Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gargantuan Bay Pines Walmart to open just after Tyrone Walmart closes

Assistant store manager Brejan Edwards, Seminole council member Patricia Plantamura and store manager Marcus Sakaniwa stand in the cavernous Super Walmart in Seminole.

City of Seminole

Assistant store manager Brejan Edwards, Seminole council member Patricia Plantamura and store manager Marcus Sakaniwa stand in the cavernous Super Walmart in Seminole.

SEMINOLE — For decades, mostly senior residents lived relatively peacefully in the quiet of a 550-unit mobile home park shaded by 424 oak trees.

Now the former Bay Pines Mobile Home Park is bustling with construction workers, job and home seekers, and new tenants moving in.

The hubbub will intensify this month when the new Super Walmart brings thousands of shoppers to the property at 10005 Bay Pines Blvd., across from the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. It will replace a smaller Walmart less than 2 miles down the road at Tyrone Boulevard and Park Street in St. Petersburg. That store is scheduled to close at 6 p.m. July 15. The Seminole store will open for business at 8 a.m. July 16.

"The customers won't be without Walmart very long," store manager Marcus Sakaniwa said.

The 180 employees at the 120,000-square-foot St. Petersburg store will make the move. And Walmart will hire about 220 more employees to staff the new store of 198,000 square feet — the size of more than three football fields. Sakaniwa said the company is already hiring. Applicants should go to walmart.com to apply.

The new Walmart will be open 24 hours and have a vision center, a full grocery, a liquor store and live fish in the pet department.

While for shoppers, the big-box store is the perhaps the biggest draw, for city of Seminole officials it's only one of several components of a larger project. There's the 330-unit Courtney at Bay Pines upscale apartment complex on the northwest portion of the property. KB Homes has already sold 28 of 56 single-family homes on the northeast corner of the land. Prices start in the low $300,000s.

Seminole officials estimate the total construction costs for the homes at $9.8 million; the apartments, $17 million; and the Walmart, $8 million.

After the mobile home property changed ownership several times over the years, Kitson & Partners, a Palm Beach Gardens development company, bought the land in 2010 for $7.65 million.

It was around that time that Seminole City Council members — faced with the prospect that two large-scale properties, Bay Pines and Seminole Mall, were about to be redeveloped — decided to get a handle on development. Among other things, they created architectural standards for the city. The Bay Pines project is the first major redevelopment subject to those rules, which promote the Mediterranean Revival style. The apartments, homes and the Walmart all sport that design. The Walmart is the chain's only store in the state done in that style, but it won't be the last. The discount chain is using it as a prototype for other stores.

The standards also mandate attention to the environmental impact of such projects. Only 65 of the original oaks are left. But the lost trees will be replaced by others so that, in the end, there will be more oaks on the property than existed when the mobile home park occupied the land. The city is also requiring the planting of other trees, shrubs and palms to help make up for the loss and make the entire project more visually pleasing. City officials also required more acreage (about 10.2 acres) to be used for drainage retention than originally existed (about 4 acres).

The result, they say, is already a massive increase in taxable property value on just the portion of the property where the apartments, houses and Walmart are. That section of the overall 60 acres was worth about $4.65 million in 2012, city records show. The next year, Kitson divided that portion into three and sold them for a total of $11.2 million. At buildout, Seminole estimates those three parcels will be worth $32 million in taxable property value to the city.

It's a good example, City Manager Frank Edmunds said, to give people "a better idea what redevelopment is."

Contact Anne Lindberg at alindberg@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8450. Follow @alindbergtimes.

>>fast facts

Mobile homes once stood here

The acreage, which once housed the 550-unit Bay Pines Mobile Home Park, was annexed into Seminole in 1977. It remained pretty much under the radar until developer John Loder's Bay Pines LP bought the acreage in May 2006 for $38.5 million. The company evicted the mobile home owners to make way for 800 upscale townhomes. But Loder went under, and the project never got off the ground. The land remained vacant for years. Kitson & Partners of Palm Beach Gardens bought the land in 2010 for $7.65 million.

Gargantuan Bay Pines Walmart to open just after Tyrone Walmart closes 07/04/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 4, 2014 4:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Trigaux: Can Duke Energy Florida's new chief grow a business when customers use less power?

    Energy

    Let's hope Harry Sideris has a bit of Harry Houdini in him.

    Duke Energy Florida president Harry Sideris laid out his prioriities for the power company ranging from improved customer service to the use of more large-scale solar farms to provide electricity. And he acknowledged a critical challenge: People are using less electricity these days. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Editorial: Preserve wild Florida before it's too late

    Editorials

    The last dairy farm in Hillsborough County has milked its final cow, the pastures sold to developers who will build 1,000 new homes. The remnants of the last commercial citrus grove in Pinellas County, where the Sunshine State's famed industry began in the 19th century, were sold last year to make room for 136 homes. …

    As dairy farms and citrus groves disappear, much more needs to be done to avoid paving over Florida’s wild spaces.
  3. Florida concealed weapons permit holders exposed in computer hack

    Blogs

    More than 16,000 concealed weapons permit holders in Florida may have had their names accidently made public because of a data breach at the The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

  4. Editorial: Careless words unfit for a mayor

    Editorials

    Even his critics marvel at how well Bob Buckhorn has grown into the job since first being elected as Tampa's mayor in 2011. His grace in public and his knack for saying and doing the right things has reflected well on the city and bestowed civic pride in the mayor's office. That's why Buckhorn's cheap shot at the media …

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn fires a .50 caliber machine gun from a rigid hull inflatable boat during a Special Operations Capabilities Demonstration at the Tampa Convention Center last year. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  5. SCOTUS won't hear Bondi appeal on death penalty

    Blogs

    From Dara Kam at News Service of Florida:

    Bondi