The Pasco County Commission has approved spending $3.2 million in Penny for Pasco funds to help pay for widening a portion of Old Pasco Road.
The expenditure is considered to be a fair share contribution, associated with an economic development project at the Overpass Business Park property at 7012 Old Paso Road and 7526 Old Pasco Road.
The county’s engineering services department requested the county’s Office of Economic Growth to provide the $3.2 million toward the road’s construction costs, according to the Pasco County Commission’s July 6 agenda packet.
The concept plan for the business park consists of four buildings totaling 860,000 square feet. The project is expected to generate 1,500 full-time jobs.
The agreement says Old Pasco Road must be widened to four lanes, from the southern point of the property going north to the intersection of Old Pasco Road and Overpass Road, before the first certificate of occupancy will be issued on the property.
The first industrial building on the property is expected to be completed by the end of September in 2022.
In other action, commissioners:
- Approved a task order in the amount of $584,100 with Bandes Construction Company Inc., to provide construction services for the interior renovation to the Commissioner Suite on the first floor of the West Pasco Government Center.
The existing suite is outdated and doesn’t meet the functional needs of the three commissioners who have offices there and their support staff, agenda materials say. The renovation involves a 3,257 square-foot area, including one large conference room, two small conference rooms, two restrooms, three commissioner offices, six administrative assistant offices, a breakroom, reception area, copy area and storage.
- Approved an increase of $171,000 with TNT Environmental LLC for expenditures relating to the countywide slum and blight demolition program. The increase will result in a new not-to-exceed amount of $466,625 for fiscal year 2021 and a cumulative total not-to-exceed amount of $1,195,500 for the three-year contract term.
The additional money is needed to allow a task force to prioritize an additional 20 to 30 structures for demolition in fiscal year 2021.
- Approved a development agreement with Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc., regarding the design, permitting and construction of a turn lane on the west side of Morris Bridge Road, at the intersection of State Road 56, in exchange for mobility fee credits.
The county’s transportation planners have determined that this improvement is not a site-access related improvement, and is an existing deficiency unrelated to the master-planned unit development, which makes it eligible for mobility fee credits.
County planners and the County Attorney’s Office have vetted the agreement, according to agenda materials.
- Approved a funding agreement between the county and Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco County Inc., to allow the county to expend grant funds as approved under the Fiscal Year 2020 HOME Investment Partnerships Program. The agreement allows $400,000 for the construction of 10 affordable for- purchase homes located in the Cove neighborhood on Main Avenue and 17th Street in Dade City.
The term of this Agreement begins on the last day signed by the county and continues through Sept. 30, 2022. Payment of the allocated sum is to be made as reimbursement to Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco County.
• Approved a change to the county’s land use plan to allow 11 more single-family homes in the Orange State Grove, north of County Line Road, west of Livingston Road, in Lutz. The change increased the designation from three dwellings per acre to nine dwellings per acre, on approximately 2.32 developable acres. The existing Orange State master-planned development permitted 206 residential units, but the additional homes required a change in the land use designation to support the increased density.
Published July 14, 2021