RIVERVIEW: St. Joseph's Hospital was granted the zoning necessary to some day build a 400,000-square-foot hospital and 220,000-square-foot medical office complex south of Big Bend Road on Simmons Loop Road.
But now another health care provider is seeking permission to build another medical complex almost directly across the street.
Unlike St. Joseph's, Nashville-based HCA Healthcare plans to build immediately.
HCA, which owns South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center, has asked Hillsborough County to rezone nearly 39 acres northeast of Big Bend Road and Simmons Road from agricultural-rural to planned development, paving the way for a potential 360,000-square-foot hospital and 300,000 square feet of medical office space.
Plans call for construction on an outpatient medical facility starting early next year and lasting about 14 months. The second phase would begin in mid 2006 and include the addition of a 106-bed hospital over two years. HCA hopes to add another 144 beds by 2012.
At 250 beds, the proposed 100-foot-tall hospital would more than double the capacity of South Bay Hospital.
A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the request Dec. 13; the County Commission will consider it Jan. 25. (Petition RZ 04-1820)
APOLLO BEACH: A massive planned development could be getting bigger.
Newland Communities has asked the county to rezone 402 acres between Interstate 75 and U.S. 41 in Apollo Beach from agricultural-rural to planned development, allowing for a proposed 800 homes and townhomes.
The parcel abuts the south border of the proposed Southbend development, a 777-acre retail and commercial complex zoned in 1986 to include a 1-million-square-foot regional shopping center, 654,000 square feet of office space, more than 2,800 homes and a 500-room hotel.
Newland owns most of the Southbend land, situated near I-75 and Big Bend Road. Morin Development has explored the possibility of buying and building on a $30-million slice of the property.
According to Newland's rezoning request, the 402-acre parcel, which is still owned by Bayview Properties Limited LLLP, will be incorporated into the Southbend development.
A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the request Dec. 13. The County Commission will hear the request Jan. 25. (Petition RZ 04-1823)
APOLLO BEACH: Sixteen years ago, a 69-acre lot near the corner of U.S. 41 and Big Bend Road in Apollo Beach was zoned for nearly 1-million square feet of office and commercial space.
Since then, the lot's owner has scaled back expectations and has asked the county to modify his zoning request.
In 1988, Hardy H. Huntley of Pinellas Park was granted development of regional impact status to build 450,000 square feet of commercial space, 360,000 square feet of office space, and a 180,000-square-foot service center. He even got permission to build a 250-room hotel.
Huntley's revised expectations? A 399,000-square-foot commercial center and a 120,000-square-foot office park.
A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the request Dec. 13. The County Commission will consider the resulting recommendation Jan. 25. (Petition MM 04-1818)
RIVERVIEW: Bruce Kraus lost the roof of his Riverview koi hatchery during Hurricane Frances. Now he's preparing to move his tropical fish farm altogether.
After months of holding out, Kraus has finally reached a deal to sell his 9-acre tropical fish farm, Kraus Tropicals, to Brandon developer Bonnie K. Rubesha, who owned more than 80 acres all around the farm.
Rubesha has asked the county to rezone more than 93 acres south of Symmes Road between Interstate 75 and U.S. 41 to a planned development. Kraus' farm was the only chunk of that tract not zoned for a planned development.
It's the end of an era for Kraus, who had long resisted the thought of 257 housing units sprouting up around his hatchery and ponds.
"They came up with a figure that got my attention, is what it comes down to," he said.
Kraus will spend the coming weeks scrambling to find another plot of land for his thousands of fish. If the zoning request goes through, he'll be packing up and preparing to move elsewhere.
"The whole moving thing has really got me down," he said. "There's no way I can start a fish farm in a month."
A zoning hearing master is scheduled to hear the request Dec. 13. The County Commission will consider it Jan. 25. (Petition RZ 04-1815)