By Tamas Mondovics

Newland Communities’ 700-acre site, once known as Lake Hutto then most recently, Circa FishHawk, was once again renamed by the California-based developer and will be known as FishHawk Ranch.

Newland officials confirmed the name change late last month, emphasizing that the decision was both fitting and timely in connection with the new development, located south of FishHawk Blvd., between Boyette Rd. and FishHawk Ranch.

“Since FishHawk Ranch has such a strong, positive presence and reputation within our community, Newland Communities made the decision to include this latest phase with it as well,” said Newland Communities Vice President and General Manager, Tom Panaseny.

The community gives home to two Hillsborough County public schools, Stowers Elementary and Barrington Middle, as well as the LEEDS certified Kids ‘R’ Kids Childcare Center, and neighboring Mosaic Headquarters.

“We will have many, if not all of the same builders we’ve had in FishHawk through the years,” Panaseny said. “All in all, we will have twelve hundred new homes and pricing will start in the low two hundreds.”

“Our models will be finished in September, and pre-sales will begin in July,” he said.

The area will have its own CDD and amenities, which will include adult and splash pools, a gathering room, fitness center, screened game room and a dog park, all of which are expected to be complete by year end.

Panaseny says that traffic concerns on the nearby roadways are being addressed by planned improvements on the eastern end of FishHawk Blvd. which are underway.

Improvements include planned traffic signals at the Starling entrance, Newsome and Randall schools which are currently under construction and slated to be operational for fall.

“Newland’s additional off-site roadway obligation is the widening of Bell Shoals Rd. from two lanes to four from FishHawk Blvd. north to Bloomingdale,” Panaseny added. “Bell Shoals roadway widening plans are under design and permitting. The county should start acquiring needed right-of-way later this year.”

Newland promises that once such right-of-way is available, the widening will commence.  For further information, visit


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