Commissioners spar over choosing rec center design firm

The Pasco County Commission has selected Wannemacher Jensen Architects Inc., and Harvard Jolly Inc.,  as the top-ranked firms for design services for an indoor recreation center at the Wesley Chapel District Park. It also authorized county staff to negotiate with Wannemacher Jensen, and if an agreement can’t be reach, to conduct negotiations with Harvard Jolly. Commissioners approved the … [Read more...]

Design work to start on $15.5 million PHSC performing arts center

Design work is expected to get underway soon on a Pasco-Hernando State College performing arts center that is planned for the Cypress Creek Middle High School campus, off Old Pasco Road. The $15.5 million project will be built by the state college, but both the college and Pasco County Schools plan to use the facility for educational programming. Additionally, Pasco County Schools is … [Read more...]

Gearing up for Cypress Creek Middle School

A new middle school is expected to open next to Cypress Creek Middle High School, allowing the existing school to focus on high school only. The new middle school will accommodate 1,675 students on a 15-acre site, just north of the current school, which opened in August at 8701 Old Pasco Road, for students in grades six through 11. The estimated construction budget is $43.5 … [Read more...]

Bexley Elementary celebrates its formal dedication

Bexley Elementary was formally dedicated last week. It was a festive event, with Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning making some remarks, the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce marking the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the Sunlake High School band performing a few numbers. There was cake, of course. And, cupcakes, too. The cafeteria was crowded with … [Read more...]

Water and sewer rates expected to rise in Zephyrhills

Zephyrhills residents could see an increase on their utility bills, beginning next year. City staff is recommending a 4-percent increase in water rates and an 8-percent increase in sewer rates for all customers each year for a five-year period, beginning Jan. 1. The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously for City Attorney Matthew Maggard to draft an ordinance regarding the proposed rate … [Read more...]

Collaboration is key word at Bexley Elementary

When visitors step into the REC center at Bexley Elementary School, they won’t be surrounded by game tables or basketball hoops. Instead, they’ll be in the new elementary school’s media center. The REC center gets its name from three words — Research, Enrich and Collaborate. Those words emphasize the kind of learning experience planned for children attending the school, which is set to open … [Read more...]

New opportunities await at Cypress Creek Middle High

Much of the furniture and equipment has yet to be installed at Cypress Creek Middle High School, but even without it, it’s easy to see that the school is designed to offer students a multitude of opportunities when it opens in August. Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles and members of her administrative team recently led Pasco County School Board members and Superintendent Kurt Browning on a … [Read more...]

Design is final for new Zephyrhills City Hall

When it comes to a new City Hall, the Zephyrhills City Council agreed that “bigger is better.” Council members unanimously approved the design for the new City Hall complex on Jan. 23. The design calls for a two-story building of 19,615 square feet. The $6.2 million price tag is about $300,000 greater than the alternative option, which called for a structure of 18,170. Alan Knight, the … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills opts to build new City Hall

The city of Zephyrhills is getting a brand-new City Hall after all. Following several weeks of dialogue, the Zephyrhills City Council unanimously approved a motion to build a new structure at the existing City Hall site, at 5335 Eighth St. The new facility is expected be about 5,000-square-feet larger than the current 11,000-square-foot building, It likely will have a modernized brick and … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills considers two City Hall options

The Zephyrhills City Council is continuing to consider its options regarding a new City Hall. Under one option, a new building would be erected at the existing City Hall site, 5335 Eighth St. Under the other, the SunTrust Bank building at at 5435 Gall Blvd., would be purchased and renovated. Todd Vande Berg, city planning director, detailed the pros and cons of each option in a PowerPoint … [Read more...]