County marks Ridge Road extension milestone

It was a historic day in Pasco County, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the upcoming construction of the Ridge Road extension. The new stretch of road will give motorists another east-west option through Pasco County, and will provide an additional evacuation route in the event of a disaster. The groundbreaking, held Jan. 13, followed a permit issued in December by the … [Read more...]

Old Pasco Road restructure to enhance safety

Construction is underway to reconstruct Old Pasco Road’s intersections with Quail Hollow Boulevard, Oakley Boulevard and Boom Boom Drive, in Wesley Chapel. The improvements are in response to a route study that concluded upgrades are needed to improve safety and increase traffic capacity. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore said he has heard concerns from motorists who travel on … [Read more...]

Pasco adopts new standards for mini-warehouses

After months of research and outreach, Pasco County has developed new regulations relating to the placement and design of mini-warehouse and self-storage units. The Pasco County Commission adopted the ordinance regulating these types of facilities in December. In crafting its regulations, county planners considered standards in Dade City, St. Petersburg and Miami, as well as in Portland, … [Read more...]

Pasco County ‘hottest county around,’ commission chairman says

When Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore moved to the county in 2007, it was a different place. When he arrived, the State Road 54/56 corridor — with it shopping malls, restaurants, car dealerships, hotels, residential subdivisions, medical offices, state college and industrial development — looked nothing like it does today. The Shops at Wiregrass wasn’t even there yet, recalled … [Read more...]

Ridge Road extension gets green light

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted Pasco County’s permit request to allow the extension of Ridge Road. The approval marked a major milestone in a process that’s been two decades in the making. As it stands now, motorists use State Road 52 or State Road 54, if they want to head east or west in Pasco County. The extension of Ridge Road will give them a third option. “It’s a … [Read more...]

Former county spray field to become industrial park

A 99-acre spray field on Old Pasco Road is poised to become an industrial park, which is expected to employ hundreds — under actions approved last week by the Pasco County Commission. First, commissioners approved a staff recommendation to declare the property as surplus — making it available for sale. Then, commissioners approved a proposed incentive package to encourage the Rooker Company, … [Read more...]

Encompass Health plans move to Land O’ Lakes

Encompass Health Corporation has announced plans to bring 179 jobs to Central Pasco. The company, based in Birmingham, plans to build a 37,000-square-foot facility on about 6 acres in the Bexley Community, off State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. It plans to locate its Central Business Office there, to provide medical billing and collection services to the company’s hospitals in 25 states and … [Read more...]

Plantation Palms celebrates North Canal project completion

Plantation Palms had a ribbon cutting last week to celebrate the completion of a project to address an erosion problem in the community. The $2.99 million project — approximately 1,700 feet long — involved stabilizing the community’s North Canal. The work included installing Gabion baskets along the ditch sides, and a rip-rap lining the bottom, according to a Pasco County document. The … [Read more...]

Higher density approved near Town of St. Leo

The Pasco County Commission has approved a land use change and rezoning to allow increased development at the edge of the Town of St. Leo, despite the Town’s objections. The approved rezoning allows up to 600 dwellings, 340,000 square feet of commercial and 60,000 square feet of office on 177 acres at the southwest corner of State Road 52 and Prospect Road. Under the approved land use change, … [Read more...]

Bringing holiday cheer to those in need

A ceremony was held at Keystone Community Church last week to bless the tent where people will be dropping off donations for the holidays. The 9 a.m. event, on Nov. 7, was one of six tent blessings taking place simultaneously across Tampa Bay. About three dozen people gathered at the Lutz event, which kicked off the joint effort of Keystone Community Church and First United Methodist … [Read more...]