Manatee County in March 2021 to develop 35.88 acres at 3806 30th St. E. as a 310-unit town home community called Braden Pointe, the Herald previously reported.

The charter school, the town home development and the proposed self-storage building are all on land previously used to graze cattle. The owner of the oblong-shaped property proposed for a self-storage building is listed on the Manatee County Property Appraiser web site as B & H Cattle Company, 1206 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The construction of self-storage units is yet another byproduct of the surge of new residents. Mike Snipes, an economics instructor at USF Sarasota-Manatee, previously said that the self storage phenomenon is a classic example of supply and demand related to the housing boom. “We have so many houses changing hands now,” Snipes said.


New residents and current residents changing houses often need a place to store their belongings while they are in transition, a process that can take months.

April 20, 2022
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