Trinity In The News: Pasco’s residential and commercial boom continued as the decade ended

27 Dec

According to CT Bowen of the Tampa Bay Times, Trinity is going to be the home of a new Longhorn Steakhouse and an Olive Garden, all in The Villages at Mitchell Ranch! It’s great to see some new restaurants coming to our immediate area!

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If you wonder how the Pasco County economy did for the decade, look no further than the interchange of Interstate 75 and State Road 56, where Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel come together.

The area was mostly empty fields through the first half of the 2010s, even though there were plenty of drawings and plans for a retail hub that had been expected to blossom years earlier.

Look now.

Over the past four years, commerce replaced grazing cattle in what is known collectively as the Cypress Creek Town Center. To the south, the Tampa Premium Outlets mall started the commercial boom when it opened in 2015, and warehouse-sized retailers like Costco and At Home followed suit. On the north side of SR 56 came a bevy of food service establishments, a hote, and an Earth Fare grocery as one of the anchors to a strip center.

The construction dust continues with Aldi, Main Event Entertainment and a trio of Bloomin’ Brand restaurants among the projects underway as the year comes to a close.

All told, Pasco County issued 521 permits for new commercial construction in its 2019 fiscal year that ended Oct. 1.

The boom in Lutz/Wesley Chapel was duplicated in west Pasco with the opening of the Village at Mitchell Ranch bringing retailing to the former homestead of the Mitchell family at the corner of Little Road and State Road 54 in Trinity. Sprouts Farmers Market serves as one of the retail anchors, and the restaurants Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse recently filed preliminary plans with Pasco County to locate there.

But those restaurants grocers, and general merchandise stores wouldn’t be opening if they didn’t have customers to serve. The greatest measure of the nearby customer base is the proximity to house rooftops. In the 12-month period ending Oct. 1, Pasco County issued 4,005 construction permits for new single-family homes.

Lennar continued to be nearly omnipresent in Pasco County. Just after the year started, public records showed the home-building giant had acquired 1,443 acres in the Connerton development east of U.S. 41 to bookend its planned Angeline development. Angeline, formerly known as Project Arthur, is slated for the thousands of acres south of State Road 52 between the Suncoast Parkway and the CSX railroad tracks. The project, which includes a planned 800-acre business park, unveiled its first proposed occupant — an expansion of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

Industrial recruiters stayed busy throughout the year with multiple project announcements, including:

  • Phillips & Jordan, Inc., building a regional headquarters near San Antonio.
  • Fleda Pharmaceuticals Corp., a new pharmaceutical manufacturer, which said it would create 30 jobs at a site in Odessa.
  • JDR Investments, which purchased a vacant 67-acre site in Lacoochee from Columbia Grain and Ingredients Inc., with plans to turn it into a 25-acre precast concrete plant.
  • Colwell Avenue Properties, which will build a pair of three-story office buildings, each totaling 60,000 square feet, along State Road 54 in Lutz.
  • Encompass Health. a provider of patient rehabilitation, home health and hospice services, which is bringing its regional business office and 179 jobs to a planned 37,000-square-foot office and administrative building within the Bexley by Newland Communities on the north side of SR 54.
  • Rooker Properties LLC, which said it will purchase approximately 99 acres owned by Pasco County’s Utilities Department and use a $3.7 million county incentive to build at least 400,000 square feet of industrial and office space. The project will be the largest-ever industrial space built on speculation in Pasco County, Rooker said.

Those aren’t the only things coming to Pasco County. By the end of the fiscal year, more than 1 million tourists had visited the county. They spent an estimated $462.6 million during their stays on hotels, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and attractions, according to a visitor-tracking study by the Tallahassee firm Downs & St. Germain.

It estimated the tourism industry’s yearly economic impact to Pasco County at more than $652 million.

Opening Soon: Chicken Salad Chick in Trinity

15 Dec

We don’t normally get too excited about restaurant openings but everyone at Welcome to Trinity are huge fans of Chicken Salad Chick and we’re excited that one is opening right here in Trinity!

Chicken Salad Chick is a fast casual restaurant chain and franchise of chicken salad restaurants based in Auburn, Alabama. As of November 2019, the chain consists of 139 franchise restaurants and stores in 16 different U.S. states.

The restaurant serves fifteen styles of chicken salad, served either on bread or lettuce. It also provides chicken salad by the pound for take-out and delicatessen-style sandwiches and side dishes.

The restaurant’s menu includes pimento cheese, macaroni and cheese, pasta salad and grape salad. Daily soup specials include tomato bisque and chicken tortilla; loaded potato soup is available daily.

The Chicken Salad Chick in Trinity will be opening soon at 12096 State Road 54 in Odessa, Florida 33556. You can reach them by calling (334) 275-4578

Food Review: Blaze Pizza in Trinity

1 Dec

Prior to Blaze Pizza opening their Trinity location in The Villages at Mitchell Ranch, I had never heard of them before. I was intrigued by their menu and by some of the things I had heard from friends and family who had tried the concept in other areas. I was also interested in trying out their “Keto” pizza.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been on Keto for almost two years. Keto-friendly pizza is a myth and practically every place that advertises it doesn’t know what they’re talking about and will serve you a pizza that will surely kick you out of Ketosis after the first slice or two. With that said, I gave it a shot. After doing some research on their Keto product, it does, in fact, appear to be completely Keto friendly. I’m sold. Let’s try it.

Blaze Pizza was pretty busy the first time we went there. It was a Saturday night around 6:30 p.m., and the line was well outside of the door. This wasn’t a good first sign, but it turned out the line moved pretty quickly. I was a novice at ordering, so I stumbled a bit but ended up with their Keto crust, spicy red sauce, and some meatballs, pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms. My family ordered two additional, non-keto friendly Pizzas.

They were quickly sent to the oven, and within a few minutes, our names were called. The pizza’s not only looked fantastic; they were very, very good. Everyone was happy with their pizza, no complaints from anyone in our party.

We’ve been back to Blaze Pizza 4 times in the past two months. Each time, the service has been great, and the resulting pizza has been phenomenal. We haven’t had a bad experience with them, and I don’t think you will either.

Blaze Pizza in Trinity is located in The Village at Mitchell Ranch. Their address is 3194 Word Way, Suite H-3, Trinity, Florida 34655. Their phone number is (727) 250-0777.