Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Seminole gets ball rolling on Bay Pines chunk of land

SEMINOLE — City Council members took the first step last week of a long process that could eventually see a hotel, restaurant and homes on property that once housed the Bay Pines Mobile Home Park.

The council unanimously approved a preliminary development agreement and gave a tentative go-ahead to a zoning change from residential to mixed use. A conceptual plan shows space for housing on the north and west of the almost 60 acres. The southern portion of the property, at 10005 Bay Pines Blvd., would have retail, and the eastern portion would have a fire station and mixed uses.

Required under the agreement is a hotel with at least 60 rooms, said Mark Ely, head of Seminole's development department. City officials asked that of Kitson & Partners, the property's owners.

"The city wants a hotel," Ely said. "Another thing the city wants is a sit-down restaurant."

Some neighbors objected to the proposal, saying they feared traffic and noise. They also wanted to make sure the council keeps a close eye on the development.

"We are painfully aware there is a traffic issue," Ely said.

The plan is to reconfigure 100th Way N and the entry points to the land, he said. Those changes should improve the traffic situation.

Ely also assured the property's neighbors that Seminole and other agencies will keep a close eye on the development.

"The council will have its fingers and eyes on this process," Ely said. "There's going to be a lot of input as this moves up the chain. … This is the first step in a long process."

The city will submit the plans to the Pinellas Planning Council and then to the County Commission. The plan will then come back to the Seminole council for final approval. That could happen as early as April.

The council will also have its say once Kitson finalizes its plans.

The Bay Pines property has had a tortured history in recent years. It was once a mecca for seniors who lived in the 550 tree-shaded mobile homes. Many were there because the Bay Pines VA Medical Center is across the street.

Developer John Loder bought the land in May 2006 for $38.5 million. Loder's Bay Pines LP evicted the residents to make way for 800 upscale townhomes. But Loder went under and the land has remained vacant since.

Kitson, of Palm Beach Gardens, bought the land last year for $7.65 million.

Kitson, founded in 1992, is a large-scale developer responsible for such communities as the 18,000-acre Babcock Ranch in Charlotte and Lee counties that is to be the site of a city powered entirely by the world's largest solar photovoltaic array.

Kitson's website says the Bay Pines development will take some of its cues from Babcock Ranch and the company's other "smart growth" projects.

"K&P looks forward to working with the city of Seminole and Pinellas County to create a dynamic mixed-use development with hotel and retail space, apartments, townhomes, and assisted living facilities that together create a more livable, sustainable lifestyle for residents," the site says.

Anne Lindberg can be reached at alindberg@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8450.

Seminole gets ball rolling on Bay Pines chunk of land 01/15/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Evening update: Tropical Storm Harvey forms in Atlantic, second wave follows

    Hurricanes

    UPDATE: At 8 p.m. the National Hurricane Center said a hurricane hunter plane had determined that Tropical Storm Harvey had formed with sustained winds of 40 mph.

    Three tropical waves are expected to strengthen as they move across the Atlantic Ocean. [Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center]
  2. Trump 'beautiful statues' tweets roil Tampa Bay's own Confederate debate

    National

    It started Thursday at 9:07 a.m., as it does so often these days, with a tweet:

    The Memoria in Aeterna Confederate monument stands in front of the old Hillsborough County Courthouse. Hillsborough County Commissioners voted 4-2 last month to move it to a private cemetery in Brandon before voting again this week to put a deadline on a public sector fundraising campaign to pay part of the cost. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Rays waste repeated opportunities in 5-3 loss to Blue Jays

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Rays manager Kevin Cash made a case for urgency before Thursday's game, in both actions and words, making significant changes to the structure of the lineup and sincere comments about time running short.

    Trevor Plouffe of the Rays reacts as he pops out with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. [Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images]
  4. Spanish PM voices solidarity with Barcelona

    World

    BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says his country is mourning in solidarity with the city of Barcelona and other cities in Europe that have been hit by deadly extremist attacks.

    An injured person is treated in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. [Associated Press]
  5. Confederate statue: Why Bucs, Lightning, Rays took a stand

    Bucs

    They didn't want another Charlottesville.

    Marc Rodriguez, a member of the "Florida Fight for $15" organization, stands in protest along with other activists demanding the Confederate  monument be removed from the old Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]