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Tree farm may give way to residential and retail

Homes and stores could rise on a 104-acre site at SR 52 and Shady Hills Road.

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 7, 2002

SHADY HILLS -- Homes and stores are planned for a 104-acre pine tree farm at State Road 52 and Shady Hills Road, southwest of the Quail Ridge neighborhood.

The land owner, Tampa attorney H. Vance Smith, wants to convert 40 acres of the property along SR 52 to commercial use and 64 acres in the back for high-density residential development.

Smith's land planner, King Helie, said the construction of the Suncoast Parkway less than a mile to the west prompted the rezoning application, scheduled for a vote before the County Commission on Dec. 17.

Smith has no buyer or specific development plans for the land, Helie said. But once rezoned, the property could hold about 200 homes and up to 400,000 square feet of stores.

The property, most of which sprawls east of Shady Hills Road, is bounded roughly by Sandhill Crane Drive on the north and Quail Ridge Drive on the east.

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