University Community Hospital and Adventist Health System have now decided on building the new Wesley Chapel hospital on 50 acres in the future Wiregrass community. The 80 bed hospital received its certificate of need from the state earlier this year, but competing hospitals are challenging that decision. It looks like that issue could be resolved in March of 2008, giving them the green light to proceed. It's been reported that it will take three years to build the hospital.
The Wiregrass community has The Shops at Wiregrass under construction at this time. Additionally, it will be the home to the Pasco National Tennis Center. The question, I am asked over and over again is: "When will new homes be available in Wiregrass?" I don't know. Previously, Del Webb announced that its active adult community had been placed "on hold indefinitely".
I don't see any visible activity of ongoing construction work at Wiregrass other than the mall. Granted, I didn't do a fly over of the 5,000 acre project! This week I contacted the corporate offices of the builder for Wiregrass to inquire about the timeframe for the rest of the planned residential areas and my call was not returned.