Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Developer may fund Big Bend road work

APOLLO BEACH — The county could require the developer of the proposed Southshore Commons shopping center to pay more than $24-million for road improvements.

If the 1-million-square-foot shopping center is built at the southwest corner of Interstate 75 and Big Bend Road, traffic would exceed capacity on many roads and intersections near the 128-acre site, a recent Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council staff report said.

That means Hillsborough County could require developer Equity Inc. to help pay for widening Big Bend Road from four to six lanes between U.S. 41 and U.S. 301.

The possible cost to the developer? About $22.4-million for road impacts, and about $2-million to add turn lanes and traffic lights to intersections.

The planning council is scheduled to vote on the staff recommendations next week. County commissioners will have the final say.

They are scheduled to vote on proposed zoning and land use changes next month.

Equity is still negotiating the details with county officials, said Jay Miller, the company's vice president of mixed use development.

"We're going to do whatever road improvements are required," he said.

NRI Equity Inc. paid $24-million for 66 acres of pasture land in June, according to county records. Bayview Properties still owns the remaining land where developers hope to build Southshore Commons.

By spring 2010, major retailers and a movie theater could be open for business. Plans for the project also include more than 450,000 square feet of office space and 250 hotel rooms.

Catherine E. Shoichet can be reached at cshoichet@sptimes.com or 661-2454.

. FAST FACTS

If you go

County commissioners are scheduled to have a hearing on proposed changes to the Southbend Development of Regional Impact at 1:30 p.m. May 13 at the County Center, 601 E Kennedy, Tampa.

Developer may fund Big Bend road work 04/10/08 [Last modified: Friday, April 11, 2008 6:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Update: Scientology cancels planned mock FBI raid on downtown building

    Special Topics

    CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology planned to film a mock FBI raid on a downtown building Monday afternoon, but the actors and cameras never showed up.

    According to Clearwater Police, the Church of Scientology plans to hold a mock FBI raid at 3 p.m. Monday at this vacant building at 305 N Fort Harrison Ave. Police announced the raid in advance to alert the public. They said they did not know the reason for the event. [Google Earch image]
  2. Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

    Human Interest

    NEW YORK — In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey.

    People gather in Washington's Lafayette Park to see the White House lit up in rainbow colors on June 26, 2015, the day the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage legal. In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey released on Monday, June 26, 2017. [Associated Press]
  3. Florida inspired new group focused on improving how elections are run

    Blogs

    A new group run by two lawyers and veteran Democratic operatives specializing in voter protection efforts is launching a pilot program in Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to work with local elections officials to improve the voting process. Access Democracy, run by …

    Access Democracy wants to improve voter participation and how elections are run
  4. Super Nintendo is coming back to stores, and there's even a new (old) game

    Blogs

    If the overwhelming success of last year's NES Classic is any indication, you may want to get your hands on Nintendo's newly-announced Super NES Classic as soon as it becomes available this fall.

    Super Nintendo plans to release the Super NES Classic Edition.
  5. Dave Andreychuk going into Hall of Fame (w/photo gallery)

    Blogs

    Dave Andreychuk said Monday began "business as usual."

    Dave Andreychuk battles Calgary's Andrew Ference during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.