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Changes afoot at Lake Como nudist resort

In other local construction news, a developer wants to build a storage facility and a medical group is planning an outpatient surgery center.

By STEPHEN HEGARTY
Published May 28, 2005


LAND O'LAKES - Central Pasco's nudists could be moving a bit, the storage biz could be getting taller, and you might soon have a local spot for minor surgery.

At the Lake Como nudist resort, there are plans to turn grove land into lots for mobile homes and recreational vehicles.

It's not really an expansion. The plan is to move existing mobile homes in the resort and put them all on former orange grove land in the back.

The construction plans filed this week show about 75 RV lots on 11.6 acres to the west of Moss Lake. The Lake Como Co-op has been laying the groundwork for the plan for some time. It got the land rezoned and won access to a rarely used entrance to the property along Lake Como Drive last year.

"We're just going to move everything into the same area," co-op general manager Van Bradley said Friday. "We're not really adding anything or increasing density. We just won't have it all spread out as much."

The resort has had mobile homes in several spots. The new plan would reorganize the park so that all the mobile homes would be in one area off Cot Road.

Also this week, a developer submitted plans for a new self-storage business along Collier Parkway that would be one of the tallest structures in the area.

The Stor Safe facility is planned as a four-story building. It would include 97,900 square feet of storage space on just less than 2 acres. The only way that fits is by going vertical, with four levels of 24,475 square feet.

The facility would be off to the west side of Collier Parkway just north of Preakness Boulevard. That's between the Sonic restaurant to the south and the Academy at the Lakes to the north.

In addition, a Tampa medical group is planning an outpatient surgery center near the bustling area of State Road 56 just east of Interstate 75.

The planned New Tampa Surgery Center would be along Oak Myrtle Lane just north of SR 56 on 1.6 acres. The nearest such center is along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard near Tampa Palms.

John Wallace of Wallace Associates in St. Petersburg, the general contractor on the project, said the center could open as early as January.

[Last modified May 28, 2005, 00:09:12]


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