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Largo discusses choices for way forward for former golf course property | Vast

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LARGO — In Might, the Metropolis Fee permitted the $600,000 buy of the previous Pinecrest Golf Course property simply north of Taylor Lake Park.

The purpose was to show the 21.4-acre web site right into a regional stormwater retention space that would support personal development within the medical arts district to the north.

However earlier than town would shut the take care of OB Golf Funding Group LLP, it paid $230,000 to a advisor to find out if the positioning at 1200 eighth Ave. SW might even be used for stormwater administration functions.

The examine is full and the reply is sure, in accordance with Jerald Woloszynski, town’s director of Engineering Providers, who introduced the outcomes to the fee Nov. 15.

Now, the query is easy methods to greatest use the property that could possibly be mixed with 4.7 acres of city-owned land to the west.

There aren’t many choices, although.

When the neighboring assisted-living facility — which is now known as Elison Senior Residing of Pinecrest — was constructed on the jap aspect of the course within the Eighties, all the growth rights had been used to assemble its constructing. Due to this fact, the positioning can solely be used for open area recreation or stormwater retention.

A conceptual web site plan created by the consultants confirmed how town might obtain its major purpose but in addition offered some secondary functions that would embrace a passive park with strolling trails.

The principle objective could be to create a 5-acre regional stormwater retention pond on the northernmost portion of the property.

The pond, Woloszynski stated, would function the grasp storm pond for the Medical Arts District and would permit property homeowners to maximise the event of their property.

The Medical Arts District is an space that encompasses about 37 acres within the western portion of Largo’s West Bay Drive Group Redevelopment District and contains a number of the metropolis’s largest employers like HCA Florida Largo Hospital, previously referred to as Largo Medical Heart.

“They’ve all the time stated they’ve future growth plans, and it will present the chance to make use of a pond on our web site for stormwater retention fairly than having to find that on their property,” Metropolis Supervisor Henry Schubert stated. “So, it really enhances their skill to develop their campus.”

The town might additionally make modifications that might enhance water high quality, Woloszynski stated.

The closure of the golf course itself supplies rapid enhancements to the close by McKay Creek watershed basin, he stated.

Including to the southern portion of the property, similar to setting up a wetland and ponds, would additionally profit the basin.

“I feel this can be a nice challenge,” Mayor Woody Brown stated. “You’ll be able to’t develop something there. It could serve an awesome objective for cleansing water that is happening into McKay Creek that is in all probability bought fairly a little bit of vitamins.”

The location plan additionally introduced the opportunity of including passive leisure facilities, similar to picnic shelters and a 0.7-mile strolling path that would connect with the path.

Including these options, nevertheless, would require town to take a position assets into upkeep of operations of the positioning, Woloszynski stated.

Brown stated he want to see extra entry for pedestrians who is perhaps utilizing the Pinellas Path or Taylor Lake Park so they might get to the Medical Arts District.

“I am certain that folks that recreate and stroll, they need to have the ability to stroll over to that medical arts district and go to the Amish Retailer and get a sandwich with out having to stroll by way of the buffer,” he stated.

The fee will determine at its Dec. 6 assembly whether or not to proceed with buy of the property.

Management modifications

4 commissioners had been sworn into workplace Nov. 15.

Commissioner Michael Smith regained Seat 1 with out opposition.

He was elected to the fee in 2011 (three-year time period) and was reelected in 2014 and 2018. Smith, a Largo native, has labored within the Pinellas County library system for the previous 17 years. He’s at present a library assistant on the Pinellas Park Library.

Additionally gaining an uncontested seat was newcomer Chris Johnson.

Johnson is president/CEO of Piper Fireplace Safety and Piper Electrical Providers and has been lively on a number of native boards, together with town’s Finance Advisory Board.

“I am simply humbled to be amongst this illustrious group of on a regular basis residents sitting up right here making robust selections,” Johnson stated, additionally thanking household, supporters and former commissioners John Carroll and Homosexual Gentry for encouraging him to run.

Curtis Holmes and Donna Holck prevailed of their campaigns Nov. 8.

Holck is the proprietor of DGH Tax Consulting Inc. and was the proprietor of Distinctive Nails Inc. for greater than 20 years. She was elected to the fee in 2014 and regained the seat with out opposition in 2018.

“My nice due to the residents of Largo and their religion in me and confidence to having voted me again in for an additional time period,” she stated.

Holmes, a licensed insurance coverage agent since 1975 and the proprietor of First Southeast Insurance coverage Providers Inc., was elected to the Metropolis Fee in 2009, and was reelected in 2012 and 2016. He misplaced his seat in 2020 when he was defeated by present Commissioner Eric Gerard.

“I might wish to thank the voters of town of Largo that had sufficient religion in me that they voted for me once more,” he stated. “That is like having my second time on the first time round.”

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