RIVERVIEW — A plan to develop the empty field next to the Bloomingdale Regional Library has rumors circulating about what types of vendors might land there, but nothing has been decided yet, officials said.
The property directly across Blowing Oak Street has received preliminary plan approval, said Hillsborough County spokesman Willie Puz. The next step is for the developer to pay fees and submit checklist items before submitting a construction plan for review, at which point items such as traffic and road impacts will be discussed.
But so far, any word on the types of retailers coming to the spot remains speculative, Puz said.
"It would be up to the developer to get the tenants that they want for their plan," Puz said.
The property is zoned as a mixed use development, which means it will include commercial, office and residential spaces.
The site plan submitted to the county outlines a big box store, five outparcels, and a residential area to the property east of the Bloomingdale Library. The proposed site is on Bloomingdale Avenue with frontage on Lithia Pinecrest.
A mixed use development is a smaller version of a traditional neighborhood development. Both designations promote live/work/shop lifestyles in a pedestrian-friendly community center-type area.
County Commissioner Al Higginbotham said he's seen a trend in multi-use development codes and an interest in having multiple types of businesses in one location.
But even though the land was zoned for retail use about a decade ago, Higginbotham said he hasn't seen much input from the public supporting such a development.
"The impression I have is that the public wants that land to remain vacant and that there be nothing put there," he said. "I have not read every email. But there's an interest really in the land remaining in its present state."
The county has heard some concerns over the current level of traffic on Bloomingdale and Lithia Pinecrest, Puz said. Lithia Pinecrest is listed as a failed road — meaning the number of vehicles on the road exceeds the adopted level of service. The project developer must work with the county to address roadway capacity impacts of the proposed project.
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