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Tourney nets the spotlight

By JANET ZINK
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 8, 2002


GOOD SPORTS: Arbor Greene in New Tampa is a swinging community. The Arbor Greene Rookie Junior Series Tournaments recently received the USA Tennis Florida Bobby Curtis Junior Tournament of the Year Award.

The honor recognizes a youth tennis tournament in Florida each year. This year's recipient was the Arbor Greene series, played last spring at the community's athletic club.

The series pitted beginning tennis players ages 10 through 16 from throughout Florida against players of their own age and skill level. Alan Williams, Arbor Greene's director of tennis, coordinated the tournament.

He's been coaching tennis in the Tampa Bay area since 1980. His previous gigs were at the Carrollwood Tennis Club, the master-planned community of Hunter's Green and the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton.

Affiliated with the U.S. Tennis Association, USA Tennis Florida is a volunteer organization that governs amateur tennis in Florida and provides financial assistance to tennis programs throughout the state.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: West Park Village, a neotraditional neighborhood in the master-planned community of Westchase, continues to grow. Inland Homes has launched a sales program for its maintenance-free townhomes there.

The 1,386-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2-1/2 bathroom homes are priced from $149,000. Neotraditional developments are pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use neighborhoods with housing, workplaces, shops, entertainment, schools, parks and civic facilities all within easy walking distance.

West Park Village features a grid-style street layout and homes with broad front porches and rear garages. The West Park Village Town Center has more than 40,000 square feet of retail space. Businesses there include a coffee shop, ice cream parlor, restaurants, a florist and a fitness center.

THE DIRT IS FLYING: KB Home has wasted no time establishing a presence in Tampa. On Oct. 2, the company completed acquisition of Orlando-based American Heritage Homes, a company that built 800 homes in the Tampa/Orlando area in 2001.

KB Home already has its name on Hartline buses and is about to start construction of model homes in two Tampa neighborhoods. Development is now under way at Coventry at Seven Oaks in New Tampa off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

Next month, 72 home sites will be available there with new single-family homes priced from the low $100s. KB Home will offer several different floor plans with two to five bedrooms and one- and two-story designs that range from 1,270 to 2,667 square feet of living space.

The company also will start construction of model homes this month at Boyette Creek in Riverview. With prices from the low $100s, KB Home will offer 259 homesites with three, four, five and six bedrooms, ranging from 1,700 to 3,500 square feet of living space.

- Write to Janet Zink in care of the St. Petersburg Times at 1000 N. Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602; or by e-mail at janet.zink@gte.net.

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