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Development approved for 10th Street North in Bradenton Beach

With little fanfare, the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board has approved an eight-unit townhouse development at 10th Street North.

South Beach Village is owned by Tom Chipain. Developers are Reed Mapes and Jeff Wilson. The project will have eight three-bedroom units in two structures at the site of the parking lot for the Gulf Drive Cafe, running to the east from Gulf Drive along 10th Street North. The property is slightly more than one-half acre. The property zoning allows up to nine units.

The biggest bone of contention facing planning board members was the change in use from the restaurant's parking lot, its current use, to townhouses. Board members voiced fears that the property change would impact the popular eatery, which is managed by Chipain.

He assured board members that the parking lot usage would continue "as long as I have the Gulf Drive Cafe lease." Chipain added that the Kokolis family, owner of the restaurant and the adjacent property that was once the Trader Jack's restaurant, would probably be coming forward to request additional parking for the restaurant.

Building Official Bob Welch said the Kokolis request for expanded parking could come before the planning and zoning board as early as November.

Two members of the public spoke on the matter: Peter Costello questioned rental periods for the townhouses, and Mitchell Ladewski asked about fencing. Both were told the matters in question either were not germaine to the issue at hand or would be dealt with during the construction phase of the project.

Planning board members placed two stipulations on the project in their unanimous approval providing assurances that traffic counts were accurate and that a relatively new concrete material that developers propose to utilize on driveways is impervious and will be maintained.

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