Sprinkled amongst the hundreds of campaign signs that line S.R. 54 east of Curley Rd. are several large signs that won’t be disappearing after this November’s election. Their message isn’t to tell drivers who to vote for, but to alert them of one of the next large developments coming to Wesley Chapel — Chapel Crossings.

Just miles from their most recently completed project — Seven Oaks — Chicago-based Crown Community Development is in talks with Pasco County to develop 432 acres along the northern side of S.R. 54, between Curley Rd. and Meadow Pointe Blvd.

“We are currently working with the county to get entitlements and zoning,” says Barbara Kininmonth, a spokesperson for Crown. “It’s all proposed and planned. We’re just working out the details.”

The plan, she says, is to develop the property into a mixed-use development with single- and multi-family housing, as well as office and retail space. However, Kininmonth says construction won’t begin for at least a year.

“It takes time to get everything approved,” she says. “But, it’s a wonderful location at the apex of two major roads (S.R. 54 and the under-construction Zephyrhills Bypass).”

The soon-to-be-developed property was purchased by Crown from Tampa-based Harrison Bennett Properties. Crown is best known locally for their development of both Seven Oaks and WaterGrass in Wesley Chapel.

For more information, please contact Barbara Kininmonth at (630) 870-9472.


Trout Creek Commons Still Leasing In New Tampa

Big things are happening at the intersection of Trout Creek Dr. and Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., a mile or so south of the Pasco County line. The Colonial Grand Apartments at Hampton Preserve are open and nearly completed and, in front of the apartments, a new AutoZone auto parts store is being constructed on the corner outparcel. And, in the near future, several more businesses should be opening their doors in the recently completed retail center adjacent to Auto Zone, which will be known as Trout Creek Commons.

The still-vacant, 11-unit, 15,000-sq.-ft. strip center was completed early this year and is still leasing to businesses that are interested. And, considering that the plaza is located in front of the nearly-completed Colonial Grand complex, a 486-unit, luxury multi-family development, the shopping plaza will soon see a considerable amount of traffic moving past it each day.

“I have a few businesses looking,” says Maher Alagal, president of Maher Properties Group of Tampa and owner of the property. “I am negotiable on price and can lease individual units or a whole building.”

The only confirmed tenant for the plaza — which currently is conducting an interior build-out is “fast casual” burger franchise Burger 21, which already has locations in Westchase and Carrollwood, with plans to open an additional location in South Tampa.

J.O. DeLotto & Sons, Inc., a Tampa-based contracting company, constructed the shell buildings and site in less than six months. Doug Littrell, executive vice president of J.O. DeLotto & Sons, says that he thinks the site will be a great place for business.

“There is a lot of interest for people placing themselves in that proximity (in front of Colonial Grand and with frontage on BBD),” he says. “It’s a very lucrative site since there will be new residents moving through that area every day. It’s a great location.”

For additional information about Trout Creek Commons, send an email to trout creekcommons@ gmail.com. — MW

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