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Pasco school district scales back sale of Zephyrhills park site



Zephyrhills residents who wanted to save Hercules Park from development could gain some satisfaction after all.

Pasco school district plans to sell the largely wooded 15.5-acre parcel at U.S. 301 and County Road 54 to a developer have changed. An amended sale contract going to the School Board on Tuesday indicates that the buyer, GH&G Florida, now only wants to own only the 2-acre corner of the site at the intersection, where it is expected to build a Wawa or similar gas station.

The rest of the property "would stay with the district," superintendent Kurt Browning said, at least until other plans can be made.

The document going to the School Board states "remaining acreage will be addressed at a future Board meeting and will include a proposal to develop a park in the city of Zephyrhills."

Signals that the $2.3 million original deal was faltering arose in December, as GH&G had not made its payments for the land to the district and was balking at the price. City officials have wanted to purchase much of the site, which hasn't been used since 2012, but so far have been stymied in their efforts.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 9:49am]


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