Connected City gets initial OK

Pasco County’s Development Review Committee has given its first stamp of approval to a pilot program to create a futuristic, technology-based network of communities across more than 7,800 acres in northeast Pasco County. But that’s just one step in the review process. State legislators approved the Connected City in 2015, and selected Pasco as the site for the project. The Pasco County … [Read more...]

No second drive-thru for Suncoast Parkway McDonald’s?

The McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain has reinvented its drive-thru in recent years to allow two lanes for those seeking to get something to eat on the go. However, the McDonald's on State Road 54 near its interchange with Suncoast Parkway may not be joining the ranks of those other restaurants anytime soon. Pasco County officials are recommending denying a request by McDonald's Corp. to … [Read more...]

Developers revive Epperson Ranch with Crystal Lagoon

The interchange connecting Overpass Road to Interstate 75 couldn’t come soon enough. With the housing market seemingly healed — at least as far as Pasco County is concerned — developers want to bring thousands of homes to an area known as Epperson Ranch, complete with a retail center, and America’s introduction to something known as Crystal Lagoon. “It would be the first of its kind in … [Read more...]

Chili’s coming to former Johnny Carino’s site

More chain restaurant options are coming to Wesley Chapel, not far from a new Walmart, where Chili's Grill & Bar is expected to build a 6,090-square-foot location. Brinker Florida Inc. is looking to build the new Chili's at 28444 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, where the Johnny Carino's restaurant was once located. Brinker is set to have its small commercial development plan approved by the … [Read more...]

Chuck E. Cheese’s coming to The Grove

Family food and entertainment is on its way to a neighborhood near you as The Grove at Wesley Chapel plans to open the county's first Chuck E. Cheese's. Oakley Grove Development LLC has submitted plans to the county to build a 14,260-square-foot outparcel at The Grove, located on Wesley Grove Boulevard fronting Interstate 75. The plans for the new kids-centered eatery are on the agenda for … [Read more...]

In Print: It’s a week filled with art, roads and the Guv’na

Trevor Nichols is heading to Washington, D.C. And it's thanks to Coach Keppel. That's Land O' Lakes High School cross-country coach Kris Keppel, of course, who served as the inspiration for a pencil drawing Nichols made that earned him accolades from U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis' Congressional Art Competition. "I really wanted to give my coach something as a gift, something he could have to … [Read more...]

New commercial space planned for fitness center, animal hospital

Wesley Chapel continues to grow along the State Road 56 corridor between Interstate 75 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, with members of the Pasco County Development Review Committee set to give its blessing next week on a 22,600-square-foot shopping center. Tentatively known as the Dr. Reddy Commerce Center, the center will be located at 27029 State Road 56, east of Mansfield Boulevard. The center … [Read more...]