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Road causing detour in Northwood plans

A developer in the project wants to add apartments and a commercial zone. State Road 56 will create more demand, she says.

By JAMES THORNER

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 19, 2000


WESLEY CHAPEL -- Northwood, a neighborhood under construction north of County Line Road, is revamping its development plans in light of next year's planned opening of State Road 56.

The proposed four- to six-lane highway skirts the northern edge of Northwood and is scheduled to open in June 2001.

But one of the three developers of Northwood, Barbara Woods, already has requested permission to replace 93 proposed single-family homes with 336 apartments south of SR 56.

Woods also plans to add 25,000 square feet of commercial space on land abutting the highway.

The change would increase the number of Northwood homes -- both houses and apartments -- from 1,590 to 1,830.

"My client wants to respond to demand in the area as the new road opens up," said Richard Davis, Woods' attorney.

Northwood, 1,084 acres framed by County Line Road to the south and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to the east, was approved in 1988 as a "development of regional impact."

In addition to Woods, Northwood involves two other developers: U.S. Home and Florida-Southeast Development Corp.

Woods also owns a horse farm at State Road 54 and Collier Parkway in Land O'Lakes that is expected to become a shopping center.

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