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Upscale development gets the go-ahead

(ran West edition)

City Council members gave the green light Thursday to a developer who wants to build 20 upscale homes in the northeast end of the city. In so doing, Pinellas Park council members heeded the concerns of neighbors who did not want 109th Street N extended to allow access to the new homes.

They had argued that opening the street would increase traffic and destroy the quiet and safety of their neighborhood, where children are accustomed to playing in the streets.

The new homes, which will be built by American Housing, will cost about $200,000 each. They'll be located just south of 110th Avenue N on the west side of U.S. 19 behind the Staples.

After the issue was resolved, Pinellas Park Mayor Bill Mischler announced that American Housing will soon be moving its corporate headquarters to Pinellas Park. The company has bought land on 66th Street N and plans to erect a 15,000 square foot building there.