Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Census takers will start visiting homes as soon as this afternoon. Nationally, some 72% of us have completed and returned the census form mailed to us. If you didn't complete and send in your 2010 census form you can expect a visit from your friendly census taker over the next several weeks.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Wesley Chapel recently opened. Located at 2653 Bruce B. Downs (north of The Shops at Wiregrass and on the west side of BBD). Phone: (813) 406-4473.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Installation has begun on a new traffic light on SR 56 at the eastern entrance to the Shops at Wiregrass. Additional traffic lights will be installed on SR 56 at Mansfield and at Meadow Pointe Blvd.
Monday, April 19, 2010
tax credit of up to $8,000. The homebuyers have until April 30th to be under contract on a home and close on it before June 30th. The rush is on for some to meet the deadline.
Friday, April 16, 2010
The 17th annual Taste of New Tampa will be held this Sunday, April 18th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.at Freedom High School - 17410 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa, FL 33647. Restaurants participating at this year's Taste of New Tampa include Ciccio's-The Lodge, Red Lobster, Land and Sea Market, Tampa Palms Country Club, Mulligan's Irish Pub, and Bruster's Ice Cream. Wristbands can be purchased for $15.00.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
merger of the two healthcare systems.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Our MLS reported four single family homes sold in Seven Oaks in the last month. Sold prices ranged from $150,000 to $292,068. The sold price per square foot ranged from $65.85 for a "short sale" resale which went under contract back in November, 2009 and just recently closed, to a high for a new home at a sales price of $94.89/Sq. Ft. Seven Oaks single family 3 or more bedroom homes currently for sale range in asking prices from a low of $171,000 for a three bedroom "short sale" to a high of $699,000 for a four bedroom, 4 bathroom pool home with over 4,000 square feet.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Pasco - Hernando Community College in Wesley Chapel was unveiled today. The 60 acre site of the campus is located next to Wiregrass Ranch High School and was donated by the Porter family. The name of the college's planned fifth campus will be the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, and construction of the new campus isn't expected to start until 2012, with an opening in the fall of 2013.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Here are the highlights from the meeting. They were kind enough to provide us with a handout on SR 54 but not on the other road projects.
I-75 overpass bridge & CR 54:
Work on the I-75 bridge will provide for 9 lanes under the bridge; six through lanes and 3 turn lanes. Work expected to be complete the end of 2010. Also, the I-75 bridge work to accommodate future six lanes on the interstate even though there currently is no funding in place for widening I-75 to six lanes at SR 54.
SR 54 from I-75 to Curley Road:
Work to consist of widening the current two lane undivided road to six lanes divided with turn lanes. The first six months will consist of private utility relocation. Then construction will begin and should take an additional 15 months. Estimated construction cost = $28 million with an estimated project completion of January 2012. The speed limit during construction will be reduced to 35 MPH. (I wonder how often you can go over 35 MPH now on this portion of SR 54!) Pasco County Engineering Services Director, James Widman pledged public update meeting every three months or so, media releases during construction, and additional periodic updates e-mailed to those requesting updates from the county.
Some additional work will be done on CR 54 from Old Pasco Road to I-75 and will be completed in 6-9 months.
I-75 to Saddlebrook: The east bound lanes will be built on the south side of the existing roadway. (Note, you will notice a difference in elevation on the new road as the "footprint" will be raised about 2 feet and as much as 5 feet in some sections.)
Saddlebrook east to Curley Road: Westbound lanes will be built on the north side of the existing roadway. Also, Boyette Road will be rerouted to remove the "S" curve.
Other road projects:
SR 54 widening from Curley Road to Morris Bridge Road: "Don't hold your breath for this one folks!" Plan is to go to six lanes from Curley to Meadow Pointe Blvd., and then to four from M. Pointe Blvd. to Morris Bridge Raod. Start acquiring right of way in 2013/2014? No funding for right of way! Construction maybe in 2018, but currently not funded.
SR 56 extension from Mansfield to Meadow Pointe Blvd.: Lots of FRUSTRATION expressed over this repeatedly delayed extension. Recently a new contractor was named. Anticipate the opening of this portion of the extension in July; some say beginning; some say end of July, 2010. Based on the numerous delays over the years on this extension, I think you can comfortably count on it being open this millenium! (More on this to be addressed in the Bruce B. Downs widening below.)
Bruce B. Downs Widening:
From SR 54 to SR 56: Six lane widening with an estimated completion--May 2010! (I wonder if I heard that wrong!)
From SR 56 to County Line Road--There still remains an unresolved issue with TECO regarding the cost to move utilities at the planned mega intersection of SR 56 and Bruce B. Downs. The situation between the county and TECO sounds ugly! Attorneys, etc. County Commissioner Mulieri expressed exasperation! This unresolved issue has gone on for months and months. The local media needs to jump on this and try to get to the bottom of this nonsense!
I-75/I-275 Northbound exit ramps to SR 56: (Dedicated exits for each interstate) Work is underway Expected completion--Summer 2011.
I-75 widening from Bruce B. Downs to SR 56 to six lanes : Start: Summer, 2011, Construction cost = $37 million.
I-75 widening to six lanes from SR 56 to SR 54: Design, 45% complete. No funding for right of way purchase or construction.
In the future, I wish that all speakers, (County & FDOT) would provide copies of their power point presentations. A handout was provided for some of what was presented on SR 54, but not on the other road projects. (Also, I thought it was very wise that they had law enforcement directing traffic into and out of the meeting site onto/from SR 54. Someone was thinking ahead!)
I don't have any additional information from this meeting. If you have additional questions or want other information not listed above, please contact Pasco County Engineering Services: (727) 834-3604. Regarding SR 54 widening, you can e-mail Project Manager, John Chiarelli at Jchiarelli@pascocountyfl.net. Interstate road projects website: http://www.mytbi.com/ .
Just a reminder: The informational meeting about the SR 54 widening project and other road projects currently underway in Wesley Chapel is today at 5:30 p.m. Additional details from previous post
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
The Shops at Wiregrass. Hours for the Wesley Chapel art show are--Saturday, April 10th hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday, April 11th 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Live entertainment will also be provided: The Bucket List Band, Left, 10th Concession, Amanda Drake and the Barnburners and the Troy Duncan Band. They expect 75,000 people to attend!
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Bridgewater has been perhaps one of the Wesley Chapel communities hardest hit with distressed properties for sale. Of the 47 Bridgewater homes shown under contract in our local MLS, 40 are classified as "Short Sales" and awaiting the approval or rejection by the seller's lender, with several waiting for an answer since as far back as August and September of 2009. Currently there are 27 Bridgewater homes listed for sale in our local MLS; 24 are Short Sales, and one is bank owned. This is a community where the HOA has actively tried to turn things around by enforcing covenants and last year they even hired a public relations firm to help improve the image of the community. See recent article in The Tampa Tribune: Bridgewater Community Still In Financial Distress
Monday, April 05, 2010
Homes listed for sale in New Tampa start at $110,000.
*Information reported in MFR MLS deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
*Information reported in MFR MLS deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Guest Conductor Stuart Chafetz is on the podium for a program of fun and familiar classical and pops favorites by Rossini, Brahms, John Williams, John Philips Sousa, Copland, Meredith Willson and Johann Strauss, Jr. The concerts also feature a patriotic sing-along and the evening will end with Tchaikovsky’s beloved 1812 Overture. Attendees are invited to make canned food donations to Tampa Bay Harvest’s food bank services.
For further information, please contact the Florida Orchestra at 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286 or: http://bit.ly/dc9YLS