Location & Map
Gulf Coast Corporate Park is located in an area of north Manatee County that is bounded by Tampa Bay to the west, Interstate 75 to the east, the city of Palmetto and the Manatee River on the south and the Hillsborough County line to the north. The property itself is situated in the east central section of this ten mile by six mile rectangle. Gulf Coast Corporate Park is approximately 6 miles north of the Bradenton central business district, 15 miles north of the Sarasota central business district, 35 miles south of Tampa and 20 miles southeast of St. Petersburg. All of these areas are easily accessed as Interstates 75 and 275 provide direct, uninterrupted travel to each area. These two interstates, in addition to U.S. Highway 41, will be important, influencing factors in the development of this largely rural area over the coming five to ten years.
The maps and aerial photographs show that Gulf Coast Corporate Park is conveniently located to the entire Tampa Bay area. In addition to easy access to Bradenton and Sarasota, Gulf Coast Corporate Park is only 20 minutes from St. Petersburg, and just 35 minutes from Tampa. Served by three international airports, Sarasota/Bradenton is just 20 minutes, and St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Tampa International, are both less than 40 minutes away.
Port Manatee, the closest U.S. seaport on Tampa Bay to the expanding Panama Canal, is two miles north of the site. Also, Port Manatee's short line railroad directly connects to the CSX Corp. mainline, which is less than 1 mile from the port's north gate.
The highways at the site have excess capacity for future growth. Erie Road is divided with a left turn lane into the park. The interchange at Erie Road and I-275 has both left and right turn lanes and has a traffic signal.
With the opening of both the Skyway Bridge to St. Petersburg (I-275) and I-75 from Hillsborough County southward to Naples, the defined neighborhood is poised for strong growth. This expected growth will include residential, commercial and industrial development. Three primary factors will facilitate this growth. These factors are: location at two interstates; availability of utilities; and large parcels in the Park suitable for development.
Gulf Coast Corporate Park is strategically located at the intersection of two interstates. As such, the service area is a fifty mile radius that contains a population base of over three million people (Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties). Each of the four counties is accessible within a one-hour drive. This location has a great deal of appeal to corporations considering a move to the West Coast of Florida. Commuting times and distances to the various central business districts are very favorable. There is an influx of residential spill-over from these areas by residents seeking new and more affordable housing alternatives.
The second factor which bodes favorably for the area is that Manatee County has completed the North County Regional Treatment Plant. This facility has the capacity to treat over 5.4 million gallons of sewage per day. The importance of utilities as a requirement of growth cannot be overemphasized. This is true not only from a practical viewpoint, but also from a concurrency standpoint whereby properties with services will have a competitive advantage over lands without.
And third, there are large parcels in the Park which are held under one ownership within the defined area. Development costs, which include regulatory expenses, require an economy of scale that can spread and lower per unit costs to a feasible level. Large parcels can facilitate this requirement, particularly those developments of a mixed-use plan.
In summary, the neighborhood character is experiencing significant growth and will continue to do so over the next five to ten years. This location is strategically well suited for many different type uses.