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Moffitt Cancer Center buys 775 acres in Pasco

The land, within Lennar’s Angeline development, had been identified as a commerce park.
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute purchased 775 acres in central Pasco County for a planned expansion. TIMES [VYCELLIX, A SWEDISH CANCER THERAPY RESEARCH COMPANY, IS SETTING UP ITS U.S. HEADQUARTERS NEAR THE H. LEE MOFFITT CANCER CENTER & RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN TAMPA. (TIMES FILES]
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute purchased 775 acres in central Pasco County for a planned expansion. TIMES [VYCELLIX, A SWEDISH CANCER THERAPY RESEARCH COMPANY, IS SETTING UP ITS U.S. HEADQUARTERS NEAR THE H. LEE MOFFITT CANCER CENTER & RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN TAMPA. (TIMES FILES]

LAND O’ LAKES — H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute’s planned expansion into Pasco County officially has a place to call home. The center paid $23.5 million for 775 acres of one-time ranch land that Lennar is developing into the massive Angeline residential and commercial project.

In a transaction that closed in late January, Moffitt acquired the four parcels designated for a commerce park within the Angeline site, south of State Road 52 and east of the Suncoast Parkway in Land O’ Lakes.

"They can pick who they want to go in there with them,'' Bill Cronin, CEO of the Pasco Economic Development Council, said of Moffitt purchasing all of the commerce park.

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Angeline, formerly known as Project Arthur, carries entitlements for nearly 10,000 homes, 5.4 million square feet of non-residential uses and the commerce park. Lennar previously sold 843 acres for $22 million to Pasco County as an environmental preserve. Lennar had acquired more than 2,900 acres from the Bexley family’s Angeline Corp. for $23.65 million in 2017.

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The Moffitt land abuts a planned interchange at the Suncoast Parkway and the Ridge Road Extension, an 8-mile east-west route to link west Pasco and U.S. 41 in Land O’ Lakes. The Sierra Club recently filed suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for issuing Pasco County a permit to build the road through the 6,533-acre Serenova Preserve. But U.S. District Court Judge Charlene Honeywell denied the Sierra Club’s request for an emergency injunction in a Feb. 14 ruling.

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The Sierra Club is suing federal environmental regulators to try to block the extension of Ridge Road in Pasco County through a nature preserve. A federal judge denied the bid for an emergency injunction to hald construction after a Feb. 14 hearing. [C.T. Bowen | Times]

“We are still continuing to move forward with construction of Ridge Road, but that’s only the first step in what is going to be a long process,’’ said Pasco County Attorney Jefffrey Steinsnyder.

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