NEW PORT RICHEY
Apartment complex plans put on hold
A proposed apartment complex that has drawn widespread opposition from neighbors was put on hold Thursday after attorneys for both sides asked for more time. The Oaks Apartments at Riverview Village already was in limbo while a judge reviews whether permits approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection were properly evaluated. The county's top planners agreed Thursday to postpone a hearing on the project until Feb. 21. The matter, which has already been approved by county staff, is being appealed by the neighbors, who formed a group called weare5533strong.com. The neighbors found an ally in state Rep. Mike Fasano, who used to live in one of the nearby neighborhoods. The first phase of the proposed complex would include six two-story apartment buildings, a 3,000-square-foot clubhouse, swimming and splash pools, a playground, picnic pavilions, tennis and basketball courts, a mulched car wash area, a 2-acre park with an open play area, parking lots and seven garages. County staffers say the complex, proposed by Clearwater-based Scherer Development, meets or exceeds all land use requirements, and the land is already zoned as multifamily. Neighbors say they fear the complex will bring lower property values, increased traffic, noise and flooding.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Rec center cuts membership cost
Need help keeping that New Year's resolution on track? The New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center is selling annual memberships at a 20 percent discount through Thursday. The rec center at 6630 Van Buren St. includes a lap pool (open weather permitting), a children's pool and a dive and plunge pool with a 25-foot-tall slide (open seasonally); two indoor, full court gymnasiums with wood flooring for basketball, volleyball and pickleball; dance studio with ballet bars, mirrored walls and wood flooring; a fitness center with more than two dozen pieces of exercise equipment; a game room with air hockey, video games, ping pong, billiards, bumper pool board games and Foosball; activity rooms that host everything from cheerleading to karate; outdoor tennis and basketball courts; a skate park for in-line skates and skateboards. Membership prices vary. For information call (727) 841-4560 or visit cityofnewport richey.org and go to "City Departments" and select "Parks & Recreation."
The Pasco Schools All County Band concert will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. An item on Wednesday's Top of the Class page gave an incorrect location.
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