Builders searching for compromise with automotive YouTube star Cleetus McFarland plan to construct a residential neighborhood that particularly caters to motorheads to appease concern that enlargement of Lakewood Ranch might spell an finish to the race tracks.

The enlargement would embody 2,400 acres of land owned by SMR Taylor Ranch, however dozens of Manatee County residents and supporters from throughout the nation stuffed the county fee chambers in December to oppose the plan over concern that improvement will result in the demise of the Freedom Manufacturing facility and Bradenton Motorsports Park.

The racetracks have operated locally for the reason that Nineteen Seventies and got here into prominence in recent times after McFarland, whose actual identify is Garrett Mitchell, bought and renamed the previous DeSoto Speedway in 2020. Victor Alvarez owns the Bradenton Motorsports Park.

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Lawyer Kyle Grimes, who represents LWR Communities LLC, advised Manatee County’s planning fee earlier this month {that a} compromise is within the works. Manatee County commissioners will think about the matter at a future assembly.

Grimes stated the developer plans to designate 140 acres adjoining to the racetracks as a “race village” just like the Motor Enclave in Tampa. The village would come with townhome buildings with massive outsized garages.

Builders additionally suggest an 80- to 100-foot vast buffer between the 2 properties, and a berm wall that’s a minimum of 25 ft tall. Grimes stated builders might construct a highway to immediately tie the neighborhood to the race monitor property as effectively.

Each future home-owner all through the complete SMR Taylor Ranch property must comply with deed restrictions that prohibit them from elevating objections to race monitor actions or noise.

“This space might be particularly designed and marketed in the direction of consumers, homeowners, and tenants that not solely actually perceive and admire the makes use of and operations on the race monitor, however that wish to reside in shut proximity to it,” Grimes stated.

This text initially appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Lakewood Ranch builders search compromise on racetracks

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