Monday, November 25, 2013

Pinchers Crab Shack coming to The Shops at Wiregrass

This sign announcing Pinchers Crab Shack is coming to The Shops at Wiregrass is posted in the window of the former AJA nightclub.  I don't have an opening date at this time.

Palm trees "swaying" at The Shops at Wiregrass

Today I noticed that they have removed many of the trees lining the streets at The Shops at Wiregrass and have replaced them with palm trees.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Ciccio's California Tampa Palms now hiring and opening soon

The new Ciccio's California located at the former World of Beer location in Tampa Palms (17004 Palm Pointe Drive), is hiring now and plans to open in the second week of December.  Website

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Florida Medical Clinic purchases 14+ acres from Wiregrass

Late last month Florida Medical Clinic purchased a little over 14 acres of Wiregrass property located just north of The Shops at Wiregrass mall. The reported sales price was $4 million. Note:  On 12/8/2013 Wiregrass Ranch provided the following additional information:  The building will be a 5 story, 100k square foot facility.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Funding approved for extension of SR 56 in Wesley Chapel

The Tampa Tribune reports today that the FDOT has approved $32 million in funds for the four lane extension of SR 56 from Meadow Pointe Blvd. to US 301. According to the article, right of way acquisition will begin in 2015 and construction in 2017-2018.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Construction on new outlet mall at the Cypress Creek Town Center site could begin next summer

File photo of Cypress Creek Town Center sign
The Tampa Tribune reports that the outlet mall at SR 56 & I-75 is moving forward. (We've heard this before!)  The Cypress Creek Town Center location experienced years of delays over environmental lawsuits.  According to the Tribune, the Premium Outlet Center would be built on 50 acres south of SR 56 and construction could begin next summer and could be home to retailers such as Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, J. Crew and Nike. 

It was previously reported that the outlet mall should employ 6,100 people and would generate nearly $24 million a year in sales and property taxes and more than $1.5 million in revenue for the school board.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Glory Days Grill coming to New Tampa

The former Lee Roy Selmon's restaurant on Dona Michelle Drive in New Tampa will become a Glory Days Grill.  The chain has 21 restaurants in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia and the New Tampa location will be its first in Florida.  The New Tampa Glory Days Grill plans to open the first quarter of 2014 and employ about 100 people.  Glory Days Grill website

Friday, November 08, 2013

November real estate report for Arbor Greene in New Tampa

Last month 12 single family homes were reported sold in the gated and guarded New Tampa community of Arbor Greene in our MLS.  None of the homes sold were classified as distressed sales (Short Sales or Foreclosures).  Sold prices ranged from $242,500 to $470,000 with an average reported sales price of $377,417.

Currently there are 20 single family homes listed for sale in Arbor Greene.  The list prices range from $214,900 to $485,000.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

D'Alessio Italian Ristorante opening soon in Wesley Chapel

D'Alessio Italian Ristorante plans to open in the next few weeks.  It is located in the former Baja Fresh location across from Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel on BBD.  The restaurant will offer gourmet pizzas, and veal, chicken, and pasta entrees.  Phone:  813-406-4889.

Next door, another new restaurant has its sign up too.  OTB Café has an announcement in the window promising "farm fresh and locally sourced produce, humanely raised meats without nitrates, antibiotics or hormones, unprocessed or minimally processed food whenever and wherever possible".  I don't know when this new restaurant plans to open.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tis the season...

The trees go up at The Shops at Wiregrass (2013)

The Shops at Wiregrass mall in Wesley Chapel, FL is in the process of erecting the huge Christmas tree which is part of its annual Symphony In Lights show. The 55' tree is trimmed with over 250,000 lights, 47 miles of wire, and 10 tons of holiday décor. The show premieres on November 16, 2013 beginning at 5:00 with a holiday light show choreographed to music featuring Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a 10-piece horn band, strolling carolers and Santa.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Wesley Chapel real estate report for November 2013

The reported sales for Wesley Chapel single family homes in October in our MLS show mixed news--some good and some not so good.

The total number of reported sales for single family homes in Wesley Chapel in October was 66 which is down 12% from a year ago.  The average sales price was $209,490 which is up 8.5% from last October.

The percentage of distressed single family home sales for the month also showed a decline.  In October 2012 37% of the reported sales were distressed compared to 20% last month.  Cash sales represented 36% of all sales compared to 32% a year ago.

Lastly, 59% of the reported sales were below $200,000.

With just under 300 homes listed for sale, there is plenty of inventory on the market.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Pasco soon to claim largest reclaimed water reservoir in nation

The Tampa Times reports that Pasco recently began construction of a 500 million gallon reclaimed water reservoir in Wesley Chapel with the construction of roads and berms.   The "big dig" should begin in a couple of weeks.  Located in Wesley Chapel at Overpass Road and Boyette Road, the massive 80 acre and 28 feet deep reservoir will be the size of 60 football fields and have a cost of $36 million.

The Times reports that the treated sewage reservoir should not create any significant unpleasant odors and nearby residents have been assured that it won't smell like rotten eggs:

"Pam Wright, Pasco's reclaimed water program coordinator, said it's understandable if some folks are put off by the thought, but reclaimed water has come far since its debut 30 years ago in Pinellas County.

"There's still a lot of education that needs to be done," she said. "The misconception is that it smells like rotten eggs. The truth is there's almost no odor. If anything, there's a faint chlorine smell."

The Times further reports that the reservoir should be completed in 2015 and that Pasco County produces 20 million gallons of reclaimed water a day.

Link to full story in The Tampa Times