Grand Opening: Trinity Car Wash

27 Oct

We’re excited to see that Trinity Car Wash has opened! It’s state-of-the-art facility is located at 11970 State Road 54 in the Trinity Lakes Crossings plaza located between State Road 54 and Trinity Blvd.

Once you are done going through the state-of-the-art cat washing system, the vacuums, air hoses, clean towels and window cleaner are all free to use. They even have some pretty amazing floor mat cleaners for both carpeted and rubber floor mats.

Trinity Car Wash is open 7 days a week, from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. If you have questions, you can give them a call at (727) 626-2267 or visit their website – https://www.TrinityWash.com/.

They also have a Facebook Page for Trinity Car Wash.

Trinity in the News: Pasco community buzzes about renewed town center effort in Trinity

30 Aug
MICHELE MILLER |  TIMES
 The former Trinity Town Center, now called Trinity Tuscan Center, is under construction  after a decade-long delay.
MICHELE MILLER | TIMES The former Trinity Town Center, now called Trinity Tuscan Center, is under construction after a decade-long delay.

TRINITY — Mike Orsi is the involuntary developer of Trinity Tuscan Center.

Involuntary, because one of the Orsi family companies, Sunfield Homes, sold the 13.5 acres of land at Little Road and Trinity Boulevard nearly 14 years ago for $5.4 million.

But Tarpon Springs-based developer Bill Planes’ planned pedestrian-friendly Trinity Town Center — a dozen Mediterranean-style buildings intended to hold upscale restaurants, boutique shops and professional offices surrounding a Main Street-like area with a clock tower and outdoor gathering space — flopped.

Against the backdrop of the Great Recession, a collapsing real estate market, accusations of bad faith, prolonged legal entanglements and eventually U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Trinity Town Center stood as an unfinished edifice — an unsightly cinder-block elephant in one of Pasco County’s wealthiest communities. Today, its only tenants are Raymond James Financial and Lifespring Church.

In late 2016, eight years after the originally scheduled completion, the Orsi family’s newly formed Trinity Tuscan Center LLC retrieved the property as part of the bankruptcy proceedings involving Planes’ former company, Trinity Town Center LLLP. Sunfield Homes not only sold the property, it lent money for the development and was owed $13.7 million.

And, no, this isn’t how Orsi planned it.

For one thing, Orsi companies own commercial property elsewhere, including 34 vacant acres across the street from the Trinity Tuscan Center.

“I could build there and not be bothered with what he (Planes) did,’’ Orsi said. “But it didn’t happen. It’s not my forte to do what he anticipated.’’

Instead, the new Orsi company is refurbishing the long-dormant, partially completed project to rebuild the development’s credibility and to attract tenants that never materialized.

“We had to take the staleness and the negative image from it, and that’s what we’re focusing on,’’ said Orsi. “We’re going into the market place (to seek tenants), but there was no point in trying to attract people into the place until you’ve got it refurbished and cleaned up.’’

They rechristened the property as Trinity Tuscan Center, cleaned off the graffiti, replaced broken windows and are installing structural steel, tile roofs, windows, doors, stucco and paint. Scaffolding towers, the sound of power tools and subcontractors’ signs for plumbing, air conditioning, stucco and roofing companies signal the construction activity.

Pasco County approved the center’s preliminary construction and drainage plans on Aug. 13. The plans show more than 150,000 square feet of leasable space, including three spots designated for restaurants and 11 spaces for office/retail. The parking garage is another 118,000 square feet.

Among the hoped-for tenants is a specialty grocery store to occupy 24,000 square feet. Orsi said they also plan to put a metal roof over the top floor of the parking deck where they can affix solar panels to power the lighting.

The renewed work is creating a buzz in the community.

“Everybody is just itching to see what is gong to show up,’’ said Realtor Dan Roberts, who is not affiliated with the project, but who started and administers the 1,700-member “Trinity Town Center Update Page’’ on Facebook.

“It would be an amazing community asset,’’ said Roberts. “To get the sort of town center with that true, fully realized landscape, you have to go to downtown St. Petersburg or to an Armature Works-style location (in Tampa). The draw will be regional for something like that.’’

Trinity Tuscan Center is within the county commission district represented by Commissioner Kathryn Starkey, who relayed a project update through her constituent newsletter in May.

“That center has stunning architecture and certainly lays itself out for some very nice restaurants and some very nice shopping for the community. I’m really glad to see the activity there,’’ she said last week.

Orsi was not specific on a time line except to say “from my part, it’s not fast enough.’’ He said the ongoing work is being done “all out of pocket. No financing.’’

He declined to speculate on tenants. Recruitment is tied to the area’s demographics, number of rooftops and competition in the marketplace, which is increasing. For instance, Sprouts Farmers Market already announced it would locate in another planned pedestrian-friendly project — the nearby Villages at Mitchell Ranch at Little Road and State Road 54.

“I absolutely will do my duty to get it finished,’’ Orsi said. He later offered a tongue-in-cheek paraphrase of Field of Dreams’ dialogue to sum up the Trinity Tuscan Center effort.

“We’ll build it. They will come.’’

Trinity in the News: Tired of fast food? Maybe there’ll be an Armature Works-like hall in Trinity

18 Jul
MICHELE MILLER   |   Times
Construction has begun on the Village at Mitchell Ranch at the southwest corner of State Road 54 and Little Road.
MICHELE MILLER | Times Construction has begun on the Village at Mitchell Ranch at the southwest corner of State Road 54 and Little Road.
Original Source – Tampa Bay Times

TRINITY — New Jersey-based M&M Realty Partners has a contract to develop the remaining 300 acres of the Mitchell 54 West project at State Road 54 and Little Road.

Land owner Dewey Mitchell shared the information July 11 with a North Tampa Bay Chamber luncheon crowd of 58 people at the Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity. Mitchell also offered an enticing tidbit about what might be in the works: A food hall and market place similar to Armature Works in Tampa.

Armature Works is a mixed-use project in Tampa Heights in a historic building that served as the storage facility for Tampa Electric’s street cars. It includes shared work space and meeting rooms and its centerpiece is the 22,000-square-foot Heights Public Market where communal seating is surrounded by 15 food locations.

M&M did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment. The company developed the Market Place at Citrus Park, a 200,000-square-foot project that includes Costco, Aldi, and Ford’s Garage on West Linebaugh Avenue in Tampa.

The company’s web site also hints at more projects coming to the state by noting the ongoing construction of a 50,000-square-foot Boynton Beach Market Place, “one of M&M’s newest projects in Florida, but because of the partners’ aggressive outlook on this state, it will soon be one of many.’’

The 300 acres in Pasco County would be the second phase of the Mitchell project, planned as a 330-acre, mixed-use project of up to 800 homes and nearly 1 million square feet of commercial space. First announced four years ago, the project initially was planned to include an outdoor mall, movie theater, fitness center, offices and public gathering space within walking distance of the residential neighborhood. It’s a design concept referred to as a town center or lifestyle center.

The 30-acre first phase of the Mitchell project, known as the Village at Mitchell Ranch, is under construction.

VMR Development of Alabama acquired that parcel in May for $8.5 million. VMR is a newly formed company that includes the principals of Blackwater Resources of Birmingham, Ala. Blackwater previously developed the Mitchell Ranch shopping plaza on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Sprouts Farmers Market already announced it will be one of the anchors in the Village at Mitchell Ranch. Mitchell distributed maps to the audience that identified other tenants as HomeGoods, Mattress One, Michael’s, Ulta Beauty, PDQ, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Five Below and Skechers.

But the idea of M&M considering an Armature Works-like project for Trinity generated the most buzz.

“I loved hearing that,’’ said financial planner and former Pasco Commissioner Michael Cox, who introduced Mitchell to the audience.

“I think it’s fantastic,’’ said Hope Allen, president and CEO of the North Tampa Bay Chamber. “I think it’s absolutely a necessity. The 54 corridor is a great place for it.’’

She noted the collaborative work space could benefit entrepreneurs, while the food offerings “gives us added culinary options, outside of big box, chain restaurants.’’

Mitchell said the 300-acre second phase could break ground in October or November if the sales contract closes in the fall.

Sprouts Farmers Market to open a new store in Trinity!

29 Apr

Pasco County will be getting its first Sprouts Farmers Market, the organic grocery chain announced Wednesday.

The new store will open at the Village at Mitchell Ranch on State Road 54 and Little Road. Officials with the specialty store did not say when the store will open to shoppers.

More information on Sprouts Farmers Market coming to Trinity here!

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc., is an American supermarket chain headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The stores are full-service and emphasize organic foods including fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items. The chain was created to respond to consumers’ growing demand in health and wellness. Sprouts employs more than 28,000 individuals and operates more than 300 stores in 19 states from coast to coast. A typical Sprouts Farmers Market store is around 30,000 square feet.

Trinity in the News: News Articles from around the Area!

3 Jan

Taso Italiano Featured in The Neighborhood News – April 20, 2017
Mitchell 54 West Project Updates – January 9, 2017
Circle K to build at Starkey Blvd and State Road 54
 – June 28, 2015
List of Stores at Tampa Premium Outlets in Wesley Chapel – June 28, 2015
Publix to open new store in Shoppes at Trinity Lakes – March 13, 2015
Push to resume Ridge Road Extension
 – February 20, 2015
Developer Hines Set To Launch Asturia – January 25,2015
Big Pasco Outdoor Mall at Mitchell Ranch
 – September 5, 2014
Behnke Ranch Projects Calls For Homes, Multifamily Units – April 8, 2014
– Pasco County Government – Behnke Ranch Project Information
Trinity Neighborhood News – March 2014 Edition
Mall and 800 homes planned for Pasco’s Mitchell Ranch Property – March 14, 2014