Friday, August 29, 2008

Night Work on SR 56 Extension Approved

Pasco County officials approved night construction of the extension of SR 56 starting the middle of September. The approval was granted so that the first portion of the extension will be complete in time for the opening of the Shops at Wiregrass on October 30th.

The extension of SR 56 is shown at the bottom of the Wiregrass mall layout shown above. Also, I will post a new slide show of the Shops at Wiregrass on Monday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dunkin Donuts Opening

Just a quick update on the new Wesley Chapel Dunkin Donuts. I stopped by yesterday and was told that they plan to open in about two weeks.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

PACA Announces September Meeting

The Pasco Alliance of Community Associations (PACA) has scheduled a membership meeting program which is titled, “Selecting a Management Company” for Thursday, September 11, 2008, at 7:00 pm. PACA members, board members of any Pasco County CDD, HOA and CA as well as interested residents of those communities are welcome to attend.

PACA holds monthly meetings at 7:00 pm in the conference room at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, (5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes FL 34639)

For further information, visit the PACA website at:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Tampa's Skate Park

Construction on New Tampa's new skate park in Tampa Palms, next to the New Tampa Recreation Center is now scheduled to begin the end of next month. The 15,000 square foot skate park is supposed to open in January, 2009.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Pasco County Emergency Management Notification Program

If you are a Pasco County resident and interested in participating in a test of an emergency notification state pilot program, register online at the Pasco County Office of Emergency Management. The service enables key officials to send emergency information via e-mail and in voice messages to county residents' phones (land and cell).

Friday, August 15, 2008

Print Pink at The Shops at Wiregrass

Residents can honor their loved ones who've been touched by breast cancer and leave a lasting impression in a tribute that will raise funds to support the American Cancer Society and fight the disease, with The Shops at Wiregrass Print Pink! Program. For a $50.00 donation to the American Cancer Society, you receive one clay tile for a personalized message imprint or hand imprint. The colorful 6x6-inch tiles will be signed, glazed and installed at The Shops at Wiregrass.

The tile-imprinting event will be held on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2 from 10 AM - 5 PM during designated time slots. Appointments are required for this very special event and can only be made online. Event registration deadline is Thursday, October 30, 2008.

Registration is online at the NEW website for the Shops at Wiregrass under events effective today. Also, the Grand Opening ribbon cutting is scheduled for October 30th at 10:00 a.m.

SR 56 Extension to Mansfield Delayed

Well folks, the extension of SR 56 to Mansfield which was to be completed before October 30th is now delayed. Speaking with Pasco County Commissioner Pat Mulieri today, she explained that the extension is a high priority for her and expressed frustration too over the delay. It seems that one reason for the delay is obtaining land from The Shoppes of New Tampa for the sixth lane.
Mulieri also advised that the extension of 56 to the new mall, The Shops at Wiregrass will be complete before the mall opens and that the extension to Mansfield Blvd. should be complete before February 15th, 2009. The extension of SR 56 from BBD to Meadow Pointe Blvd was/is supposed to be complete within 18 months of its start. Note: On Saturday, August 16, The Tampa Tribune provides additional details on Wiregrass road difficulties: Link

Once again I inquired about the status of road construction updates on the county's website which were promised in a meeting back in January. She assured me that she will follow up on its status and get back to me.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bridge Over I-75 Connecting Tampa Palms and West Meadows

The controversial proposed bridge over I-75 connecting Tampa Palms to West Meadows (Commerce Park Blvd. to New Tampa Blvd.) may proceed. The $22 million project may be required due to prior state concurrency agreements even though the East-West connector project between New Tampa and I-275 was recently abandoned.

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Website for Pasco County Government

Pasco County government now has a new website. On the new site I couldn't see any evidence of road construction updates that were promised in their transportation meeting held in Wesley Chapel last winter.

Dunkin Donuts Coming To Wesley Chapel

On my way to show homes this morning I noticed a sign for Dunkin Donuts. The new Wesley Chapel donut shop will be opening in the same shopping center as All Pro Barbers, Bright Eagle Cleaners, and Edible Arrangements. It's located on the west side of BBD just north of Ancient Oaks Boulevard at Seven Oaks.

Early Voting Begins Today

Early voting in the primary elections begins today and ends August 23rd. Local area voting locations and times:

New Tampa -- (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday): New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Boulevard.

Wesley Chapel -- (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday): Village Market of Wesley Chapel, 5325 Village Market.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Lexington Oaks Market Update

Five single family Lexington Oaks homes were reported sold in July per our MLS. Sold prices ranged from $164,900 to $197,000. Current list prices on Lexington Oaks homes listed for sale in MLS range up to $450,000.

Extension of Mansfield to S.R. 56

It looks like the extension of Mansfield Blvd. in Meadow Pointe to the future SR 56 is nearing completion. We have been told that the extension of SR 56 from BBD to Mansfield is to be complete before the Shops at Wiregrass opens the end of October.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Josephines Soul Food

Today I noticed a sign for Josephine's Authentic Soul Food in the plaza directly behind Walgreens at Meadow Pointe in Wesley Chapel, on Center Oak Dr. The sign indicates "coming soon" . We sure are getting a lot of new restaurants in the area recently.

Jo-Ann Fabrics To Open At Market Square in New Tampa

Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts will open at Market Square in New Tampa on August 21, 2008, joining Staples, BJ's, Petsmart, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and Ross Dress For Less which have already opened.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Arbor Greene Housing Market Update

The popular gated and guarded community of Arbor Greene in New Tampa has 46 single family homes for sale in MLS. List prices begin at $224,900 for a four bedroom, 2.5 bathroom bank owned home that is lacking appliances and A/C to $560,000 for a five bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, 3 car garage pool home on a pond.

Seven single family Arbor Greene homes were reported sold in July per MLS ranging in prices from $225,000 to $440,000, and six are shown as under contract.