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Largo officials: townhouse development still on for site on potential Rays stadium list



A list of potential stadium sites for the Tampa Bay Rays includes a former citrus grove in the city of Largo that developers are eyeing for townhouses.

That project is still moving forward on the site near the corner of U.S. 19 and Belleair Road, said economic development manager Teresa Brydon in an email chain between city officials and commissioners. The land was previously home to one of the Orange Blossom Groves locations.

Brydon said the conditions of the development agreement will go before commissioners in the coming weeks. 

According to Pinellas County Property Appraiser's records, the site is still owned by the Repetto family, which ran the citrus grove. The family is under contract to sell the land to M/I Homes of Tampa, according to DeLoach and Hofstra, the law firm handling the Repetto family trust.

Commissioner Curtis Holmes brought up concerns raised by residents who live off the oak tree-lined Belleair Road regarding the townhouse development, mainly over traffic. 

"Belleair Rd would NEVER be approved and I'm confident the neighborhood would picket city hall with pitchforks and torches," he wrote.

An official from the Pinellas County Economic Development Department told the county commission on Tuesday that the report is a “high-level scan” that simply puts more land options on the table to keep the Rays. 

“Finally, Pinellas County staff has not engaged in discussions with the owners of the above candidate sites to determine interest or constructability,” the report stated.

Staff writer Mark Puente contributed to this report.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 3:43pm]


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