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Bay Pines Mobile Home Park site plans to come in piecemeal, new owner says

SEMINOLE — The first site plan for the redevelopment of the former Bay Pines Mobile Home Park could be submitted by the end of the year if all goes well, according to one of the developers.

The plan would likely be for apartments or other multifamily housing, Steve Messing told the crowd Thursday during a luncheon of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce. Messing is president of the retail division of Kitson & Partners, the Palm Beach Gardens developer that bought the approximately 60 acres last year for $7.65 million.

Interest has been high in what Kitson plans for the property at 10005 Bay Pines Blvd., which once housed 550 mobile homes owned mostly by seniors. But Messing said Kitson has no intention of submitting one site plan for the property. Instead, Kitson will sell portions of the property to others, who will submit their own plans.

Although Messing couldn't present an overall site plan, he did provide a few more details about plans for the land: The 4 acres of ponds now on the land will be increased to 10 to 11 acres of ponds. There will be about 204,000 square feet of retail space. The hotel that the city requires for the property will have 125 rooms. Housing will consist mostly of apartments and townhomes.

Messing said Kitson had 10 reasons for buying the land. Most of those involved its location and the population of the area. It's just across from the Bay Pines VA Medical Center and has easy access to beaches, Boca Ciega Bay and other parts of the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Bay area has 2.5 million people and 1.1 million jobs within a 60-minute drive of the land.

"We felt that was a good solid basis of business for us as we went forward," Messing said. "We think there's going to be pretty good demand."

Kitson cleared the first hurdle to redeveloping the land this month when the Seminole City Council changed the zoning on the land from residential to mixed use. The council also approved a conceptual plan that shows space for housing on the north and west, retail on the south, and a fire station with mixed uses on the east.

Anne Lindberg can be reached at (727) 893-8450 or

Bay Pines Mobile Home Park site plans to come in piecemeal, new owner says 07/23/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 23, 2011 4:30am]
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