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2 builders selected for Asturia

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— Eco-friendly developer Hines Inc. has tapped Ashton Woods Homes and David Weekley Homes as the builders for the former Behnke Ranch property, renamed Asturia.

The first new homes should be available by spring.

The Texas-based developer paid $21 million last year for the 536-acre parcel, which had approved zoning and entitlements in place. Located on State Road 54 west of the Suncoast Parkway, Asturia is slated for 550 single-family homes, 200 town homes, 433 multifamily units, 200,000 square feet of commercial space, 180,000 square feet of office space and 350,000 square feet of office/light-industrial space.

Hines’ managing director, Lane Gardner, said the homebuilders were picked because they specialize in eco-friendly, energy-efficient homes to fit the company’s sustainable design mission. Hines will build recreational parks, a trail network, playgrounds, picnic areas, and community clubhouse and central town hall with a fitness center and a “luxurious resort-style” swimming pool for the community.

“Asturia presents a terrific opportunity for a high-quality, mixed-use master-planned community, and we are pleased that we are partnering with Ashton Woods Homes and David Weekley Homes. Both are best-in-class, award-winning builders who will bring great architecture and innovative design to the development,” Gardner said.

Both builders will construct multiple single-family homes, offering homebuyers price options, in traditional neighborhood and conventional home styles.

“Ashton Woods is very selective about where we build homes. Asturia’s location in Pasco County, the community design and Hines’ reputation and development expertise are the right fit for us and our future homebuyers,” said Ashton Woods Florida Division President John Reny.

David Weekley Homes has grown to become the largest privately held home builder in America and has built homes in Longleaf and Meadow Pointe.

“We are thrilled to partner with Hines and be a part of Asturia,” Tampa Division President Mark Thomas said in a news release. “This is going to be a beautiful master-planned community, offering wonderful amenities for homebuyers and Tampa-area residents.”

Developers of the nearby Starkey Ranch project said they expect to announce homebuilders in the next few weeks.

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