Bradenton approves purchase agreement for 14th Street West development project

Former Site of Manatee Inn — Purchased by Beneficial Communities for $700k  –  

Photo credit – GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald

BY MARK YOUNG via Bradenton Herald.com

The proposal to develop three acres of property where the once troubled Manatee Inns motel stood in the 1400 block of 14th Street West received a nod of approval Wednesday.

City council members voted unanimously to sell the property for $700,000 to Sarasota-based developer Beneficial Communities, opening the door for Beneficial to submit a tax credit application, due by October, as one of a limited means of viable financing.

Tax credits come with the stipulation of creating affordable housing. That term has left a negative perception looming over the project from the beginning due to the type of residents the proposed 80-unit mixed use commercial and residential complex could potentially attract.

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