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...]

Construction crews busy on area road projects

Anyone who drives around Pasco County on a regular basis knows there aren’t many east-west roads that cut through the county’s vast expanse, and that it isn’t   a bit unusual to have to wait in traffic. There are a number of projects, however, that are in the works, on the drawing board, or have been recently completed that are aimed at making life easier for Pasco motorists. Of course, as … [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...]

Growth and change are hallmarks at area schools

As 2019 becomes 2020, area schools continue to respond to growth, while also changing academic options available on some campuses. Recently, Superintendent Kurt Browning announced an initiative that will create significant change in West Pasco-area schools to bolster academic performance, but he also outlined some coming projects within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, as … [Read more...]

‘Imagine Christmas’ helps families

Leslie Egan and Ruby Tillson made their way around the room, checking out gifts on display. They had lots of shopping to do for the children in their charge. Egan is a single parent raising three grandchildren — ages 10, 12 and 14. Tillson is raising a 12-year-old great-niece and two stepsons, ages 8 and 11. Both women were shopping earlier this month in the “Imagine Christmas” … [Read more...]

2045 roadway plan officially pushes forward

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board has approved the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan that includes numerous projects that are expected to be pursued within a 20-year time frame. “The goal is to develop [a] cost-affordable plan that covers a minimum of 20 years through the planning process,” Wally Blain, of Tindale Oliver, told the MPO board during a Dec. 11 … [Read more...]

Under Construction 12/18/2019

New performing arts center Pasco-Hernando State College is constructing an Instructional Performing Arts Center at 8657 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel. The 37,000-square-foot structure will include a theater, dressing rooms, a storage area, a catering kitchen, a lobby, classrooms and office space. It is on the same campus as Cypress Creek High School, and Cypress Creek Middle School, which also … [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...]

Pasco School Board adopts new school boundaries

The Pasco County School Board unanimously approved school rezonings for the 2020-2021 school year — primarily affecting students living in the Seven Oaks subdivision in Wesley Chapel. Board members approved the boundary shifts that are aimed to relieve crowding at Wiregrass Ranch High School and John Long Middle School, and to fill seats available at Cypress Creek High School and the new … [Read more...]

School boundary proposals draw opposition

Compared to school boundary hearings in recent years, the crowd was relatively small at a public hearing last week on proposed boundary changes for Pasco County Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Still, concerns expressed by parents were similar to the types of concerns generally raised at school boundary meetings. Boundary changes planned for next year primarily involve changes needed … [Read more...]