Construction workers are in the early stages of building CubeSmart, a self-storage facility located on an outparcel outside of the Walmart Super Center in Lutz.
The storage facility is among new retail additions popping up on the open landscape along the apex, where North Dale Mabry Highway and U.S. 41 merge.
CubeSmart representatives couldn’t be reached for comment.
The economic downturn in 2008 held developers at bay, but they are taking a new look at the outparcels.
For years, Walmart stood out as the lone retail sentry.
But, Pasco County commissioners in October approved changes to a master plan for developing the entire site, which includes several outparcels.
The approval from county commissioners added about 60,000 square feet of retail and 12,000 square feet of office. About 50,000 square feet set aside previously for office is available for uses such as retail or a hotel.
In 2015, Famous Tate of New Tampa Inc., bought about 1.5 acres for its third Famous Tate store in Pasco County. Construction is nearly complete. Like CubeSmart, Famous Tate will front U.S. 41 on the eastern side of the Walmart apex.
Last year, the Nashville-based New Port Richey Hospital Inc., a subsidiary of HCA Holdings Inc., bought a 1.6-acre lot on the western side of the apex, fronting Dale Mabry and adjacent to the County Line shopping plaza. The sale was brokered by The Land Sharks LLC.
Construction on an approximately 10,800-square-foot emergency health facility is in early stages.
Florida Department of Transportation plans to install a traffic signal and turn lane at the entrance into the Walmart site, off Dale Mabry Highway.
Additional outparcels outside Walmart remain available for development.
Published March 29, 2017