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Zoning: Strip mall may rise if parcels are united

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 16, 2002

Hillsborough Avenue could soon be home to another strip mall.

New Era Network IV, owner of the 4.75-acre parcel at 13525 W Hillsborough Ave. near the Pinellas County line, says the development will likely house either retail businesses or professional offices.

The Palm Harbor-based partnership is seeking a rezoning that would unite two parcels into one zoning designation, allowing for commercial uses. One-third of the property is now zoned for commercial, the remainder is zoned for agricultural industry uses. A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the petition Aug. 5. (Petition 02-1028)

UPPER TAMPA BAY: A-Investment Development Corp. recently filed a petition asking for the county's approval to build four houses per acre on 3.27 acres at the southwest corner of State Street and Honeybee Lane. The land now allows one home per acre. A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the proposal Aug. 5. (Petition 02-1027)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: The owner of an acre at 6323 Memorial Highway wants a rezoning to allow commercial office uses. The land is now zoned for six homes to the acre. A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the petition Aug. 5. (Petition 02-1018)

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County Commissioners approved the following petitions Tuesday:

UPPER TAMPA BAY: Hunt and Hunt Properties won approval to develop a business and industrial park on 29 acres on the north side of Hillsborough Avenue, west of Double Branch Road. Project plans include 252,921 square feet of office and warehouse uses, and 83,790 square feet of industrial uses. County staff and a zoning hearing master had endorsed the proposal. (Petition 02-0135)

LUTZ: Commissioners approved a request by Long Bow Corp. to allow 37 homes at the north end of Himes Avenue, north of Hoedt Road. Lot sizes will be no less than 7,000 square feet. (Petition 01-1552)

TOWN 'N COUNTRY: An 8.76-acre parcel on Wilsky Road, north of Bretton Wood Drive, will be rezoned to allow 24 homes. The property was previously zoned for commercial development. Zoning officials also approved of the plan. (Petition 02-0311)

CITRUS PARK: First Citrus Bank won permission to add a 4,000-square-foot office building to its bank at the southwest corner of Sheldon and Hixon roads. It will be used for nonpublic purposes, such as accounting, bookkeeping and loan operations. County officials had also approved of the expansion. (Petition 02-0132)

LUTZ: Owners of a 7.5-acre parcel on Whitaker Road won county approval to add commercial vehicle parking on the property. The site is also zoned for 61,800 square feet of commercial uses. County officials had recommended approval of the proposal. (Petition 02-0064)

CARROLLWOOD: A car wash and quick lube business will soon occupy a 0.73-acre parcel at the northeast corner of Otto and Ehrlich roads. The coin-operated, self-serve car wash station will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Hours for the quick lube business will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. (Petition 02-0211)

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A zoning hearing master recently made his recommendations on the following petitions:

KEYSTONE: A plan to develop a town center-style neighborhood on 40 acres at the northwest corner of Race Track Road and Nine Eagles Drive has won the endorsement of zoning hearing master John A. Crislip. Bayshore/Broadway wants county permission to build Main Street, a traditional neighborhood that would include 129,00 square feet of commercial uses, 90,000 square feet of offices, 500 townhomes and a 120-room hotel. County zoning officials are also recommending approval of the project, subject to several conditions. (Petition 02-0357)

LUTZ: A 73-home subdivision proposed for Lutz-Lake Fern Road in front of the VillaRosa neighborhood has also received the endorsement of a zoning hearing master. Pulte Home Corp. had originally asked for 83 homes on the 37-acre site but reduced the number of homes after a zoning hearing master in March recommended denial of the project. Zoning hearing master Martin H. Smith Jr. said the new development plan is now compatible with the surrounding community. (Petition 02-0048)

UPPER TAMPA BAY: Zoning hearing master Andrew A. Baker recommended approval of a 135-home development on 53 acres off N River Road. Lot sizes for the River Chase subdivision would range from 4,500 square feet to 7,500 square feet. County officials have also endorsed the project. (Petition 02-0524)

LUTZ: DeBartolo Property Group is seeking a rezoning that will allow for 30,000 square feet of professional offices on 8 acres off Florida Avenue, north of Sinclair Hills Road. Crislip is also recommending approval of the proposal. (Petition 02-0427)

LUTZ: Senior Care Group won Baker's endorsement of a rezoning that would allow a 4,400-square-foot professional office on 0.51-acres at the southeast corner of Florida Avenue and Sinclair Hills Road. County staff also approve of the development. (Petition 02-0705)

When and where

Hearings of Hillsborough County 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., commission meetings at 9 a.m. For information, call 272-5920.

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