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residences and hotels. The county has been moving ahead with rezoning for large- scale development there. Wednesday's County Commission vote was split, however, with Chairman Charles Hines and Commissioner Nora Patterson dissent- ing. Both voiced reservations about selling this piece of county property that is rising in value and has the potential to be a lure for a bigger opportunity. Board members supporting the project said it will fill a void in the county's lack of manufac- turing space and, they hope, provide a facility where smaller compa- nies can grow. "Light industrial Class A [space] is extremely hard to find," noted C o m m i s s i o n e r J o e Barbetta. After several months of negotiations, Benderson offered the county $3 million for the site, but it also will pay $1.35 million to bring in fill material to enhance its design potential. The extra expense will make the construction of elevated truck delivery lanes possible, said Lin Kurant, the county's real estate services manager. Further, the company will grant easements to the county, including a 28-foot-wide path The County Commission has approved Benderson Development's plans for a business complex on Fruitville Road. Image courtesy Sarasota County I think this hampers the [Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County] being able to negotiate with the larger big players. Charles Hines Chairman Sarasota County Commission Sarasota News Leader July 11, 2014 Page 16

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