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Mixed-use development approved in Parrish area with drainage woes

PARRISH — A 1,155-acre agricultural property that is mostly a dying orange grove could, by the year 2036, become fully built out as another mixed-use development in rapidly growing Parrish.

On Thursday, the Manatee County Commission voted 6-1 in favor of a development plan for Parrish Lakes.

Property owner Claude Melli’s Brandon-based FLM Inc. submitted the proposal for the site south of Moccasin Wallow Road, north of Erie Road and about three-quarters of a mile east of Interstate 75. The development could eventually consist of 3,300 homes, 400,000 square feet of retail space and 50,000 square feet of offices.

The requested residential density of three homes per acre is half of what the developer could request under the county’s comprehensive land use plan.