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Developer plans shopping center

A longtime Pasco developer and his son plan to build a 69,000-square-foot shopping center on the south side of County Line Road, providing an alternative for shoppers tired of congested U.S. 19. Walter and William Krysher hope to begin building the Krysher Commercial Center sometime this year, with each of two planned phases taking roughly three months to complete. The center is planned for both sides of Long Lake Drive, roughly three miles east of U.S. 19 and directly in front of the Long Lake Estates residential area, also developed by Walter Krysher.

Each phase of the center will cost some $100,000 to build and will cover approximately 34,500 square feet, Walter Krysher said. Anchor stores at either end of the center take up more than half of the space, according to plans filed with Pasco County.

In the plans, the anchor stores are labeled as a drug store and an arts and crafts supply store, but Krysher said those are only tentative uses. He would not name specific tenants but said he already has lease commitments from a video-production business and an accounting firm.

Krysher said his decision to build the center was prompted largely by local residents' complaints about having to drive all the way to U.S. 19 to go shopping.

"We want to put a shopping center out there because the highways are so full, people can't get out to the shopping centers further away," Krysher said. "There's a better demand for shopping centers here than there is on U.S. 19."

While Krysher expects most of the shoppers to come from Spring Hill in Hernando County, he chose to build in Pasco because land for commercial development is extremely limited on the north side of County Line Road.

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