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Apartments, townhomes planned on Fruitville Road in Sarasota

A single-family home built in 1962 on several acres will be removed.

SARASOTA COUNTY — A undeveloped section of Fruitville Road is headed for a substantial change.

Developers plan to build an apartment community and a townhome complex across from each other along the 4800 block of heavily traveled Fruitville.

Rezonings have been approved for the two projects, adding to the boom of residential development recently seen in the city of Sarasota and expanding east.

A Wisconsin company plans to build “The Bergamot on 780,” a 98-unit apartment complex on a vacant 8.2-acre tract at 4811 Fruitville.

An affiliate of the Gallina Companies, a multi-family developer from Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, just bought the land for $2.35 million. The seller was Peacock Partners LLLP of Tallahassee, which was represented by Tony Veldkamp of SVN Commercial Advisory Group.

The project has been designed for six two-story buildings totaling 52,300 square feet, with 16 units in five buildings and 18 units in a sixth, according to plans filed with the county.

The county recently rezoned the site to a category that allows 13 units per acre.

Gallina did not respond to a request to provide more details on the proiect.

The company owns the 272-unit Woodmere Apartments in Venice and the 68-unit Lemon Bay apartments in Englewood.

On the south side of Fruitville, a company plans “Fruitville Town Home,” a 45-unit project on nearly 3.5 acres.

That developer filed plans for six two-story buildings on the site. Prices will range from $250,000 to $300,000 per unit, according to plans filed with the county.

Construction is expected to start in early 2020 and be completed three years later, the plans state.

The developer is 4810 Fruitville LLC, a company owned by Dennis McGillicuddy and Rod Krebs. They bought the land in February for $625,100 from Evelyn Rose Lundstrom, records show.

The county also recently rezoned this site to allow 13 units per acre.

A single-family home that has been on the site since 1962 will be removed.

Hundreds of new apartments have come on line or are under construction in and around downtown Sarasota, and developers are moving toward Interstate 75 with rental communities along Fruitville, on Cattlemen Road and elsewhere.

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