PARRISH - A new plan calls for an academic hub, a central park, and a quaint, retail area for Parrish.

On Tuesday, according to the Herald Tribune, the Manatee County Commission heard a presentation from The Mellgren Planning Group of Fort Lauderdale, which is working with county officials on a draft plan regarding a 2,100–acre area flanking U.S. 301 northeast of Ellenton and designated as "Parrish Village."

The plan is to preserve the "Southern charm and character" of the still–growing community of Parrish while addressing the employment, education, transportation and other needs of its expanding population.