Pasco County’s outlook is bright, panel says

Panelists speaking at a real estate conference in Wesley Chapel last week said Pasco County has been making strides and is expected to continue to do so. For decades, Pasco County has been considered a bedroom community — with residents making a daily commute to jobs in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. That picture is changing, said Heidi Tuttle-Beisner, an expert in commercial real … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch still practices patient approach to growth

Since the outset of the development of Wiregrass Ranch, the Porter family has used a patient approach to assembling the building blocks of a community. Over time, land once occupied by cattle and orange groves has been transformed. Developments including The Shops at Wiregrass, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Pasco County’s development ready to take off

Dreams and visions for the redevelopment of Pasco County began more than two decades ago. Today, homes, shops, hotels, offices and medical campuses are coming out of the ground and redrawing the county’s future. On March 1, developers of four of Pasco’s master-planned communities updated more than 100 people who came to the annual Meet the Developers breakfast. The Pasco Economic Development … [Read more...]

Growth continues to transform Wiregrass Ranch

Once known for its cattle and citrus groves, the Wiregrass Ranch area of Wesley Chapel is now being viewed as a place where people can live, work, shop, learn and receive medical care. During the past decade: Pasco-Hernando State College opened Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, giving Wesley Chapel students their first opportunity to seek a four-year college degree in their own backyard. … [Read more...]

Uniting Pasco with love, from The Angelus

As sure as armadillos tear up gardens and raw kumquats pucker lips, this much is verifiable about Pasco County: Despite what its borders suggest, the massive slab of real estate that squats atop Hillsborough and Pinellas is not one county, but instead is at least two, if not three, each neatly defined by a north-south thoroughfare. You know how it works. East-siders cluster around U.S. 301. … [Read more...]

Weatherford makes PHSC’s hall of fame

Will Weatherford, the former Speaker of the House of the Florida Legislature, was inducted into Pasco-Hernando State College’s Legislative Hall of Fame on Sept. 20. The ceremony was at the state college’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., according to a news release from the college. Ed Blommel, chairman of PHSC’s District Board of Trustees, … [Read more...]

Raymond James closes land deal

Raymond James Financial has purchased land from the Porter family, moving a step closer to building an office complex in Wesley Chapel. The satellite campus could yield hundreds of new jobs for Pasco County. The Fortune 500 financial company, with headquarters in St. Petersburg, could build as much as 1 million square feet of offices on about 65 acres near State Road 56 at Mansfield … [Read more...]

Permit granted for Raymond James

Raymond James is a step closer to building a campus in Wesley Chapel, according to J.D. Porter, whose family has a pending contract on a land sale to the financial services giant. Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the permit needed for the project last week, Porter said. “It covers the entire Raymond James project,” he said. The project, which would be built near State … [Read more...]

Porter to doubters: Raymond James is coming

J.D. Porter said he knows there are a lot of people who doubt that Raymond James will ever have a location in the Wiregrass Ranch community of Wesley Chapel. And, he said he knows that the decision by T. Rowe Price not to locate in Pasco County has helped to fuel those speculations. But, at a March 10 meeting of the Pasco Alliance of Community Associations in Land O’ Lakes, Porter told the … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Sports Park on new path?

The future of the Wiregrass Sports Park is in play, again. A new call for proposals will be issued within the next month seeking developers who want to partner with Pasco County in building and operating a field house for indoor sports such as basketball, wrestling and volleyball. The project also envisions the potential for four or five outdoor ball fields. And, eventually there could be … [Read more...]