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Chamber honors builder

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published October 4, 2002

TAKIN' CARE OF BUSINESS: New Millennial Homes, a builder that specializes in affordable homes on in-fill lots, received a Small Business of the Year Award from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Entries were judged on commitment to ethical business practices, growth, community involvement and workplace culture.

Since Michael Shrenk established New Millennial in 1998, it has grown faster than an air potato vine. Two years ago, it grossed $8.5-million, and this year, Shrenk expects it to gross $20 million.

After focusing on Hillsborough County, New Millennial is getting ready to move aggressively into Pinellas and Pasco counties.

The homes typically have three bedrooms, are about 1,200 square feet and sell for less than $150,000.

THE LATEST MODEL: Nohl Crest Homes recently opened its Warwick estate model at the Enclave, a gated village in Arbor Greene in Tampa.

The 3,462-square-foot home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a second-floor bonus room and 12-foot ceilings throughout. The model is priced at $530,000, including the homesite.

Arbor Greene received an Aurora Award recognizing it as one of the Southeast's top three communities during the Southeast Building Conference last summer.

Homes and villas in the gated community start in the $130,000s. Nearly 70 percent of the homesites have views of lakes, nature preserves and other open spaces.

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD, PART II: Household International, Harbour Island's developer, has turned over the remaining two neighborhood service districts to residents:

The North Neighborhood Association, which includes the condominiums at the GrandView, the Garrison, Island Walk and Island Place as well as the apartments at Post Harbour Island.

The Piazza, which represents the interests of the commercial areas: Knight's Pointe and the Wyndham Hotel.

The South Neighborhood Association was handed off to residents in May.

Household still retains control of the master association, the Harbour Island Community Service Association. The company is negotiating terms of the turnover with residents. That's expected to happen early next year. It will mark the exit of the developer from the island.

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