Storeright Self Storage to open in Lutz

Construction workers are clearing land and building mini-warehouses for a new Storeright Self Storage facility in Lutz. The project, at Crystal Grove Boulevard and U.S. 41, comes nearly 18 years after the Hillsborough County Commission approved a plan to allow about 75,000 square feet of offices, restaurants, drugstores and child care centers. Big box retail was banned. However, in October … [Read more...]

Solar farm appeal is rescheduled

A hearing on appeals to a proposed solar farm project has been rescheduled because of a glitch in advertising the original hearing date. The Pasco County Commission, with the approval of all parties involved in the matter, agreed to continue the appeal until Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m. The original appeal had been set for Aug. 7. The appeal will be heard in the commissioners’ meeting room in … [Read more...]

MOD Pizza sets up shop off State Road 56

MOD Pizza is expected to open soon in a mini-retail center along restaurant row, in front of Tampa Premium Outlets, off State Road 56 in Lutz. The pizza chain’s sign is in place outside, as workers complete the interior build-out for the restaurant. The Pasco County Commission on Aug. 7 approved an application from Cypress Creek NVH LLC for an alcohol license that would allow sale of beer … [Read more...]

Citizens’ survey offers praise, concerns

About 60 percent of residents who responded to an annual National Citizens Survey rated Pasco County’s quality of life as good. Similarly, residents gave good marks to the overall quality of county services and customer services. But, the survey results weren’t entirely rosy. The growth in housing is happening faster than infrastructure, including roads and schools, according to residents … [Read more...]

Upscale townhomes proposed in Lutz

A project to build upscale townhomes, off Willow Bend Parkway, won the approval of the Pasco County Planning Commission. The favorable vote for the project is a recommendation. The Pasco County Commission has the final say. Two residents spoke against the project, largely based on concerns about traffic. There also was concern due to speculation that the developer wanted to build an … [Read more...]

Business Digest 08/15/2018

O’ Reilly auto store O’ Reilly Auto Parts is coming to Land O’ Lakes. Construction is underway at 3600 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. County records indicate that permits have been issued for a building of about 7,200 square feet. This will be the auto parts store’s first location in Land O’ Lakes. O’ Reilly has existing stores in Dade City and Zephyrhills. The auto parts chain began in 1957 … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel to get a new fire rescue station

A new fire station in Wesley Chapel will replace an aging facility that has become inadequate to handle the needs of a growing population. Pasco County’s Fire Rescue Station No. 13, off Old Pasco Road, is expected to open in January 2019. A groundbreaking was held in mid-March on the same day the Pasco County commissioners approved the construction contract of about $2.6 million. Funding is … [Read more...]

Finalists named for annual industry awards

Pasco Economic Development Council announced its selection of 15 finalists for the 32nd Annual Awards and Trade Show, according to a news release from the Pasco EDC. The event will be on Sept. 6 at Saddlebrook Resort and Spa, 5700 Saddlebrook Way in Wesley Chapel. Festivities will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the award announcements from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A dinner and … [Read more...]

Lego builds community and a family business at Wiregrass

Adam Smyk liked the sense of community he found in his 20-year career in the Navy. But, he often had to leave his family for six-month tours of duty at sea. When he came home, he had to re-introduce himself to his young sons. One lasting bond between them was Lego. They could spend hours together snapping Lego bricks into space ships or create their own special projects. “It was … [Read more...]

Business Digest 08/08/2018

Memory care at The Edwinola The Edwinola in Dade City recently announced the opening of its “Along the Journey” memory care program. The program is designed for residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory impairments. The Edwinola is a historical icon in Dade City that began as a hotel in the early 1900s. Over the years, it served as a private residence, a university and a … [Read more...]