Roadwork = Opportunity

State Road 54 and SR 56

This was a sleepy little road with a big left hand return that took all travelers along another sleepy little road called Old Tampa Road. This was the most direct way to get from Central Pasco to Highway 75/275. Of course, when you went under the 75/275 underpass you were at the northern point of Bruce B Downs … and nothing was happening there either.

Now, the 54/56 Intersection is the gateway to the highway, to the Premium Outlets, the Cypress Creek Town Center, and in the Northwest quadrant construction is under way for a WaWa to serve the big rental apartment complex and the recently opened Wendy’s.

All in all, at this intersection, you will have more than 25 restaurants, coffee shops and smoothie bars to satisfy your hunger and slake your thirst. Add with high volume of traffic new diverging diamond configuration will be built and is under way now.  This FDOT youtube video is informative.

Increased Property Values and Stable Property Taxes

The Pasco County Tax Rate is expected to remain the same in 2020 as new development continues to expand the county’s tax base. The county is projecting a 9.5% increase in assessed value. The Pasco Mil Rate is the lowest off the three TampaBay Counties.

More Roadworks

Old State Road 54 Project is 4.5 mile Road widening from Wesley Chapel to Zephyrhills which is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2021. The project is designed to reduce congestion between Curley Road and Morris Bridge Road.

The SR 56 extension from Meadow Point Boulevard to US 301 is scheduled for completion this fall. The Intersections at Morris Bridge Road and 301 will also be adjusted to ease traffic flow at these two busy intersections. The $59.2 million dollar project will be six miles long and will have a multi-purpose trail for bicycle, rollerblade and pedestrian use.  

Growth Spells Opportunity

Wesley Chapel and Land O’Lakes are two of the fastest growing communities in the State with new employment opportunities: a continually improving infrastructure, new schools (at all levels), several private schools, and a rich array of builders with new home plans set to satisfy everyone. 

If you are moving to our area let us know. We can help you find the builder and the community right for you, your family and your budget.

Central Pasco Business Development

A Central Pasco Business Development Proposal

A proposal for a 24 million-square-foot corporate business park, plus residential and other components in Central Pasco is a step closer to reality. The proposed development, dubbed Project Arthur, will be located on 6,951 acres — east of the Suncoast Parkway, west of the CSX rail line and south of State Road 52.

In addition to the massive office park, there would be 11,495 residences and other supportive uses, under the proposal. A key element of the Plan is a 24 million square foot Corporate Business Park which would add significant employment opportunities to Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.  

Pasco Infrastructure Budgets Double

Pasco County is projecting a 9.5 perfect increase in assessed value. This increase will allow the County to double our infrastructure budget without raising taxes. Pasco County has routinely invested $21 million dollars annually in infrastructure development and improvement. The County has now approved an annual budget increase to $45.5 million. This includes new or improved fire stations, an expanded Detention Center, Branch Library Improvement, District Parks and  Parks and Recreation projects. 

Welcome to the Sports Coast

Pasco County’s Tourism Office has re-branded our county. Effective immediately Pasco is now FLORIDA’S SPORTS COAST.  Last Year Pasco County had 957,000 visitors who contributed $615 million to our local economy. More than one million hotel room nights were purchased. Anchoring our claim to be a sports Mecca is the Advent Health’s Center Ice ice rink which is the largest skating facility in the entire Southeast of the country and the  Wiregrass Sports Complex which is under construction. 

Sports Coast

Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex

An important part of Pasco”s position as the Florida Sports Coast is the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Complex located just beyond The Wiregrass Shops. The Complex has a $44 Million budget sitting on a 224 acre parcel of land. The design calls for a multi-purpose sports complex anchored by a 98,000 square foot all purpose building which can host all the indoor sports including volleyball, basketball and other indoor events including cheer leading and gymnastics.

Cypress Creek Town Center Continues to Expand

Across the street from the Premium Outlets at SR56 and Highway 75/275 is Cypress Creek Town Center. New stores opening include Five Below, Burlington, HomeGoods and diners have an increasing selection including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Fast Fire D Blaze Pizza, Pollo Tropical, Wendy’s, Ford Garage, Mellow Mushroom, Sweet Tea Cafe, Chuy’s Tex Mex, and Bahama Breeze. 

Women’s Sports Museum

Check it out.It is on the second floor of the Center Ice Building which is at the Northeast corner of SR 56 and Highway 75/275. 

Much more planned for Central Pasco and beyond. Please give us call and ask question and let us help you find your dream home here in Pasco, Hernando, or the Tampa Bay Area. Click Here to Search Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Good Name

The SR 54 / 56 roadway from Little Road to Meadow Pointe Blvd is 30 miles long. And that 30 miles is an explosion of activity. More than 14 Builders are building new, residential communities, four major apartment complexes are in the midst of construction and virtually every restaurant chain or franchise that has heard of


Pasco County Florida is building or opening on the corridor. And, of course, the center of all this activity is between The Premium Outlets and Cypress Creek Town Center and the Shops of Wiregrass. We are seeing upmarket car dealers arrive along with the largest ice rink facility in the Southeast and 110 retail shops in the Premium outlet alone.

Whew! It’s exhausting. We haven’t calculated how many restaurants are now locatedin this thirty mile stretch but we do know that there at least three (and maybe four) Dunkin’ Donuts. If we are looking at an example of regional health and growth and future promise—you can see it every day you drive the 54/56 corridor.

Sheena’s Summer Update—Miscellaneous:


Sheena’s Summer Update—Miscellaneous:

Dennis Realty Top Team

Bob and I were named Top Team for New Construction Sales last year. If you’re interested in buying/building let us know. We can help you with the whole process.

Norwegian Airlines

This low-cost carrier just appeared on the scene in the past year. We have a number of friends and relatives who have tried the airline and they say it’s great—at least the prices are. The caution they add is to be sure and bring your own food but that’s easy. They have fared as low as $250.00 each way from Tampa to London. And they fly to more than 150 destinations. Our niece flew from Virginia to Ireland for peanuts (which she wished she had brought with her). We checked and they are sold out at least two months ahead. Anyway—check it out. It might be pretty basic but the flight to England is only about eight hours and you can save a $1,000.

Property Tax in Pasco County:

When everything costs more money it's nice to know that the Pasco County Commission agreed to NOT increase our property tax rate in 2019. Of course, if the value of your property goes up you will pay more, but the increasing value is a good thing.

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Cypress Creek Town Center

The 54/56/75 intersection will be getting busier. In addition to the new apartment complex under construction and the Burger King (both located in the northwest corner of 54/56), Cypress Creek Town Center will be adding more stores. Located across the road from the Premium Outlets the shopping center has signed At Home, Burlington Coat Factory, Earth Fare Grocery, Home Goods and Five Below. Of course, there will be at least six restaurants on the  North side of 56 to balance eight restaurants on the south side. On the restaurant count, I may be off because they are arriving at a very rapid rate. We are at no risk of starving.

All for now:

Stay cool. I think it is getting hotter every summer. We are going to visit my mother in South Africa at the end of August. She’s 94 so, we’re doubling up on our South African visits this year and its winter there now. But, in the meantime, no matter where we are in the world we can help you with your real estate needs. 

  • Relocation
  • New Construction
  • Re-Sale
  • Buying
  • Selling

It’s the miracle of the networking.

Best Regards, Sheena