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Developer formulates plan for site near parkway

A Tampa company is hoping to build a 500-home subdivision east of the State Road 54 interchange of the Suncoast Parkway.

By JAMES THORNER

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 29, 2000


LAND O'LAKES -- The land around the still-to-be-completed Suncoast Parkway remains grassy and wooded, but visions of stucco and shingle are dancing in the heads of developers.

A Tampa company, Priority Developers Inc., has became the latest to propose a large subdivision near the vital intersection of the Suncoast Parkway and State Road 54.

Priority is planning a 500-home community on the north side of SR 54, less than a mile east of the parkway. The subdivision's nearest neighbor would be Meadowbrook Estates on the south side of SR 54.

Pasco County planners have scheduled a meeting in July with developers, who have yet to submit firm plans for the project. Sketches show single-family houses fronted by a commercial strip on SR 54.

"It's not even designed yet," said Priority's Katherine Sullivan. "It's still in the conceptual stages."

With the three-county parkway scheduled to open in January, the surrounding rural land has become tasty bait for hungry developers.

At SR 54 and the parkway, on the site of the Doyle Ranch, Tampa developer Ken Morin proposes to build Suncoast Crossings, which includes 1,300 homes and a giant office park.

Ranchers-turned-developers Nick and Peter Geraci want to build Long Lake Ranch between the parkway and U.S. 41. The project, south of SR 54, calls for nearly 1.9-million-square feet of stores, about 1,000 houses and 700 apartments.

Oakstead, a couple miles west of U.S. 41, is preparing to break ground on the first of 1,200 homes. Just west of Oakstead, U.S. Home Corp. proposes building 1,599 homes on the 1,200-acre LeDantec Property.

"There is so much development action in Pasco County it's hard to keep track," said John Meyer, who tracks large developments for the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.

Priority Developers is owned by Fred Streck, former owner of Remington's Steak House on Bearss Avenue. He also is developing property in Tampa Palms Professional Center.

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