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Home builder eyeing development in East Manatee County

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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Developer Meritage Homes has big plans for Lakewood Ranch over the next year.

It plans on building 475 homes there just west of Lorraine Road and south of State Road 64, around Pope Road.

Meritage plans to buy the 304 acres needed for the project from Schroeder-Manatee Ranch by the end of the year.

The project has been given the green light from the county planning commission. The board of county commissioners will vote on September 4th.

The project has yet to be named, but if all goes well, Meritage expects home sales in the new development in November of 2015.

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