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Assisted living facility planned for New Tampa

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Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 04:55 PM
NEW TAMPA -

A plan to build an assisted living facility and professional office complex on Highwoods Preserve Parkway is getting a better reception than a failed charter school proposal last year.

Pinpoint Commercial LP of Houston has won the support of the Tampa City Council to build a two-story, 88-bed residential center for seniors at 18600 Highwoods Preserve Parkway. Three, single-story buildings with space for medical and professional offices also are planned for the site.

The proposal sailed through the rezoning process early this year with the blessing of the West Meadows Homeowner’s Association.

Last year, West Meadows and Richmond Place residents joined forces to stop a charter school and daycare center project hoping to build there. They cited concerns about the school drawing increased traffic to Highwoods Preserve Parkway and nearby New Tampa Boulevard during school hours.

“We are very pleased with the unanimous support by both the residents and West Meadows HOA, as well as staff and City Council on the approval of this facility,” said Michael Horner, Pinpoint Commercial’s representative in Tampa.

“Obviously, the prior proposed charter school was a very difficult case, and we are pleased to be able to offer this very compatible and appropriate land use.”

The project’s lender requires an official show of support from West Meadows homeowners, which the company is trying to secure now, Horner said.

Brad van Rooyen, a member of the Tampa Palms Open Space and Transportation (TPOST) Community Development District Board of Supervisors and president of the West Meadows and Promenade homeowners associations, said the assisted living facility will be an asset to the community.

Evelyn Romano, also a TPOST member and community activist, agreed, saying it will give retirees the option to live close to children and grandchildren who live in the area.

Neither believes the retirement center would generate the amount of traffic a school would.

Pinpoint Commercial began eying the 17.2-acre property as a possible spot for the congregate living center after the city council denied a request by Bay Court Inc. of Boca Raton to rezone the property for a proposed charter school last year.

For years, the wooded area just north of the Muvico Starlight 20 served as the Sunday sanctuary for members of Joyful Servants Lutheran Church. The congregation bought the property in 2001 and has been looking for a buyer for several years.

The city council approved Pinpoint’s request to rezone the property at Highwoods Preserve Parkway and Brinegar Circle to house an assisted living facility and professional offices in January. The land had been zoned for multifamily units or a church with daycare use.

The site will contain buildings with pitched roofs. The assisted living building will be 64,000-square-feet and have a courtyard. The three smaller buildings will each be about 2,500 square feet. One of the smaller buildings will be used for medical purposes and two will be used as professional offices.


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