Taylor Morrison this month removed 400 trees from 24 acres northeast of the intersection of Stickney Point Road and U.S. 41 for the first phase of Esplanade by Siesta Key.
The firm, under a different name, in 2005 purchased 77 acres for $38.5 million. But, the real estate crash delayed development plans.
Taylor Morrison’s long-term vision for the property includes 247 home sites surrounded by wetlands and pedestrian trails.
At least three residents of the surrounding community Jan. 14, called Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson with concerns about the construction entrance, which is located on Constitution Boulevard.