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Sonny's wants to build along Henderson

By EVE LEBERSON, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 2, 2002

CARROLLWOOD: Sonny's Real Pit Barbecue could soon occupy the northwest corner of Henderson Road at Gunn Highway.

Tricor Inc. is proposing a new 15,000-square-foot restaurant on the 1.98-acre site. Before construction begins, Sonny's wants permission to use land taken by a county-owned retention pond for parking. The restaurant plans to relocate the pond behind the restaurant on the north end of the site.

The property is part of a mixed-used development plan that also includes a self-storage facility and commercial uses.

Hillsborough County commissioners are scheduled to hear the petition July 30. (Petition 02-0958)

UPPER TAMPA BAY: A developer and the owner of a 10-acre horse farm are asking the commissioners to nix a buffering requirement the county has placed on a subdivision off Old Memorial Highway and North River Road.

The county approved the Country Chase development in June 2000, but only under the condition that Beazer Homes install a black chain-link fence along the western boundary of the property. But farm owner David Meade, whose property is adjacent to the subdivision, doesn't like the idea of a fence and prefers the view of the newly constructed "aesthetically pleasing lake." Meade and Beazer want the county to keep the land as is, without the fence.

County commissioners are scheduled to hear the petition July 30. (Petition 02-0961)

A land use hearing officer was scheduled to hear the following petitions Friday:

CARROLLWOOD: Tampa Bay Community Church wants to expand its church and school on the north side of Fletcher Avenue, east of Orange Grove Road.

The 22-year-old church is seeking permission to construct a 12,600-square-foot sanctuary with up to 400 seats, a 10,000-square-foot gymnasium and an additional 840 square feet of floor space for its school, which would serve up to 70 children.

The church now has 150 members but only 100 seats, the request states. If the county approves the project, church officials estimate the project will be complete by 2015.

County staffers are recommending approval of the proposal. (Petition 02-0778)

WESTCHASE: Miro Restaurants wants a permit that would allow beer, wine and liquor sales at a proposed family seafood restaurant in West Park Village on Montague Street. The restaurant needs the permit because it would lie within the county's minimum distance requirement from residential zoning. (Petition 02-0769)

LUTZ: Duane and Jeanette Ingram want the county's permission to sell beer, wine and liquor at Jan's wine shop in the Lutz Lake Crossing shopping plaza at Dale Mabry Highway and Lutz-Lake Fern Road. The store would lie within 85 feet of the county's minimum distance requirement of a church, and therefore, needs a special use permit for liquor sales.

CARROLLWOOD: Pueblo Market is seeking an alcohol permit that would allow for beer and wine sales at its grocery store planned for Plantation Plaza on Gunn Highway. (Petition 02-0674)

LUTZ: Tampa Bay Medical Supplies is seeking a variance that would allow it to use a bigger sign than the county allows advertising its business in the Long Lake Professional Center on Florida Avenue, south of Lake Magdalene Boulevard. (Petition 02-0783)

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CITRUS PARK: Eckerd Corp. is seeking a permit to allow bigger signs at its retail pharmacy store at the southeast corner of Sheldon Road and Gunn Highway. The company is asking to use a 240-square-foot pole sign along each street. (Petition 02-0669)

When and where

Hearings of county zoning hearing masters and land use hearing officers, and land use meetings of the County Commission are on the second floor of the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. Zoning hearings begin at 6 p.m., 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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