Wiregrass Ranch has a mall, a hospital, a college campus, and in the near future — a new hotel.
Developers want to build a 92-room Fairfield Inn & Suites on State Road 56, on a 91-acre parcel east of The Shops at Wiregrass. It would be located less than a mile off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, and be close not only to the mall, but also to Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch.
Pasco County officials will meet with developers in a non-public meeting next week to hash out some of the details of the project, but it will be located on land that has been used for decades for grazing at Wiregrass Ranch. It’s not clear if developers plan to subdivide that tract of land on State Road 56, or to provide other outparcel amenities, since the 91 acres is far more than the typical 2 acres or so a hotel of this size would need.
The developer, who was not identified in documents filed with the county, has hired Hardeman-Kempton & Associates of Tampa to manage the project, which will include 54,500 square feet of commercial space.
It would be just the second Fairfield Inn in Pasco County, joining a 78-room hotel in Holiday. The chain is considered one of the lower-cost brands operated by the Marriott chain, and locations typically are franchised out.