The Epperson residential development, with its Crystal Lagoon, will open in spring 2018 with a special guest – Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps.
Phelps signed on with Crystal Lagoons as its “Global Ambassador.” He will promote swimming and water sports around the world, with appearances at Crystal Lagoon properties, including Epperson, according to a news release from The Conroy Martinez Group.
Details and a date for the grand opening will be announced later.
The 7-acre lagoon at the center of Epperson is a mammoth swimming pool, with crystal blue, see-through waters. Epperson’s lagoon will be the first in the nation.
“(Phelps is) big on promoting people being active in water sports,” said Greg Singleton, president of Metro Development Group, which is developing Epperson. “Metro is big on having people swimming and being active in our lagoon.”
Epperson residents can enjoy aquatic activities, including swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding and sailing small boats. There also will be Caribbean-style beaches and cabanas, a waterslide, an entertainment plaza, a yoga lawn and an area for special events.
Singleton said the lagoon would have some limited guest opportunities, as well. But, he added, “It’s not designed to be a public water park.”
Instead, it will function more like a private golf course, Singleton said.
Metro is purchasing water from Pasco County to fill the lagoon. Once it is filled, Metro officials estimate the lagoon will use 50 times less water than a park of the same size and 30 times less water than a golf course.
Epperson will have about 2,000 homes when completed. Residents will participate in the first “smart gigabit community” in the nation, with UltraFi technology as a built-in feature of the community, indoors and outdoors.
Epperson also will be the first residential community within the Connected City corridor.
Pasco County commissioners approved the framework for Connected City in February. The approximately 7,800 acres in northeastern Pasco is designated as a state-approved, 10-year pilot program designed to feature technology-based neighborhoods. However, full development of Connected City is anticipated to take about 50 years.
When completed, the area will have about 37,000 homes and more than 12 million square feet of commercial space.
Saint Leo University, Florida Hospital and Tampa General Hospital are partners in the development of a wellness district within Connected City, with plans to build hospitals, schools and research facilities.
The Connected City boundaries are Interstate 75, State Road 52, and Curley and Overpass roads. Epperson is at the juncture of Curley and Overpass roads.
Currently, about 200 homes have been built at Epperson, with another 200 lots available for construction. Singleton said homeowners occupy about 70 houses.
Metro also is developing Mirada, a master-planned community north of Epperson. It also will have a Crystal Lagoon.
“Mirada is underway,” Singleton said. “We’re moving dirt and developing lots.”
Other lagoons are expected to open at developments in southern Hillsborough County and in Fort Myers.
Published November 22, 2017