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Town center plans okayed

Published May 18, 2007


RUSKIN: The County Commission has approved plans for the Ruskin Town Center Zoning District, which proponents say will give residents a place to live, work and play.

The zoning change from residential and commercial to town center allows 32 units on 84 acres on the northeast corner of SW First Street and Shell Point Road, plus shops.

The board spared a quarter-acre property at 308 NE First St. from restrictions that would have prohibited its use as a place to repair motorcycles and lawn equipment. Petition 07-0517


VALRICO: With mobile homes on the property gone, county commissioners have rezoned 8 acres of commercial space at the northeast corner of State Road 60 and St. Cloud Avenue.

The planned development zoning granted on May 8 to Michael Abdoney and Edward Gorman allows the developers to build offices, a convenience store with gas pumps, three restaurants and a bank with drive-through tellers.

Attorney Vin Marchetti, representing the developers, said that all 10 mobile home owners had moved or abandoned their mobile homes, an issue that had delayed the zoning decision for several months. Petition 06-1207


THONOTOSASSA: Ten years after getting the zoning needed to build a hotel, a developer has made another request before getting started. Jayantilal Patel will ask commissioners to relax a setback requirement for a three-story, 83-room Country Inn & Suites. The commission in 1997 approved plans for the hotel, travel plaza and restaurant bounded by Discovery Lane, Lazy Days Boulevard and County Road 579.

If commissioners grant the minor modification on May 22, Patel would not have to provide an additional 2 feet of setback for every foot of building height above 20 feet. Petition 07-0786

Andrew Meacham can be reached at 661-2431 or

[Last modified May 17, 2007, 07:10:50]

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