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East Meadows turns to county for rezoning

(ran NTP edition)

Only three weeks ago, the developers of East Meadows were dickering with the city of Tampa about annexing 942 acres, which could have triggered adjacent annexations.

But since that fell apart, the developers have launched their rezoning effort with Hillsborough County.

SDD Trust proposes to build 1,599 homes and 50,000 square feet of stores on the land, which is on Cross Creek Boulevard between Cross Creek and Cory Lake Isles.

The land is zoned agricultural but is in the midst of sweeping development into middle-class neighborhoods. (Petition No. RZ 96-0274-TH)

KEYSTONE: Four more large "country estate" homes may be in the works for the western shore of Lake Calm. J.R. Arey, who lives on the lake, and Chuck Wehrle of Brandon want to buy nearly 16 acres on Wayne Road and create four lots of 3 to 4 acres apiece for homes, said real estate consultant Richard Bennett. Three of the lots would be lakefront, and the fourth would include a pond. Bennett is seeking a rezoning that would allow 2{-acre lots on the property. Five-acre lots are now required. (Petition No. RZ 96-0264-KE)

NEW TAMPA: A big restaurant planned for Pebble Creek by broadcaster Jack Harris should receive its alcoholic beverage permit, a county planner has concluded.

The restaurant is separated sufficiently from homes and its "wet zoning" shouldn't have any adverse effect on a community swimming pool farther up Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, neighborhood planner Tom Hiznay wrote.

Harris and four partners plan to open the 6,000-square-foot Harris & Co. Steaks & Stuff at Pebble Creek Drive. The restaurant is to seat 225 people, cost more than $1-million and feature a logo with a caricature of Harris.

The partners hope to open by December. (Petition No. AB 96-0214)

CARROLLWOOD: A Carrollwood couple's plans to build a small shopping center on Ehrlich Road have won another endorsement. A zoning hearing master recommended last week that county commissioners rezone 1.6 acres commercial-neighborhood from the present residential. A hearing last month generated no opposition. Leonard Longo, a pharmacist, and Jean Longo, an optician, want to open a pharmacy/optical store, plus two specialty stores. The stores would be east of Hutchinson Road, next to Ho Ho Choy Chinese Restaurant. (Petition No. RZ 96-0196-KE)

CARROLLWOOD: A zoning hearing master, disagreeing with county planners, has endorsed a chiropractor's request that the corner of Fletcher Avenue and Orange Grove Drive be rezoned for his office. Planners had recommended that the chiropractor, Barry Shapiro, seek a more restrictive office-residential zoning. (Petition No. RZ 96-195-CW)

The residential neighborhoods along that stretch of Fletcher are changing because of the road's widening, and Shapiro's request is one of several rezonings proposed for homes there.

Both the planners and hearing master Andrew Baker agree that a lot immediately north of Shapiro's be rezoned so veterinarian Stacie Wadsworth, who treats only cats, can move her office there. But Wadsworth was seeking only an office-residential zoning. (Petition No. RZ 96-0185-CW)

Neighbors opposed both rezonings in a hearing last month.

But Baker noted last week that Shapiro's site already has a more liberal zoning than Wadsworth's. His is zoned for town houses and triplexes, while hers is zoned for homes.

Both rezonings are to be decided by county commissioners Aug. 13.

CARROLLWOOD: Baker also recommended that commissioners approve next month a proposed rezoning for a miniwarehouse near the northwest corner of Gunn Highway and Linebaugh Avenue. The 5-acre site is tucked behind a tire store, convenience store, body shop and warehouse. (Petition No. RZ 96-0179-CW)

CARROLLWOOD: A zoning hearing master hearing on whether to rezone eight homes on Fletcher near Armenia for residential-offices has been postponed until Aug. 5. Neighbors oppose the rezonings. (Petition No. RZ 96-0213-CW)