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State College of Florida advances toward a Parrish campus.

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Its plan got a thumbs up.


State College of Florida has a long way to go in the journey to build a Parrish campus, but it reached an important milestone on Thursday morning.

After about one hour of presentations and questions, the Manatee County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the college’s general development plan. The plan is an overview of possible uses for the land, and it now faces a review by the Board of County Commissioners on March 5.

Approval would open the door for SCF to finalize its layout and constructions plans for each stage of the project, but the process is fluid and could easily evolve over the next several years.

“They see Parrish as a growing community, and one where their services can be well-utilized by the residents,” said Katie LaBarr, of Stantec Consulting Services.

LaBarr addressed the planning commission on Thursday morning, on behalf of SCF’s Board of Trustees. She said development of the property — about 74 acres at 11680 Erie Road — is broken into three phases.


State College Parrish Florida land map locator9/15/2017 by Tracy B /
State College of Florida has closed on the purchase of 74 +/- acres of vacant land, located at 11680 Erie Road in Parrish, Florida, for $2,496,000.The site will used for a future east-County campus. Tom Brown with Wagner Realty and Tony Veldkamp, CCIM with SVN Commercial Advisory Group handled the transaction.





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Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a Manatee and Sarasota, Florida-based master-planned community development organization led by John A. Neal. The company incorporates smart master-planning to create the next level of elite community living in Southwest Florida. By working with carefully selected new home builders, Neal Land & Neighborhoods aims to establish thriving, sustainable, livable and ecologically sensitive communities throughout Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties. Neal Land & Neighborhoods currently owns or controls several thousand acres of land entitled for more than 9,000 future residential homes and the supporting mixed-use commercial and retail.