Saturday, May 31, 2014

Site work begins on Wesley Chapel Mercedes Benz Dealership

Mercedes Benz of Wesley Chapel
I noticed that site work has begun on the Mercedes dealership to be built on the north side of SR 56 across from Texas Roadhouse on 7.03 acres.

New Tampa's Pier 1 Imports Closes And Prepares To Open

Pier 1 Imports closes one location in New Tampa and prepares to open at its new location in Highwoods Preserve:

Friday, May 30, 2014

Florida's Largest Ice Rink To Be Located in Wesley Chapel

Cypress Creek Ice and Sports Complex in Wesley Chapel
The Tampa Tribune reports that Gordie Zimmerman unveiled the design for Florida's largest ice skating facility with four ice rinks and a 120 room adjacent hotel to be located in Wesley Chapel yesterday.

The 150,500 sq. ft., $20 million Cypress Creek Ice and Sports Complex will be located at the I-75/SR 56 interchange and will have a five story hotel.  The $2.6 million, 13 acre real estate transaction closed yesterday morning.  There is an option to purchase another 3 acres for the hotel.  Additionally, the facility will have one multipurpose pad for tennis, basketball, conventions and a second floor restaurant.  The facility could open as soon as the fall of 2015.

Less than two weeks ago another ice facility was announced for Wesley Chapel.  Let the games begin!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tampa in top 10 best cities to be a dog!  recently ranked the 100 most populous cities in the US based on 5 categories:
Pet stores per capita
Veterinarians per capita
Dog parks per capita
Number of sunny days per year
Walk score
After ranking and scoring each city, the top ten cities were identified and Tampa ranked #8.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Home Buyers and Sellers See Season Heating Up

2,500 Americans in the market to buy or sell a home were interviewed online by Edelman Berland.  Participants in the survey were between 25 and 64 years old with a median income of at least $50,000.

Among the survey's findings:

  • 78 percent of potential buyers say it will be easier to buy a home this spring, since "home owners want to sell."
  • 63 percent of sellers say the improving economy and their perception of motivated buyers are increasing their optimism. 
  • 76 percent of consumers say pent-up demand will create more competition for existing homes this season.
  • 83 percent of buyers say they plan to buy a home sooner rather than later because they fear interest rates will rise.
  • Overall, 77 percent of the 2,500 consumers surveyed report having a favorable view of housing, a 12-point jump from one year prior. Millennials show the most optimism, at 85 percent. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Jersey Mike's Subs coming to Wesley Chapel

Jersey Mike's Subs has its sign up in The Shoppes at New Tampa next to Beef O Brady's.  No opening date is available at this time

Friday, May 23, 2014

A Community Center and Another Park For New Tampa

New Tampa could see a commercial center built across from Hunter's Green on BBD on 81 acres of county owned land.  In exchange, the developer would be required to build a dog park with trails, and a playground with picnic tables and shelters.  Additionally land would be reserved for the construction of a cultural center.  The Tampa Tribune reports that a public meeting will be held with nearby residents after the requests for proposals are in.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wiregrass Mall Center Court Getting Upgrade

Center Court at The Shops at Wiregrass is undergoing an upgrade.  After about another month or so, we can expect to be shaded from the hot sun!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Face-off in Wesley Chapel

Last month news broke of a 150,000 sq. ft. ice arena to be built in Wesley Chapel at SR 56 & I-75. Laura Kinsler reports today in the Tampa Tribune that another ice venture is underway in Wesley Chapel on CR 54 across from Lexington Oaks. Kinsler reports that 13 acres are under contract with plans for a 115,000 sq. ft. facility with twin rinks, a seating capacity of up to 3,000 people and an estimated cost of $14 million. It's hard to believe that two similar venues are viable in Wesley Chapel, so the face-off is underway!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cross Creek widening project begins in New Tampa

The widening of Cross Creek Blvd. from two to four lanes from Cory Lake Drive to Morris Bridge Road in New Tampa began this week.  The $5.4 million project is expected to be finished in October, 2015.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

FDOT Nixes Elevated Pasco Expressway For SR 54/56

Bay News 9 reports that the state has decided not to move forward with a proposed 33 mile project for an elevated toll expressway in Pasco County in part because the project wouldn't work without tax dollars. The proposed $2 billion controversial project was opposed by many in the county and would have been the state's first private toll road linking US 19 to US 301. 

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Lexington Oaks Real Estate Report For May, 2014

Last month nine single family homes sold in Lexington Oaks.  The average sales price was $205,544 compared to $196,510 a year ago.  Additionally, the average sales price/sq. ft. (Heated) was $96.45 compared to $87.49.  22% of the sold homes for the month were distressed sales. 

Currently there are over 20 single family homes listed for sale in Lexington Oaks with prices starting in the $170's.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Future Performing Arts Education Center and Convention Facility for Wesley Chapel

The Tampa Bay Times reports the state budget has a $10 million line item for a future performing arts education center an convention facility in Wesley Chapel.  With an estimated $60 million total price tag, the facility would be a joint project with Pasco-Hernando State College, Pasco County & the Pasco County School District.  The Times further reports that no location has yet to be selected and the funding would come from state and local construction funds, assuming it survives Scott's veto pen.