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Plans are in pipeline for Memorial Highway school

By EVE LEBERSON, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 19, 2002

UPPER TAMPA BAY: In its latest effort to relieve some of northwest Hillsborough's most overcrowded schools, the school district is proposing a new elementary school on Memorial Highway.

Elementary school "U," as it is now known, would provide relief to Bay Crest, Dickenson, Lockhart, Lowry and Westchase elementary schools.

The district last week submitted development plans to the county. The planning staff must now decidewhether the proposal is consistent with the area's development codes.

The Children's Home, a nonprofit organization that owns the property, says it will give the land to the school district at no cost, as long as the district builds a wing onto the school that Children's Home children could attend.

School officials hope to open the new elementary school by fall 2004. (Petition 02-0899)

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CARROLLWOOD: Mobley Housing Group wants permission to develop another subdivision on Rawls Road.

Last year, the development company received county approval for a 137-home subdivision on nearly 41 acres at the southwest corner of Hutchison and Rawls roads. Now it seeks a rezoning of more than 36 acres at the Veterans Expressway to build 86 homes. Lot sizes would range from more than an acre to 4,500 square feet, according to the zoning application.

If the county approves, the developer plans to begin construction within six months. A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the petition Aug. 5. (Petition 02-0881)

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UNIVERSITY NORTH: Family Dollar discount store wants to move into an 8,000-square-foot freestanding building on Fletcher Avenue at 19th Street.

Joe Roman, who represents the property owner, is seeking a planned development zoning designation for the 0.31-acre site.

A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the petition Aug. 5. (Petition 02-0877)

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A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the following petitions this week:

KEYSTONE: Bayshore/Broadway Inc. will present its plans Tuesday for a town center-style community on 40 acres at the northwest corner of Race Track and Nine Eagles roads.

According to the petition, Mainstreet would include a 120-room hotel, 500 apartments, offices and retail space. The project would likely house a grocery store, restaurants, shops and an employment center.

In its review, the Planning Commission said the project "should not have any significant adverse impacts to the existing residential neighborhoods."

The commission and county staffers have recommended approval of the project, but subject to several conditions. (Petition 02-0357)

LUTZ: A plan for 73 houses may be the first popular proposal for a cow pasture in front of VillaRosa.

County planners, who rejected requests by Pulte Home Corp. for more houses, now support 73. Neighbors tentatively like Pulte's new, looser site plan.

"We're kind of pleasantly surprised at the changes they've made," said Roberta Rhodes, who has led VillaRosa's response to the rezoning. Her group hasn't discussed whether 73 houses on 37 acres is an acceptable number, she said. (Petition 02-0048)

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UPPER TAMPA BAY: County zoning officials are recommending approval of a 155-home subdivision off N River Road, west of Countryway.

Plans for the 53-acre River Chase development would include a pedestrian trail and minimum lot sizes ranging from 4,500 square feet to 7,500 square feet. (Petition 02-0524)

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LUTZ: DeBartolo Property Group wants county permission to develop offices on 8.2 acres off Florida Avenue, northwest of Sinclair Hills Road.

The company is seeking a planned development zoning designation that would allow for 30,000 square feet of office space.

Zoning staffers are recommending approval of the plan. (Petition 02-0427)

LUTZ: Senior Care Group also wants to rezone land off Florida Avenue for an office building. The 0.51-acre parcel at the southeast corner of Florida and Sinclair Hills Road is now zoned for agricultural uses. County staff and the Planning Commission have endorsed the project.(Petition 02-0705)

When and where

Hearings of county zoning hearing masters and land use hearing officers, and land use meetings of the County Commission are held on the second floor of the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. Zoning hearings begin at 6 p.m., and commission meetings begin at 9 a.m. Both are televised on government access channels. Land use hearing officer hearings, which are not televised, begin at 9 a.m. For information, call (813) 272-5920.

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