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Land O'Lakes corners about to get busier

(ran East edition)

Trees and pasture will become stores and restaurants at two major intersections in Land O'Lakes.

Heeding the call of potential customers flooding central Pasco County, commercial developers plan to make over 38 acres at Dale Mabry Highway and County Line Road and nine acres at Livingston Road and State Road 54.

Furthest along is the development of the southwest corner of Livingston and SR 54. Construction plans within months of approval call for a gas station/convenience store, a bank and a fast-food restaurant.

The property's Tampa developers have yet to reveal specific tenants for the corner, which stands across the street from a 7-Eleven convenience store. Serving the project would be two driveways on SR 54 and another on Livingston.

On the northeast corner of Dale Mabry and County Line Road, the Mitchell Co., one of the Southeast's largest developers, is planning a shopping center anchored by an undisclosed big-box store.

Its square footage of 173,200 fits the profile of a mega-store along the lines of a SuperTarget, one of which is planned 6 miles away at SR 54 and the Suncoast Parkway.

Another building, of 139,200 square feet, also appears on the company's rezoning application. Marked "multi-user," the building would be occupied by several tenants. Four outparcels, which could include a gas station and restaurants, round out the project.

The Mitchell Co. is no slacker in the realm of commercial development. By its own count it has developed 120 shopping centers, along with 121 apartment complexes and 10,000 homes.

The 38 acres, south of property proposed for a Wal-Mart Supercenter, are owned by Lester and Betty Fetty and William and Namileth Hope, according to county records.