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Developer plans 67 town homes for 10 acres on Old Tampa Bay

A subdivision of family town homes is being proposed for 10 acres of waterfront property on Old Tampa Bay.

Centex Homes of Tampa submitted plans to the city last month for 67 three-story town homes, most of which will have a view of the bay. The vacant 10 acres, owned by Roger Kumar of Oldsmar, are west of Oakwood Boulevard, south of St. Petersburg Drive and east of Woodward Avenue.

Last month, the city's Technical Review Committee reviewed the plans and the developer's request for a rezoning of the property. City officials met with the developer to discuss the plans.

"I like the concept of it,'" said Community Development Director Nick Staszko. "On first blush, I think it's a good project."

The property has three zoning designations: One slice is for duplexes or triplexes, another piece is for single family homes and the third section is for a combination of the three. Centex is requesting a zoning change to planned unit development, which allows for the town homes.

The town homes would be grouped in complexes of four or six. Each would have a two-car garage at the ground level with two stories of living space above. Centex marketing director Tim Pettit said the town homes will have between 1,100 and 1,700 square feet.

A community swimming pool, playground, pavilion and dock are planned.

While Centex has not completed its marketing research on the subdivision, the town homes likely will sell for $120,000 to $170,000, Pettit said.

"With its location on the top of the bay, it will go quickly," Pettit said.

Staszko said the project has a good location in a residential area with access to main roads but some privacy.

"You're tucked away," Staszko said. "It's very quiet."

The subdivision has not been named but Pettit said it will probably reflect the view of Old Tampa Bay with something like "Bay" or "Harbor" in the name.

The Planning Board is scheduled to review the project Nov. 12.

The zoning changes for the plan will ultimately need approval of the City Council.

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