Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tarpon Springs residents will vote in March on nursing home land sale

TARPON SPRINGS — Voters will decide in March whether the city should sell its valuable nursing home property to a developer who wants to build an assisted living facility.

Commissioners confirmed this week that they want to sell 3.46 acres at 501 S Walton Ave. to Harry Burnard for $813,000.

Burnard, of Qualified Property Management in New Port Richey, said he wants to rehabilitate the property and turn it into an assisted living facility for people with Alzheimer's disease.

Although Burnard hoped the city would hold a vote in November so he could get moving on the project, the commission decided to wait until March to allow more time to draft a development agreement — which could require Burnard to pay damages if he doesn't build the facility as promised.

Commissioners' decision to sell the property is based in part on the services and jobs they hope the facility will provide. Burnard, who also owns assisted living facilities in Tarpon Springs and Seminole, said the renovated facility will have 100 beds for the city's aging population and create 60 to 100 jobs.

LeCouris said money from the nursing home sale could be used to redo the bathrooms at Craig Park or for a shelter area at the Tarpon Sports Complex.

Mayor David Archie, Vice Mayor Susan Slattery and Commissioner David Banther approved the project. Commissioner Townsend Tarapani was absent.

Commissioner Jeff Larsen voted no, arguing that the prime location of the lot, which is near downtown and several city buildings, makes it too valuable to sell to the wrong buyer. The city only considered one bid on the property, throwing out one other because the developer submitted the wrong kind of check.

Larsen also questioned Burnard's decision to renovate the property rather than demolish it and start over.

Although Burnard promised to gut the inside and install new ceilings, floors and appliances, Larsen said he is still concerned about mold and other health hazards.

The dank and vacant former nursing home was abandoned 10 years ago and is so dilapidated it has been a training ground for police SWAT teams and the set for low-budget horror films.

Brittany Alana Davis can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4155. To write a letter to the editor, visit tampabay.com/letters or mail letters to the Tampa Bay Times, 1130 Cleveland St., Suite 100A, Clearwater, FL 33755.

Tarpon Springs residents will vote in March on nursing home land sale 08/23/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 23, 2013 5:51pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  2. Review: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw shower love, star power on Tampa's Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    Near the end of their potent new duet Break First, Tim McGraw stopped singing, and let Faith Hill's powerhouse voice take over.

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 20, 2017.
  3. Senate to take up AUMF debate as Trump defends reaction to Niger attack

    World

    WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking up a long-awaited debate about authorizing military force against the Islamic State as President Trump comes under unprecedented public scrutiny for his treatment of dead soldiers' families, following an ambush on troops helping to fight Islamic …

  4. In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath

    K12

    TAMPA — There was a time, not long ago, when Wayne Capaz would go for a stroll at night and Christina Rodriguez would shop whenever she wanted. Michael Fuller would go to his night job as a line cook, not too worried about his wife at home.

    More than 50 people gathered and walked in the Southeast Seminole Heights community Friday to pay respects to the victims of three shootings. The crowd took a moment of silence at the corner of 11th Street and East New Orleans where Monica Hoffa was found dead. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]
  5. Fennelly: What's not to like about Lightning's start?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — No one is engraving the Stanley Cup. No one has begun stuffing the league MVP ballot box for Nikita Kucherov.

    The Lightning, with a win tonight, would match the best start in franchise history, 7-1-1 in the 2003-04 Cup season.