Road extension expected to spur economic growth

Construction on the State Road 56 extension began in February and is expected to wrap up in late 2019. When finished, the new four-lane segment will provide a 6-mile link between Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel. The extension will be from Meadow Pointe Boulevard in Wiregrass Ranch to U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. The road project also will add a 10-foot wide multi-use trail on the south side … [Read more...]

Interim steps planned to improve 54/41 traffic flow

Construction on a project to improve traffic flow through the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 is expected to begin in 2018, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials. The project, which will lengthen some turn lanes, currently is in design. The construction cost is about $752,000 and is included in the transportation department’s fiscal year 2019 budget, according to … [Read more...]

FDOT budgeting future land purchases for 54/41 project

A local task force is expected to make recommendations next year on a traffic fix for the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41, but the Florida Department of Transportation already is budgeting about $32 million for land purchases connected to the project. The funding is slated for fiscal year 2023, as part of the agency’s five-year work plan. The funding for the rights of way for … [Read more...]

Avalon Park West signs first commercial tenant

Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel announced its first commercial tenant for the master-planned community’s “town center.” Power Martial Arts signed a five-year lease for about 2,500 square feet of retail space in Downtown Avalon Park West, according to a news release from Avalon Park Group. A groundbreaking is expected in 2018, with a grand opening in 2019. Power Martial Arts currently … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes gets beefed up emergency services

Pasco County Fire Rescue No. 37 has added ambulance service. The station is at the entrance to Ballantrae in Land O’ Lakes. The new service became effective on Sept. 1. Six paramedics and emergency medical technicians have been added, to provide 24-hour coverage for the rescue unit. The station, which is at 18105 State Road 54, is currently using one of the department’s spare vehicles … [Read more...]

Development coming by Lexington Oaks

New development is headed to vacant land fronting the Lexington Oaks subdivision. The Pasco County Commission approved a change to the county’s comprehensive land use plan, and a zoning amendment, to allow for the development of a residential and commercial project at Lexington Oaks Boulevard and Wesley Chapel Boulevard. The boulevard is within the wider Wesley Chapel area, at the epicenter … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes creates bold vision for the future

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Academy at the Lakes is taking a long view — and making some big plans. While specifics are still a work in progress, the school envisions the creation of a third campus on 47 acres it acquired in 2013 from the MacManus family, of Land O’ Lakes, according to Mark Heller, head of school. The private, independent school in Land O’ Lakes, at 2331 … [Read more...]

Bexley wins national design award

Bexley by Newland Communities is now a triple award winner for 2017. The master-planned community, located off State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes, won a 2017 Best in American Living Award (BALA) from the National Association of Home Builders, according to a news release from The Leytham Group. Bexley was named Best Community in the category of Single Family Communities with 100 units or … [Read more...]

Pasco County seeks new location for food relief

Pasco County commissioners don’t want a replay of the overwhelming crowds and hours-long waits that hampered efforts in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties for residents seeking to qualify for disaster food relief following Hurricane Irma’s destruction. So, on Oct. 16, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles prepared to send a letter to the Florida Department of Family and Children Services … [Read more...]

The Ice Dreammm Shop scoops ice cream and nostalgia

Ice cream dreams bring back sweet memories to Joe Schembri. There were family trips to what he remembers as “Roger’s Place” on State Road 52. Later on, ice creamy treats came from a shop near a Home Depot, known affectionately as the “Home Depot” ice cream. “All we did was ice cream every week,” said Schembri, who lives in Land O’ Lakes. “That was family time and we loved it.” Nearly three … [Read more...]