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New subdivision to feature nature

Another day, another subdivision.

Florida-Southeast Development Corp. will become the latest developer to build a subdivision along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in New Tampa when it breaks ground this October. The Carrollwood-based developer plans to begin construction on a 66-acre neighborhood, the Lakes at Northwood, just north of the Pasco County line.

Like its neighbors, the Lakes at Northwood will feature single-family homes and playgrounds, located among man-made lakes and nature preserves.

"A person will be looking not only out on the lake but onto wooded areas, which will stay that way forever," said Kenneth Mamula, president of the company, which also redeveloped Sunshine Mall in Clearwater.

Northwood home buyers can choose among two different neighborhoods in the subdivision, with homes and lots together costing between $100,000 and $160,000. The largest of the 282 lots will run 65 feet by 110 feet, or one-sixth of an acre.

Located across from Meadow Pointe, Lakes at Northwood follows the trend in New Tampa of building more affordable homes for young families instead of the lavish estates in developments like Tampa Palms.

"You can get more home for your money," Mamula said.

Buyers also buy into a 30-acre lake weaving behind back yards, and behind the water, 60 acres of wetlands. Kids can play on two planned playgrounds and a tennis court. All this, Mamula said, without having to pay monthly dues to a community development district to finance roads and landscaping. The developer paid for those items, he said.

Eventually, Mamula said, a state road to be built just north of the development will connect to Interstate 75 and create an easy commute into Tampa.

"Tampa is becoming a two-market town," he said. "There's New Tampa and Brandon. There's nothing else."

_ If you have a story about New Tampa, call David Karp at 226-3474.