Hyde Park Village redevelopment okayed

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 11, 2008


Despite last-minute protests from a few Hyde Park residents, the City Council once again approved a $10-million redevelopment of Hyde Park Village at Thursday's final reading.

The 4-2 vote - with City Council members Linda Saul-Sena and Mary Mulhern opposing and John Dingfelder abstaining - will allow Rhode Island developer David Wasserman to move forward with plans to build 90,000 square feet of retail space and two condo towers up to nine stories high.

The plans have been the topic of controversy for more than a year, and were debated for nearly six hours at a public hearing on Dec. 13.

Those who support the 10-acre redevelopment believe the struggling outdoor shopping center needs a facelift and residential boost.


Pricey road projects imperil development

The sprawling Pasco Town Centre development is in danger of falling apart over two road projects.

The developers of the 945-acre proposal on State Road 52 and Interstate 75, which includes a giant mall, cannot afford the $70-million cost of two road improvements that state planners want as part of the deal.

Most of that money would go toward a $45-million cloverleaf loop ramp that would carry traffic from SR 52 to I-75. Without the ramp, Pasco Town Centre can't get the state's blessing.

Attorney Donna Feldman, who's been assigned the task of resolving the roads impasse, is trying to broker a compromise deal that would involve a neighboring development, the 2,000-acre golf course community called Bella Verde, controlled by the New Cities Development Group.


Armory property rezoned for hotel, spa

The City Council unanimously voted Thursday night to rezone the 10.3-acre Fort Homer Hesterly Armory property at 522 N Howard Ave to become Heritage Square, a luxury hotel, spa, marketplace, park and cultural arts center.

The 1941 armory will be left intact.


Pasco commissioner seeks her 7th term

Pasco County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand will run for a seventh term and is starting her 2008 bid unopposed.

Hildebrand, 69, said she wants to help the county respond to a declining economy and financial cutbacks.

She joined the board in 1984 and easily won re-election in 2004.