Pasco’s growth fuels the economy


Apartment building dominates residential development along the State Road 54 / State Road 56 corridor – a focal point for development amid the rapid growth of Pasco County.

As the roofs of luxury apartment houses appear, retail follows, as evidenced by road signs and county permits.

Signs like these, east of Odessa, off State Road 54, appear on old pastures along the State Road 54 / State Road 56 corridor. (Fred Bellet)

The old pastures along the busy road are now occupied by shops, restaurants, apartments, car dealerships and Class A offices.

Wiregrass stores near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Wesley Chapel, Athleta added; go! Calendars and games; and siKicks (a shoe and collectibles store); Charming Charlies; and, Hickory Farms. Soon the details of the body; JABZ Boxing; and Le Salon.

In addition to expanding its retail business, Cypress Creek Town Center, a massive development west of the Interstate 75 / State Road 56 interchange, is launching its residential plans.

County building permits say the Garrett Apartments arrive on Grand Cypress Drive and Silversaw at Wesley Chapel rises along Garden Village Way and Citron Boulevard.

Valentino’s Fine Jewelers and The Good Feet Store have opened on Sierra Center Boulevard, the main east-west road in downtown, and Carrabba’s Italian Grill is coming.

Construction of Miller’s Ale House, meanwhile, is underway at the entrance to Wesley Chapel Boulevard in Tampa Premium Outlets on the south side of the freeway.

Zaxby’s restaurant opened on Sun Vista Drive near Costco. New offerings from Tampa Premium Outlets will include a Wendy’s Frosty Cart and new jewelry selections with Banter at Piercing Pagoda.

Wesley Chapel’s BMW is building a six-story building on State Road 56. (Fred Bellet)

Just west of Wesley Chapel Boulevard on the north side of State Road 54, the owners of El Dorado furniture store are setting the stage for a 70,000 square foot store.

When it opens, slated for around June, shoppers will be able to stroll along a streetscape, enjoying more than 20 storefronts featuring furniture styles ranging from contemporary to traditional.

The Capo family, who develop El Dorado, opened their first store in the late 1960s in Miami.

The family opened a store in St. Petersburg in late 2019, ahead of the COVID shutdown and, despite the schedule, it went well, according to Pedro Capo, chief operating officer of El Dorado.

Now Capo has said he plans to hire and train around 50 employees for the Pasco store, likely starting in March or April.

Capo is optimistic about the outlook for the Pasco store, noting that the county’s residential growth bodes well for building a strong customer base.

El Dorado will join WaWa, Firestone and Burger King along the State Road 54 frontage in the apartments at Brighthouse Crossings.

Just west of Brighthouse, a Woodie’s Wash Shack has opened at The Shoppes in Cypress Creek. Another potential tenant of the new square is the Italian restaurant in Fazoli.

More accommodation and dining options

In Land O ‘Lakes, the Avidity Living apartment complex is under construction on State Road 54 and Oak Grove Boulevard. The development of 252 units is expected to open in 2022.

Plus, EOS Fitness comes to this place.

Willow Bend Town Center, at State Road 54 and Collier Parkway, recently added Ayoki Japan restaurant. Esporta Fitness is a new brand image of the old LA Fitness. And a sign near the entrance to the center on the national highway suggests Pasco will be getting another car wash – Vortex Express Car Wash.

A new apartment community, Avidity Living, is under construction on State Road 54 and Oak Grove Boulevard in Land O ‘Lakes. EOS Fitness will be built at the intersection. (Fred Bellet)

West of US 41, vacant lots in Ballantrae and Cypress Ranch are sprouting ‘coming soon’ signs as construction begins on apartments, new retail and a classy office complex project A, known as 54 crosses.

On the south side across from Ballantrae, the Cypress Ranch development includes Azora, a new apartment complex, opening in Spring 2022. Signs in front of the complex show a plethora of stores on offer, including ALDI grocery store, Chick-Fil -A, another EOS Fitness, Honest-1 Auto Care and The Learning Experience.

“We are pleased to confirm that we will be opening our newest location in Lutz, Florida next year, with construction scheduled to begin soon,” Matt Thon said in a statement provided via email. Thon is the Haines City division vice president for ALDI.

No further details were provided regarding the construction schedule or opening date.

A Circle K is under construction there, and a Woodie’s Wash Shack is coming.

On the north side, 54 Crossings is a 60,000 square foot Class A office building project on Aprile Drive adjacent to Ballantrae’s row of fast food restaurants which includes Taco Bell and Dairy Queen Grill & Chill.

East of Suncoast Parkway, the planned community of Bexley in Newland is moving land for a large shopping and business center, off State Road 54 and Bexley Village Drive. Known as the Hub in Bexley, the shopping complex is slated to open in the summer of 2022.

The Bexley website describes the Hub as a “shopping and shopping destination,” with opening in the summer of 2022. Bexley residents can walk or cycle along the connecting trails to enjoy dining, shopping, live concerts and family events. But it is also envisioned as an attraction for residents of Tampa Bay with easy access to freeways.

Construction continues in the towns of Oakstead, on the north side of State Road 54, in Land O ‘Lakes. (Fred Bellet)

The Hub also includes a large outdoor plot on Bexley Village Drive, adjacent to the Springhill Suites hotel and across from the Amazon warehouse delivery entrance. The site will house 4 & Co., with approximately 35,000 square feet of Class A office and co-working space. Limited memberships and passes will be offered. Facilities will include a gym, yoga studio, sauna, acupuncture and massage treatment room, and conference rooms.

West of Suncoast Parkway, the Shoppes at Crossings Boulevard originally hosted HotWorx and Jimmy John’s Restaurant. New signs in development indicate that additional tenants will be there, including Beyond 2020 Vision Specialists, PTI Solutions, Touch Nail Spa and Shabby Dental Institute.

Another apartment complex, Avilla Suncoast, is under construction at Redstone Way and Crossings Boulevard, just behind the new Hooters Restaurant.

Then along the road, The Preserve Marketplace near South Branch Road is increasing its retail and business options with Caring Paws Animal Hospital, 100% Chiropractic, PostNet, Lin China Restaurant, Papa Johns Restaurant , Burger Fi, Chipotle, Panera Bread, and the USF Federal Credit Union. The mall is anchored by the Greenwise Publix grocery store.

The downtown area of ​​Starkey Ranch, at Gunn Highway and State Road 54, is also expanding. A shell building is under construction, but the new tenants have not yet been identified.

The Starkey Ranch business park on Heart Pine Avenue recently added the Sandwicherie Capriotti. Tropical Smoothie Café has an “coming soon” sign. Butcher’s Mark Fresh Meats and Marinades is another store on the way.

Obviously, there’s a lot going on along State Road 54 / State Road 56 – and there’s no indication the pace of activity will slow down anytime soon.

Posted on November 24, 2021

By Kathy Steele


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