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St. Joseph seeks to upgrade medical center


© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 24, 2001

County commissioners are scheduled to hear the following petitions on Tuesday:

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LUTZ: St. Joseph's Baptist Health Care will present its proposal for a medical complex at Calusa Trace Boulevard and Van Dyke Road. The project would include a 240,000-square-foot medical center and 120,000-square-foot nursing home. The 38-acre site is now approved for a 100,000-square-foot hospital, 30,000 square feet of office space and a 2,500-square-foot clinic. County staff, the Planning Commission and a zoning hearing master have endorsed the plan. (Petition 00-1410)

LUTZ: Woodshed Partners is proposing a 129-home subdivision on 186 acres on Newberger Road. The undeveloped site is now zoned for agricultural use. County staff, the Planning Commission and a zoning hearing master endorse the project, but recommended the developer provide a traffic analysis that would suggest ways to ease traffic on nearby roads. (Petition 01-0412)

LUTZ: The developer of Avila wants to change site plans for an undeveloped section in the northern portion of the subdivision. SICO Inc. seeks to add 6 acres to the project, known as Avila Unit No. 12, and increase the number of homes allowed from 15 to 25. The original 49-acre plot is on Crenshaw Lake Road, west of Aspen Meadows Drive. County staff, the Planning Commission and a zoning hearing master endorse the proposal. (Petition 01-0489)

CITRUS PARK: A developer is seeking a rezoning of 2.34 acres on the northwest corner of Gunn Highway and Beaty Grove Drive that would permit 13,200 square feet of office space. County staff support the proposal. (Petition 99-1318)

LUTZ: Waterford Construction & Development wants permission to construct nine office buildings on 3 acres on Dale Mabry Highway, near Cheval Boulevard. Plans include 27,250 square feet of floor space, off-street parking facilities and a retention pond. County staffers and the Planning Commission approve of the project. (Petition 01-0352)

KEYSTONE: Taylor Woodrow Communities wants to use county approved right of way along Race Track Road for additional buffering and pedestrian paths. County staff did not support the proposal. (Petition 01-0673)

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A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the following petitions this week:

CARROLLWOOD: Independent Day School wants to use land it owns on Orange Grove Drive for a parking lot. The school wants to use the 1.47-acre parcel for student drop-off and pick-up and parking for special events. County staff and the Planning Commission approve of the request. (Petition 01-0641)

LUTZ: IRT Capital Corp. wants to add floor space to the Publix shopping center planned for 8.5 acres on Lutz-Lake Fern Road and Merry Lane. The company proposes dropping from the project convenience stores with gas pumps and adding 5,000 square feet for neighborhood commercial uses. Both county staff and the Planning Commission have endorsed the plan. (Petition 01-0490)

CITRUS PARK: The Outback Steakhouse company seeks permission to develop two 6,500-square-foot restaurants on 5.7 acres on the southwest corner of Sheldon Road and Westwind Drive. The petition also seeks to build a 27,000-square-foot shopping center on the parcel. County staff and the Planning Commission endorsed the project. (Petition 01-0574)

LUTZ: Romy Development Corp. wants to add four homes to the southern portion of the Eagle Crest subdivision, just south of Newberger Road. The county's Planning and Growth Department and the Planning Commission approve of the plan. (Petition 01-0187)

UNIVERSITY: John Stutzman of Stutzman Consulting Inc. wants to convert a 2,220-square-foot home on W Fletcher Avenue, west of Ola Avenue, into an office building. County staff and the Planning Commission recommend approval of the proposal. (Petition 01-0639)

Where and when

Hearings of county zoning hearing masters and land-use hearing officers and land-use meetings of the County Commission are held on the second floor of the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. The zoning hearings begin at 6 p.m., and the commission meetings begin at 9 a.m. Both are televised on government access channels. The land-use hearing officer hearings, which are not televised, begin at 9 a.m. For information, call (813) 272-5920.

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